Benesse Art Site Naoshima
Set on the 14.22 km² Naoshima island in Japan, that has been adopted as a canvas for contemporary art by a number of museums and organisations, this destination is a stunning, idyllic retreat that has become a creative pilgrimage site for people from around the world.
Organised by the education and publishing group Benesse Corporation, Benesse art site was founded as a destination that combines contemporary art and architecture with the nature unique culture of the Seto Inland Sea. Here, one can stroll from the ocean, through forest landscapes, and then through a series of museums that hold collections of works by some of the most prolific and exciting international artists. The Chichu Art Museum, an underground museum that savours the natural landscape and holds paintings by Claude Monet and installations by James Turrell, and the Benesse House Museum with site-specific installations from Tadao Ando, are just two of the seven museums and organisations, and the one hotel, that make up the site. Between them, the works are displayed in both exhibition halls and outdoor areas, extending the seamless transitions between academic art and the natural landscape.
Moving across the island and through the destinations is a beautiful escape, and its easy to see why hundreds international visitors flock to Naoshima just to experience it – this destination is one for the art lovers’ bucket list.
On the edge of the island and overlooking the ocean, the Terrace restaurant is in an unbelievable location. Inside, the fresh ingredients, including locally caught seafood, become French-Japanese fusion.
With a more relaxed option with great ambience, Museum Restaurant Issen offers excellent, refined, traditional Japanese food, that can also be taken away for visitors staying at the island’s hotel.
Lighter snacks and drinks are available here, as well as tea and coffee, making it perfect for a stop during one’s walk through the museums.
Exhibition publications, books and photobooks on featured art and artists, as well as souvenirs for Benesse Art Site Naoshima are all available here.
For gift items, Benesse merchandise, and amenities for visitors, head to the Benesse House Shop.
March – September
10.00 – 18.00
October – February
10.00 – 17.00
Boat access: Miyanoura Port
On the island: Naoshima Town Bus