Naoshima is a whimsical island in the Seto Inland Sea, part of a picturesque archipelago located southwest of Tokyo. Renowned for a magnificent collection of contemporary art, Naoshima is home to the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum, and Benesse House, all designed by the famed Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Leveraging the exposure, Naoshima’s residents have welcomed the metamorphosis of this once laid-back village into a Mecca for art, thus empowering the local community. Several traditional wooden houses have been tastefully converted into boutique guest houses, cafes, and permanent art studios. Expect a surreal island experience teeming with abstract and minimal artwork. The intriguing public bathhouse I Love Yu, and the walk-in exhibits of Art House Project, are fine examples of immersive art experiences. Alongside tiny fishing villages with spectacular scenery, Naoshima’s mediterranean vibe completes the package for globetrotting art enthusiasts!
Benesse House cradled on the idyllic Naoshima island functions both as a hotel and a museum. The expansive complex designed by Tadao Ando consists of four different buildings intended to blend increasingly into the natural environment of Setonaikai National Park.