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Top Choice Art in Naoshima

Setouchi Triennale

This festival of art, music, drama and dance comes around every three years and has a packed calendar of events occurring on multiple Inland Sea islands, many on Naoshima. Previous schedules have been spread across …
Top Choice Art Installation in Naoshima

Art House Project

In Honmura, half a dozen traditional buildings have been turned over to contemporary artists to use as the setting for creative installations, often incorporating local history. Highlights include Ōtake Shinrō's sha…
Top Choice Cafe in Naoshima

Shioya Diner

With rock 'n' roll music, retro furniture and kitsch knick-knacks, Shioya is an odd mix of American diner and grandma's kitchen. The menu features tacos and chilli dogs and they sometimes charcoal-grill Cajun chicke…
Top Choice Cafe in Naoshima

Cafe Salon Naka-Oku

Up on a small hill at the rear of a farming plot, Naka-Oku is a good option in the Honmura area, and one of only a couple of places open in the evenings here. It's all wood-beamed warmth and cosiness, with homey spe…
Gallery in Naoshima

Chichū Art Museum

A short walk from Benesse House is this Andō Tadao creation. A work of art itself, the museum consists of a series of cool concrete-walled spaces sitting snugly underground. Lit by natural light, it provides a remar…
Kaiseki in Naoshima

Museum Restaurant Issen

The artfully displayed kaiseki (multi-course) dinners at this contrastingly austere Benesse House restaurant are almost too pretty to eat. Courses feature seafood, but there is a veg-dominated option (request a coup…
Gallery in Naoshima

Benesse House Museum

Award-winning architect Andō Tadao designed this stunning museum and hotel on the south coast of the island. Among the works here are pieces by Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, and Japanese artists such as …
Sculpture in Naoshima

Yellow Pumpkin

This large yellow pumpkin sculpture, by Japanese artist Kusama Yayoi, has become a symbol of the island of Naoshima. It's perched on the end of a small jetty. Pumpkins are revered by Kusama for their quiet exuberanc…
Artwork in Naoshima


The shack-like Haisha by Ōtake Shinrō is a highlight of the Art House Project collection of sites, notable for its Statue of Liberty sculpture, which rises up through the levels of the house.
Cafe in Naoshima

Genmai-Shinshoku Aisunao

A tranquil rest stop within the Art House Project area, Aisunao has seating on raised tatami flooring and a decidedly health-conscious menu – try the tasty Aisunao lunch set, with local brown rice, soup and veggies.…