Popular as an art island along the Seto Inland Sea of Japan, Naoshima houses the work of some of Japan's most iconic contemporary artists, and is a must see destination for all art, architecture and design lovers. Discover the eclectic work of Yayoi Kusama art and sculptures and the beauty in the simplicity of renowned architect, Tadao Ando's designs. Spend two nights at Benesse House. This is a perfect trip for an arts and cultural weekend getaway.
Commonly known as Japan's art island, Naoshima is a tiny island in the Seto Inland Sea. Just a short ferry ride from Japan's main island of Honshu, the island has an atmosphere like nowhere else. The island was included in National Geographic’s '19 Places to Indulge Yourself'. In addition to sandy beaches, sunny weather, and tiny traditional fishing villages such as Miyanoura and Honmura, you'll find stunning architecture by Tadao Ando, museums, colourful galleries, installations, and charming cafes - all in a laid-back atmosphere amid beautiful scenery. The island also serves as a main venue of the Setouchi Triennale art festival held every three years.
- Museum hop to experience the work of Japan's most iconic contemporary artists.
- Discover the personal obsessions with dots, nets, pumpkins and infinity rooms of artist, Yayoi Kusama.
- Immerse in the simple yet impressive design spaces of world renowned architect, Tadao Ando.
- Stay 2 nights at Benesse House, a museum and a hotel, incorporating guest rooms and space for display of contemporary art.
The tour includes 2 nights accommodation, meals as mentioned in the itinerary, train and ferry tickets to and from Miyanoura Port.
This is one of the world’s most unique destinations for art lovers and travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind experience.
Departs daily year round on request.
FROM/TO OKAYAMA: from $1,300 AUD per person, twin share
FROM/TO KYOTO: from $1,550 AUD per person, twin share *
* Departures during weekends, peak season, and Japanese public holidays will be subject to supplementary charges.
OPTIONAL EXTRA - Art Walk With An Expert (Half Day)
The accompanying expert is a renowned art curator, associated with the Setouchi Triennale Art Festival. Follow the expert through some of the most unique museums and galleries in Asia. Explore with an art curator some of the curiosities of the island, wandering through museums showcasing all kind of arts from local artists. In this unique environment, the guide provides precise insights and context, and answers any question regarding the pieces and collections on this unique island. Extra: $1,500 AUD per person
OPTIONAL EXTRA - Art Island Yachting (Half Day)
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There is also the option to extend this trip with a visit to Bizen in Okayama, to explore and learn how to make the traditional pottery Bizen-yaki, famous throughout the world.
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