Chizuru did an outstanding job coordinating my 2 nights/3 day stay in Naoshima. She sent me a detailed daily itinerary with the times for the trains and ferries. I took the Shinkanzen to Okayama and then she met me and to save time hired a taxi to take us to the port of Uno. Took the ferry to Naoshima. The Benesse shuttle took my luggage to the hotel and we started touring right away. She had purchased tickets to the Chichu museum ahead of time so we lost no time. Then we did the Art House Project area. Took the shuttle back to the Museum Hotel where she went over some of the highlights and told me I could see more of it when I stayed there the 2nd night. Then we walked to the Park hotel seeing some of the art work along the way. The 2nd day we took the ferry to Teshima and had a well organized day. She arranged for transportation there ahead of time so we didn't waste any time. The Teshima Museum is a must to see. She left me after we returned to Uno port and told me to go to the Ufan Museum which I did before walking back to the Museum hotel. I couldn't get two consecutive nights at either hotel so I ended up staying one night at the Park and one at the Museum hotel which turned out better. The hotel transferred my luggage to the 2nd hotel and it was in my room when I checked in. Very efficient operation. Had breakfast and dinner reserved at both hotels and they were worth the price. I would say I saw 50% more than I would have had I not had Chizuru as my guide. She gave me a lot of information about the art. The 2 days was not inexpensive as I paid for private taxis to save time but well worth it in order to see as much as possible in the time I was there. If you have more time you could hire Chizuru and take local transportation and walk but you are then limited in the number of museum exhibits you will see.
Hi Patricia, thank you so much for your detailed tour review. That is very nice. Your review contains a lot of information about the museums in both islands Naoshima and Teshima, the art project and transportation.They will help future visitors make their tour plan. Thanks to the private transportation, we were able to use the time very effectively. Weather was nice and everything went smoothly even though the art festival is held. Thank you for a wonderful time I spent with you. I believe you are having a good time traveling around the southern part of Japan and will enjoy the northern part of Japan. Though it is still in May, but summer seems to have already started. The temperature is getting very high. Please take moisture well so as not to get heat stroke. Take care and enjoy yourself! I hope to see you again in the near future. Chizuru