Naoshima Island Tour 直島

  • Published on : 04/08/2022
  • by : C.L. / I.D.O.
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Modern Japanese art in the heart of the Seto Inland Sea

There are no temples, shrines or medieval castles to visit on this island in the Japanese inland sea (Setouchi), but seven spaces dedicated to contemporary art,  bathed in sunshine. Naoshima Island is not a peaceful place like the others, strange artistic creations inhabit it and attract visitors from all over the world.

Please note : all museums (except the Benesse house) are closed on Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday). Also be aware that if you are on a tight budget, museum entrance tickets are expensive.


The project to highlight the island heritage of the Seto Inland Sea through contemporary art continues to grow: Teshima, Inujima, and other surrounding islands also host ephemeral works and renowned museums and participate in the Setouchi Triennial during which artists come to create in situ works and performances on several islands.



La grande citrouille jaune de Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama's big yellow pumpkin at the end of a pontoon

Jerome Laborde

Oeuvre de Hiroshi Sugimoto

Artwork by Hiroshi Sugimoto, photo of a horizon line on the cliff.

Jerome Laborde

L'invisible Chichû

The Chichû is buried and does not distort the landscape of Naoshima

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    The island is accessible by ferry from Shikoku and the city of Takamatsu, from Honshu and the city of Uno, from the nearby island of Shodoshima, which is also worth visiting for its olive groves, or even from Kobe.
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