What to do in Naoshima Japanese Art Island

Away from the hustle and bustle of crowded cities off the coast of Okayama, Naoshima Island offers pace for people traveling in Japan.

In recent years, it has gained popularity due to the seemingly accidental presence of great works of art on the island. Read on to find out how to make the most of your trip to the Art Island of Japan.

Whether it’s a day trip or a weekend getaway, the best way to see Naoshima is to rent a bicycle and discover it in time. If you plan accordingly and follow the main gauge route, it shouldn’t take more than a day to move. The idea is to move around freely and discover the charm of the island for yourself.

You will also discover hidden quirks not found on tourist maps and more likely to be inspired by the natural beauty of the environment. Don’t forget to take lots of photos!


Fill your route with various points of interest on the island. Yayoi Kusama’s famous squash sculpture and the nearby Naoshima Pavilion welcome visitors to Miyanoura Harbor, being both a starting and finishing line for anyone trying to get on the full circuit.

The art building project is a collection of traditional houses that have been creatively rethought by various local artists. Many stand-alone installations also mark the landscape, from streets and shrines to beaches and swamps.

The main attraction of the Benesse art site includes the hotel, souvenir shops and several museums built in collaboration with the brilliant Tadao Ando. They show works such as Claude Monet, Walter de Maria and James Turrell. Wander around and enjoy the masterpiece, from paintings and sculptures to the architecture of buildings, which offer a majestic panoramic view of the surrounding nature.


After a long day, rejuvenate with a soothing bath in the steamy hot water of the bathroom. Oh, and yes, even the bathroom is part of the aforementioned art house project. After all, they call this place an art island. You can also dive.