Where Nature, Art, and Architecture Meet:
Naoshima, Japan’s Contemporary Art Experience
Since the early 1990’s, the island of Naoshima has been attracting contemporary art lovers with its incomparable fusion of sublime modern architecture and impressive art collections, thoughtfully placed throughout a bucolic island in the pristine Seto Inland Sea. Visitors can explore the reconfigured houses that make up the Art House Project, stroll through several museums each with a different focus, soak in the steaming waters of Japan’s zaniest public bath, and perhaps most appealing of all, spend the night in the Benesse House Hotel, where the line between museum and accommodation all but vanishes.
Today, visitors to the island can easily spend two days or more exploring the various sites, museums, beaches, accommodations, and installations. Ferries run regularly from both Honshu (the main island) and Takamatsu (on Shikoku), making the island easily accessible. The acclaimed Japanese-American sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi’s former studio, now the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan, lies not far from Takamatsu, as do the gorgeous Ritsurin Gardens, and make for a lovely day trip.
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