Naoshima, Naoshima-cho

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#1 of 19 in Nature in Kagawa Prefecture
Take a boat from Uno (Honshu) or Takamatsu (Shikoku) to explore Naoshima, a small island known for its modern art museums and natural sights. Rent a bike upon arrival to travel around the island in style, taking in its charmingly selective and thoroughly modern cultural sites, and tranquil sandy beaches. The contrast between the thrilling modernity of the island's cultural highlights and its laid-back, rustic atmosphere makes for an unusual but pleasant mix. Don't rush the experience, and take the time to explore the island's charms, both futuristic and traditional. To visit Naoshima on your holiday in Naoshima-cho, and find out what else Naoshima-cho has to offer, use our Naoshima-cho vacation trip planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This was my second time here Including transportation, museum entrance fees, and lunch/dinner a visit to this island can easily end up costing ¥10,000-15,000. The Benesse museum hasn't acquired any ne...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    If you enjoy Art, Naoshima is the place you should not miss. We took ferry from Takamatsu for a half-day visit & thoroughly enjoyed it,  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    If you are interested in art, it might be worth spending a coupple of days here. Not much else to do, and it's a little of the road. We wish we had stayed in Hiroshima one more day, but we are not tha...  more »

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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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