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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  • September 30, 2017
    Sterility isn't necessarily art....Overpriced and extremely lacking in every sense! The displays are mildly interesting at best but I would never reccoment it to anyone I liked!  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    The moment you arrive, the wander to the museum entry, the contours, textures, play with light and the ambience are a credit to the artists, staff and the island. Hands down best experience to date. D...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Wow, what wonderful experience to walk in this Museum! the architecture of Tadao Ando is amazing and beautifully incorporated works. There is a true path to go works in works and the reflection of the architect on the course of the visitor was very studied. I recommend and I'd go back! photos prohibited inside.
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  • June 14, 2017
    Wouldn't say it's one of the best contemporary art museums in the world. It deserves to be seen mostly for it's architecture. But I think the museum needs some more interactivity.
  • May 16, 2017
    Amazing museum, love the architecture and the artwork. I did not love the hovering creepy staff who were constantly scolding guests and reminding not to touch anything. I felt like I was being treated like a child who had never visited a museum before. But the artwork and experience as a whole is still pretty close to perfect.
  • April 23, 2017
    Amazing space. There was a perfect blue sky the day we visited and it looked fantastic against the architecture. Some of the exhibits were the best I have seen. Amazing place.
  • May 25, 2017
    Very interesting architecture. A bit of spooky atmosphere. A little bit difficult to go
  • July 2, 2017
    Great collection of Monet and Turell, not to mention the architecture itself. I was here in early July and there's not a lot people, don't even need to queue.

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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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