“Red Pumpkin”©Yayoi Kusama,2006 Naoshima Miyanoura Port Square
Photo/Daisuke Aochi

Just 30 minutes by high-speed boat from Takamatsu Port lies the island of Naoshima, a premiere destination for all who appreciate contemporary art. Home to several large-scale and site-specific masterworks scattered across the landscape—including Yayoi Kusama’s Red Pumpkin and Sou Fujimoto's Naoshima Pavilion—Naoshima is sure to mesmerize the traveler with its seamless integration between art and the natural world. Boasting an environment unique to the islands in the Seto Inland Sea, Naoshima is home to classical townscapes and buildings designed by acclaimed architects, exuding nostalgia and giving a glimpse into Japan’s bygone days.

Naoshima Pavilion Owner:Naoshima Town Architect:Sou Fujimoto Architects
Photo/Jin Fukuda

Set foot on the island, and go explore Naoshima’s three villages—Miyanoura, Honmura and Benesse House Area—each with something special to offer. For a moment of relaxation with an artistic twist, head to Miyanoura and enjoy a soak at ‘Naoshima Bath "I Love 湯"’—a fusion between an art center and a public bath designed by the artist Shinro Ohtake, featuring stunning tilework and paintings. To gain a closer look at traditional architecture, visit the ANDO MUSEUM in Honmura, with exhibits documenting the history of Naoshima and featuring photographs, sketches, and models that convey the wonder of the renowned architect Tadao Ando’s work. Then, fully immerse yourself in the art world by diving into the plethora of museums in Benesse House Area, including Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum, and the Benesse House Museum —all of which were designed by Tadao Ando.

Address: Naoshima, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa Prefecture

Airport: Takamatsu Airport

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