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Naoshima is an island located in Seto Inland Sea, the body of water between Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku, three of Japan's four main islands. While the Japanese have populated the island for ages, it has come to the attention of art connoisseurs of late because it is home to the radical Chichu Art Museum, completed in 2004.
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Visit Chichu Art Museum, which was designed by renowned "starchitect" Tadao Ando. It is a striking expression of the integration between art and architecture; there are also many ways in which the museum complements or even enhances the island’s stunning topography. The museum’s permanent collection includes pieces by Claude Monet, Walter de Maria and James Turrell.
Art House Project
Naoshima is also known for its Art House Project, the conversion of old village homes into modern art galleries, initiated in 1998 using the town of Naoshima as a stage. Artists remodeled old houses, transforming the space of each house into a work of art open to the public. The artistic space, the architecture, and the pasts of those who once resided in these spaces converge here with Japanese tradition and aesthetics.
Visit tiny Inujima, an island in the Seto Inland Sea once home to a refinery for the copper and granite industries. Today, Inujima hosts a contemporary art project encompassing the entire island called Seirensho. A collaboration with scientists at Okayama University, Seirensho's theme centers around sustainability and the reuse of old materials.
Lee Ufan Museum
The Lee Ufan Museum opened in the summer of 2010 and is the first museum to be devoted solely to the work of Lee, an internationally acclaimed Japanese-Korean artist. Designed by Tadao Ando, the museum seamlessly integrates with the valley it is built on. The collection consists primarily of Lee's paintings and sculptures from the 1970s.
Benesse House Museum
Designed by Tadao Ando, opened in 1992 and housed in the same space as the hotel of the same name, this museum explores the interface between art & nature - indeed, some of its exhibits aren't in the museum at all but located along the nearby seashore.
Teshima Art Museum
Uniting the creative visions of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum stands on a hill on the island of Teshima overlooking the Inland Sea. Shaped like a drop of water, the museum lies in a corner of the spacious grounds surrounded by once-fallow rice terraces that have been restored with help from local residents.
Explore the western part of Japan’s main island, Honshu, on this 6-day luxury tour of Chugoku. You’ll visit the historically-important town of Hiroshima, sip steaming sake fresh from a local brewery, and learn about Japan’s history in museums and the picturesque Bikan Historical Quarter, while staying in luxury hotels.
See Japan’s ancient traditions and state-of-the-art technology juxtaposed before your eyes on this fascinating 10-day luxury journey. You’ll get an insider perspective on the country with visits to everything from ancient shrines and palaces to contemporary design museums and Akihabara electronic market.
Comprised of five elements - sculpture park and museum, hotel, boutique, restaurants and a spa - Benesse House is one of the most unique properties in Japan. Every room has its own individual design and artwork, with 65 guest rooms and suites across four buildings: Museum, Oval, Park and Beach, all designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando. In addition to housing the property's modern art museum, Museum has a lecture room that guest speakers are often invited to. Oval is set on a hill and connected to Museum by monorail; Park is where the bulk of Benesse House's facilities, such as its French restaurant, Terrace, its spa and shop are housed; and Beach is one of Ando's few buildings constructed chiefly of wood and is generally reserved for long-term guests. Inside Museum, there are two restaurants, Issen for Japanese and a separate cafe where guests and patrons can relax between viewings. The spa has a wide array of treatment options and is open from 11:00-22:00 with last appointments taken at 20:00.