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Naoshima Art Break: Osaka to Okayama

Duration
2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,105

Spend a day on a remote island in the Seto Inland Sea to see fabulous art installations and explore a hub of contemporary art. Venturing across Naoshima, you’ll visit art museums and installations scattered across the island and admire one of Japan’s most laidback and off-beat destinations.


This 2-day Japanese vacation takes you to the island of Naoshima. It features first-class accommodations, tailor-made tours, and is perfect for art lovers journeying through Japan.

Your trip to Japan begins by connecting you to Okayama, where you’ll ride the ferry to Naoshima, an island located on the Seto Inland Sea. Naoshima is famous for its art museums, fanciful architecture, and sculptures that attract art lovers from all across the world. Spend a day taking in the artistic highlights of the island, starting at the Art House Project, where abandoned houses, workshops, and temples have been transformed into art installations, continuing to the Chichu Art Museum, which has natural light illuminate its underground artwork, and ending at the Benesse House’s French restaurant for a delicious dinner to cap off your day.

The next day, connect to Osaka to continue your journey through Japan.


 

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Duration
2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,105

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Day 1

Depart to Naoshima

Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea that is known for its modern art museums, architecture and sculptures. Part of Kagawa Prefecture, the island with its Mediterranean atmosphere, sandy beaches and sunny weather, combined with a laid-back rural feel is a relaxing getaway from Japan's large urban areas.

Much of Naoshima's art was installed by the Benesse Corporation, which oversees art museums, installations and sculptures both on Naoshima and on neighboring islands. Benesse's museums were designed by the well-known Japanese architect Ando Tadao and include the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and all the buildings of the Benesse House. In addition, Naoshima's municipal buildings and schools were designed by the modern architect Ishii Kazuhiro.

This morning make the 150 minute journey by train to Okayama with your guide (pick up at your Kyoto, Osaka or Hiroshima hotel). You will be met in Okayama by a car that will take you to Uno port, where you will ride the ferry to Naoshima. You can spend the day exploring the island by private car.

Honmura, a small port town on Naoshima's eastern coast, is home to the Art House Project, a collection of abandoned houses, workshops, a temple and a shrine that have been converted into art installations and venues for contemporary art by artists and architects from Japan and abroad. The art houses are scattered throughout town, and most of them are unassuming from the street, blending into the surrounding traditional Japanese neighborhood. The interior of each, however, has been converted into whatever suits the artist's artistic vision.

The Chichu Art Museum is a unique modern art museum built into a hillside overlooking the southern coast of Naoshima. The museum building, designed by Ando Tadao and itself a work of art, is mostly located underground and solely utilizes natural light to illuminate the artwork. This creates a viewing experience that is heavily influenced by the surrounding natural environment.

There are many other smaller art installations and museums which your guide will be happy to show you. Tonight, have dinner at Benesse House's renowned French restaurant.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Benesse House Naoshima

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    Benesse House Naoshima


    Benesse House is a facility incorporating a museum and a hotel, based on the concept of a coexistence among nature, architecture, and art. The complex, entirely designed by Tadao Ando, is made up of four buildings, centered on the Museum, which opened in 1992, with ...

    Benesse House is a facility incorporating a museum and a hotel, based on the concept of a coexistence among nature, architecture, and art. The complex, entirely designed by Tadao Ando, is made up of four buildings, centered on the Museum, which opened in 1992, with additional lodging facilities in the buildings known as Oval (opened in 1995), Park, and Beach (both of which opened in 2006).

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Day 2

Departure to Osaka

In the morning you have time to continue exploring the island with your guide by local transport. Please note however that as there is no set plan for the day, entrance fees and meals are not included. You will be then escorted by ferry back to Uno and by car to Okayama, where you will catch the train (not included) to your next destination.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Daily except Mondays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Return transfers from Okayama Station
  • 1 nights' accommodations
  • English Speaking local guide as specified
  • Meals and entrance fees as specified in the above itinerary 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION: 

Tour departs from Oksaka, Kyoto or Hiroshima. Please Inquire

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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