Naoshima Art Tour: The Surreal Japan Art Island

Located in the northern region of the Seto Inland Sea, Naoshima (直島) is a paradise for contemporary art, architecture and nature lovers.

Three decades ago the small Japanese island of Naoshima was a fishing community in decline and in the late 1980s, the mayor thought that he wanted to change this island to a cultural place.

Benesse Corporation, a company of learning materials in Okayama, purchased a southern part of the island and famed Japanese architect Tadao Ando was put in charge to supervise the development and went to work over the next two decades designing a hotel complex and museums. The Benesse Art Site Naoshima.

Now art sneaks up on you all around the island – in hotels, galleries, bathhouse and the outdoors. The most obvious venues are Benesse House, Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and Art House Project.

The nearby islands of Inujima and Teshima house continuations of the remarkable Benesse Art Site Naoshima project.

With an art expert explore highlights of the island, wandering through museums showcasing all kind of arts from local artists.

You can also enjoy the Setouchi Triennale (known as the Setouchi International Art Festival) on for another 2 sessions.

Summer Session: July 19 to August 25
Autumn Session: September 28 to November 4

Rates (group of up to six (6) people)

  • 08 hours Private Experience: JPY52.000


  • Okayama Station pick up.
  • Your guide’s transportation and entrances.


  • Food and drink costs. Please pay for the guide’s lunch.
  • Your transportation and entrances (~JPY6.000/day/pers.)

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