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.
Why We Love This Hotel
Location: Located on an island in the middle of the inland Japanese sea, and the closed mainland ferry port of Uno Port, guests can take a direct 20 minute ferry to the island.
History: In 1989, Naoshima International Camp was completed and with that, brought a rise in tourism to the island, which also in turn brought development in the way of Benesse House in 1992.
Service: This hotel is the ideal stop for lovers of modern art, who will appreciate the convenience of not only having stunning works of art in their rooms, but also a museum in the hotel itself.
- Naoshima & Seto Inland Sea Islands, Japan
- 24hr Room Service
- Family Room
- Fitness Center
At the Benesse House, each room is individual and unique. Modern art lovers will be delighted by the various works of fine contemporary art that adorn the walls of their rooms.
Museum Twin Rooms
These rooms, containing two twin beds and 88-square-feet of space, provide guests with stunning views of the Inland Japanese sea. In addition, impressive works of art include the Grace Kelly I by Imi Knoebel.
Oval Twin Room
The hotel's Oval Twin Rooms are located up a hill, providing 98-square-feet of floor space, two beds, a sofa bed, and huge floor-to-ceiling windows that provide guests with stunning views of the Inland Japanese Sea.
Park Twin Rooms
The hotel's beautifully-appointed Park Twin Rooms provide stunning views of a lush green lawn, with the Japanese Inland Sea and the majestic mountains of Shikoku in the distance. The cozy rooms offer guests 91-square-feet of space, with two beds, and can accommodate up to two people.
Benesse House Shop
The hotel’s House Shop offers guests the chance to indulge in some retail therapy, providing a wide range of interesting products and souvenirs.
Benesse House SPA The Theatre by Natura Biss&e
The Benesse House Spa focuses on stimulating all five senses through its aesthetic treatments that incorporate the unique addition of music into each pampering session.
The hotel’s own museum is one of its biggest draws for guests, showcasing brilliant works of contemporary art from a unique and celebrated selection of artists.
The Museum shop sits near the Museum’s cafe, and offers books and photo essays on the museum’s featured art and artists, as well as other art-related products.
The museum cafe not only provides surreal views of the vast ocean, but also a vast array of art books from the adjacent library.
Museum Restaurant Issen
This kaiseki-style restaurant serves up authentic Japanese cuisine and fresh seasonal seafood straight out of the Inland Sea. The atmosphere is relaxed and tranquil, with young children not allowed during dinner time.
The Park Lounge is a wonderful space where guests can learn about the hotel’s art, through its selection of art-related books, while sipping on complimentary coffee and teas. Open 8am to 11pm.
Terrace Restaurant - Etoile de la Mer
This restaurant provides its patrons with beautiful views of the Inland Sea, while serving up freshly-caught seafood that comes from that very blue water, as well as from the island of Shikoku. The constantly-changing menu features simple and naturally-flavored dishes.
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