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Top Choice Sculpture 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 Shinro Ohtake's sh…
Top Choice Kaiseki in Naoshima

Museum Restaurant Issen

The artfully displayed kaiseki (multicourse) dinners at this contrastingly austere restaurant in Benesse House Museum's basement (though with Andy Warhol works on the wall) are almost too pretty to eat. Courses feat…
Top Choice Sculpture in Naoshima

Yellow Pumpkin

This yellow pumpkin sculpture, by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, has become a symbol of Naoshima. It's perched on the end of a small jetty. Pumpkins are revered by Kusama for their quiet exuberance. Her style anticip…
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…
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 and Teshima. Previous schedules have been sp…
Gallery in Naoshima

Chichū Art Museum

A work of art itself, this museum designed by Tadao Ando consists of a series of cool concrete-walled spaces sitting snugly underground. Lit by natural light, it provides a remarkable setting for several Monet water…
Gallery in Naoshima

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum

The drawcard of little Inujima island is this copper refinery converted into an eco-building, displaying artist Yanagi Yukinori's surreal take on the natural world. This is more an interactive experience than a trad…
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…
Cafe in Naoshima

Apron Cafe

You're here for art, so why not eat in a gallery-like space with polished timber, designer furniture, a faux-grass picnic area and even an in-house zine and giftware. The artfully arranged lunches function like tast…
Gallery in Naoshima

Benesse House Museum

Award-winning architect Tadao Ando 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 …