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Naoshima

A Wonderland of Creativity in Nature

Known as Japan’s art island, Naoshima Island is paradise for art lovers, as it has lovingly been transformed into an immersive exhibition of art and architecture.

Discover Naoshima

Nestled in the Seto Inland Sea, Naoshima Island is a captivating blend of art and nature. The island features some of Japan’s most iconic artworks, including Yayoi Kusuma’s vibrant yellow pumpkins which sit on the edge of the pier overlooking the serene blue sea, a perfect example of how art is installed with the local landscapes in mind.

Teshima Art Museum is a remarkable architectural marvel on Teshima Island, designed by Ryue Nishizawa and featuring the creative vision of Rei Naito. The museum’s unique structure resembles a water droplet and seamlessly integrates with the surrounding rice terrace landscape. Inside, visitors can enjoy a captivating blend of nature, art, and architecture as water springs from the ground, creating an ever-changing environment that reflects the passage of seasons and time.

Stay and explore Benesse House, a museum and hotel complex that offers a truly unique experience. Designed by Tadao Ando, the architecture harmonizes with the island’s natural beauty, while the museum showcases a diverse collection of contemporary art. Guests can immerse themselves in the captivating fusion of art, nature, and architecture, creating a tranquil and inspiring retreat.

The Chichu Art Museum, designed by Tadao Ando, offers a unique exploration of the relationship between nature and art. Built mostly underground to preserve the scenic beauty of the Seto Inland Sea, the museum showcases works by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria. With its interplay of natural light, the museum becomes a transformative space that evolves throughout the day and seasons, embodying a site-specific artwork in itself.

Beyond its artistic allure, Naoshima is blessed with natural beauty. Explore picturesque coastlines, wander through serene forests, and soak in breathtaking landscapes that invite a deep connection with nature’s tranquility. To complete your visit, savor the local cuisine, known for its fresh seafood and regional delicacies. Indulge in the flavors that reflect the island’s coastal heritage, adding a delicious culinary dimension to your Naoshima experience.

From vibrant art to serene nature, Naoshima Island offers an enchanting escape where creativity thrives and the beauty of the natural world unfolds. Immerse yourself in this captivating destination, where art, nature, and cultural delights seamlessly intertwine.

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