Naoshima Art Island Exploration
TOUR COST from AUD360.00** Per Person Twin Share
Day 1: Arrival in Naoshima (-/-/-)
Upon your arrival
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This morning after breakfast, head out for Naoshima, one of the small art islands in Seto Inland Sea that hosts the annual contemporary art festival more commonly known as ‘Setouchi Triennale.’
After taking a few trains to Uno, catch the ferry to Miyanoura Port, one of the two main ports on Naoshima.
Upon arriving in Miyanoura, have the option to stop by the Tourist Information Center to get some maps, rent a bicycle or buy some local snacks before getting on the local bus to Nokyo-mae, the nearest bus stop to a couple of famous museums including the legendary Ando Museum.
Or stay a bit longer around the area to take some photos of the iconic red pumpkin, one of the outdoor sculptures by the Japanese contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama. Stop by I Love Yu, a combination of art and public bath house (sento) that showcases various styles of wall art and design.
On the eastern side of Naoshima is Ando Museum. The world-renowned architect designed the interior of the museum using his signature plain concrete structure that comes in contrast with the façade which is a traditional Japanese-style house.
From Nokyo-mae, take the local bus to Tsutsuji-so and find another iconic work of Yayoi Kusama or relax for a while on the beach before catching the bus to the Benesse House*.
*Guests staying at the Benesse House can use the complimentary shuttle service from Tsutsuji-so to the Chichu Art Museum Ticket Center (on the way are the Benesse House Museum and the Lee Ufan Museum). Guests also have free access to the Benesse House Museum, which is open from 08:00 to 21:00 every day.
Overnight on Naoshima
Distance and journey time (approximation):
JR Okayama Station to JR Uno Station: 95 mins
JR Uno Station to Uno Port: 5 mins (on foot)
Uno Port to Miyanoura Port: 20 mins (ferry)
Day 2: Departure from Naoshima (B/-/-)
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Before leaving Naoshima, visit the remaining two art museums around the Benesse House.
Start with the Chichu Art Museum, another signature work of Tadao Ando known for its manifestation of the relationship between mankind and Mother Nature. Ando designed the museum in a way that it does not disrupt the natural beauty of Seto region, constructing the entire building almost completely underground. Aside from the impressive architectural design, the works of James Turrell, Claude Monet, and Walter de Maria can also be enjoyed.
Next is the Lee Ufan Museum, the result of the collaboration between Lee Ufan and Tadao Ando. The theme of this museum circles around the tranquility and stillness of life and its harmonious existence with nature.
Note: Most of the museums and art galleries on Naoshima are closed on Mondays.
TOUR PRICES : FROM AUD360.00 per person
Japan experiences dramatic pricing fluctuations based on Festivals, Domestic holidays and in some instances on weekends. Please consult with your Travel Consultant for exact pricing over a specific date. Reservations during weekends, peak season, and Japanese public holidays will be subject to supplementary charges.
Most of the museums and art galleries on Naoshima are closed on Mondays, during year-end holidays (usually from December 29 to January 3), and during regular maintenance.
For safety reasons, some public transport may stop operating in case of unfavorable weather conditions.
Please inform your travel agent of any special dietary requirements that you may have.
Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Train and ferry tickets to and from Miyanoura Port
NOT Included in the tour prices
International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
Some local transport (e.g. local city buses, taxi transfers, etc.)
Meals other than mentioned above
Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
Travel insurance (please see below)
Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
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Rooms at hotels are available only from 15:00 on arrival day till 10:00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.