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Naoshima (直島) is an island in the Seto Inland Sea that is known for its modern art museums, architecture and sculptures. Part of Kagawa Prefecture, the island with its Mediterranean atmosphere, sandy beaches and sunny weather, combined with a laid back, rural feel is a relaxing getaway from Japan's large urban areas such as Tokyo and Osaka.

Much of Naoshima's art was installed by the Benesse Corporation, which oversees art museums, installations and sculptures both on Naoshima and on neighboring islands. Benesse's museums were designed by the well known Japanese architect Ando Tadao and include the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and all the buildings of the Benesse House. In addition, Naoshima's municipal buildings and schools were designed by the modern architect Ishii Kazuhiro. The island serves as a main venues of the Setouchi Triennale art festival.

Top attractions in Naoshima

Contemporary Art

Benesse House

Combination of art museum and hotel.
4.0 / 5
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Contemporary Art

Lee Ufan Museum

Museum devoted to the Korean artist Lee Ufan.
3.4 / 5
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Contemporary Art

I Love Yu

A public bath house that is also an artwork.
4.0 / 5
39
Contemporary Art

Ando Museum

A traditional residence with an unusual interior.
3.3 / 5
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Page last updated: March 19, 2016