Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima-cho

A work of art its own right, Chichu Art Museum is built into the subtropical landscape of the southern side of Naoshima Island. Most of the gallery remains invisible from the outside, while a scattering of minimalist concrete structures peaking over the foliage provides only a hint of what lurks inside. Step in to discover a permanent exhibit of the famed water lilies by Claude Monet, as well as works by Walter De Maria and James Turrell. Take a break at the onsite cafe, which offers picturesque views of the Inland Sea. Start your trip to Naoshima-cho by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • I think not to the magnificence of the building as a Museum, so the esoteric art also enjoy.
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  • From around the world letting tourists come and let is always great people (not odd Arts Festival when people), relatively uncrowded this time of autumn from the slowly building and work that you can.
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  • This place was truly awesome both in its construction and artworks. This is no typical gallery with hung paintings everywhere, it is a cerebral and contemplative experience of space. Although there we...  more »
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  • Beautiful building, showcasing some amazing works of art. Not a very large quantity of art-work represented here, but definitely makes up for it in terms of quality. If you're taking a quick day on the island, its conceivable that you could see everything in an hour here, but I wouldn't have minded spending the better part of a day here.
  • This place is very peculiar, it is a must to go of you: a) are near the place, b) would like to experience something completely different and unique c) know about the island, artist and contemporary art. For me it was a really enjoyable experience even though it was so rainy and I'm not so much into contemporary art. However this place really worth every yen, difficult to describe but unique and unforgettable.
  • Complete waste of time. Very few exhibits and all extremely pretentious. If you like ugly concrete walls, long lines, taking off your shoes, no pictures and silence you might enjoy. Not worth the 2030 yen. In fact, this place ranked in my top 10 biggest waste of money places I have seen in my life. But just a personal opinion, others may have loved it.
  • There's lots of museums on the island and I would say this is definitely one of the best! Lots of interesting exhibits, though I do wish there was a bit more to see, but because the exhibits are so big, I get there's not enough space.
  • I really tried to like this place but I didn't succeed. I usually like contemporary art and architecture but this was too much. The pretentiousness of the spaces would be acceptable if the staff didn't have such a fascist attitude regarding silence, holding a phone or taking your shoes off. Definitely not worth 2000 yen or your time.

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Book ahead if you opt to stay in Naoshima-cho, especially during weekends and holidays, as the island has become an increasingly popular beach getaway. A wide variety of accommodations lie scattered across the island, but remember that many of the lodgings don't have English-speaking staff, so you'll need to make reservations in Japanese. Budget and mid-range options abound, including ryokans, hostels, dormitories, and beachside lodges, while an extravagant designer hotel-museum often books up months in advance.
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