Trip to fully enjoy art island Naoshima
About the WOW U-mediator leading this tour
After retiring from being a high school teacher, I began to work as a tour guide.
I have showed guests around many places, especially in western Japan, such as Okayama,
Hiroshima, and so on. I have often received good feedback from them after the tours.
I believe it is important for not only the guests, but also the guide to enjoy the tours.
I hope you book me as your tour guide.
What we'll do
This is the recommended tour if you have a full day to spend in Naoshima famous as an art island.
Your guide will help you navigate the area visiting 2 to 3 art museums and Honmura , a small port town on Naoshima's eastern coast where 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.
Things you need to know before the tour
The tour fee does not include transport expenses, admission fees and meals/drinks. The tour takes approximately 10 hours but the starting time of the tour and the itinerary can be customized. The guide is booked for up to 11 hours. This tour includes an excursion on foot so please prepare comfortable shoes and clothes.
The art site Naoshima.
Chichu art museum
The museum is located mostly underground for fear that affecting the beautiful natural scenery of the Seto Inland sea. You can see artworks by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria.
Benesse house museum
This building was constructed based on the concept of coexistence among nature, architecture, and art. You can enjoy contemporary art displayed not only within the Museum galleries but also in all parts of the buildings and surrounding area.
Artworks desplayed in old Japanese houses
Art House Project
The art houses are scattered throughout Honmura area.
Below is a list of three of the seven art houses
Kadoya is a 200 year, restored residence with a traditional storehouse which artworks are displayed inside.
Minamidera, built on the former site of a temple, has James Turrell's "Backside of the Moon" inside.
Haisha is the former home and office of a local dentist. You can see many artworks including a replica of the Statue of Liberty inside.
Your guide will meet you at the Shinkansen gate of the Okayama JR station. From there you will use public transportation to Naoshima island. It takes about 2 hours from Okayama station to the island.
If you have a plan to use the Shinkansen bullet train, please get off at the Okayama JR station The guide will meet you at the ticket gate with a banner written your name on.