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I Day Trip to NAOSHIMA (The Island of Contemporary Art)

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8h $ 71 per person


  • Chichu Art Museum
  • Benesse House Museum
  • Art House Projects*******Honmura Area

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71.20 USD

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What to Expect

The island of Naoshima is located on the Seto Inland Sea. It takes only 30 minutes by ferry from Uno port (Okayama Prefecture) to Miyanoura port (Kagawa Pre.). Naoshima is famous for the special place of contemporary art presented in distinctive settings such as the Chichu Art Museum, the Benesse Art Museum, and Art House project.

Art sites in Naoshima are located in three different areas, such as Museum area, Art House Project area in Honmura and Miyanoure area. First we will go to Museum area, where there are three museums. ( But we will enter the next two museums because of time limit.)

1. Chichu Art Museum: The museum was built mostly underground to avoid affecting the beautiful natural scenery of the Seto Inland sea. Art works by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria are on permanent display in this building designed by the globally famous architect Tadao Ando.

2. Benesse House Museum: This museum is a facility that integrates a museum and a hotel designed by Tadao Ando, based on the concept of “coexistence of nature, art, and architecture.”

◆ There are many outdoor artworks around the Museum Area, including yellow Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama.

Then we’ll move to Art House Project area in Honmura by the local bus, only 6-7 minute-ride.
Art House Project is an art project underway in Honmura district. It began in 1998 with only one house, “Kadoya”, and now comprises 7 locations. This is a project to transform old houses, which enable artists to turn the space themselves into very unique artworks. You may encounter some unexpected style of houses.

Lastly we will visit, actually come back to Miyanoura port area where the ferry arrives. You’ll find some unique huge objects around the port, such as “Red Pumpkin” by Yayoi Kusama. You can’t miss this artwork because it must be one of the best picture spots in this trip.

Though seeing around only one island, at the end of the tour, you’ll realize you need more time to enjoy and appreciate both beautiful inland-sea sceneries and a number of distinctive artworks.

Why don’t you join my tour!
I’m looking forward to seeing you and sharing wonderful time with you!


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  • Chichu Art Museum
  • Benesse House Museum
  • Art House Projects*******Honmura Area


Most museums and Art House Project area in Naoshima close on Monday.

You need to reserve the ticket of Chichu Art Museum in acvance. ( See the website of Benesse Art Site)

Ferry's timetable to Naoshima ( as of August 1-2018)
8:22 a.m.
9:22 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

To the JR Pass holders who come to Okayama by Shinkansen:
You CAN'T get on the next two Shinkansen, which are NOZOMI and MIZUHO.

What‘s included
guide fee

What‘s not included
◆Your Transportation fee(per person) :
  Approximate 1000 JPY ( if you have JR pass )

◆Guide's Transportation : 4000JPY ( Including local bus, Jr train, ferry, and town bus )
*****(Pay it directly to the guide when the tour starts. )

◆Entrance fee or admission / per person ( free for children 15 and under )
 ・Chichu Art Museum : 2060 Yen
 ・Benesse House Museum : 1030 Yen 
 ・Art House Project (multi-site ticket) : 1030 Yen 
 ・ANDO MUSEUM : 510 Yen 


Depart From
Meeting Point
At JR OKAYAMA station
Ending Point
At Jr OKAYAMA station
8 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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Is the price per person or per group?

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Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 21 )
Debbie Debbie Australia ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ A day for reflection ”

Chiruzu is delightful! We were made to feel at ease straight away. Out tour consisted of the A - Bomb Memorial and Miyajima. Whilst our day started out sombre, by the afternoon Chiruzu was laughing at my husband’s terrible jokes. It was a great way to reflect on differences, history and similarities. Chiruzu has a lovely manner and we were very grateful to have her as out guide. She is very knowledgeable, thorough and funny! We highly recommend her. Thanks you Chiruzu for such a lovely day. We sincerely hope that we get to meet you again.


Thank you very much your review so quickly. I'm happy to receive lots of compliments with high evaluation. I felt like I was traveling with my old friends because I enjoyed the story you told me about your family, pets, job, work shop, and so on. I was also impressed by the pictures of your art works you showed me. Thank you very much for sharing wonderful time with you. Hope to see you again.

anna ( einat) Anna Canada ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Amaizing day ”

Thanks Chizuru For making our day in Hiroshima and Miyajima such a wonderful day. The "tips"that you gave us about visiting Naoshima were great help and make our self day trip easy to manage. It was great privilege to meet with you. Anna and Gadi


Hello Anna and Gadi, Thank you for the review with high evaluation! I also had a wonderful day in Hiroshima with two of you. I'm glad to know that you managed to visit Naoshima, the island of contemporary arts by yourself. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your trip, take many many pictures and make wonderful memories of Japan. Chizuru

タチアーナ タチアーナ Russian Federation ( Friends )
3 months ago

“ Delight and satisfaction ”

我々はモスクワから来たロシア人の3人のグループですが、千鶴さんとお過ごしした2日間はとても良かったです。偶々英語より日本語の方が出来て、日本語で案内をするのは依頼しました。そうして倉敷と直島を観光で見てきました。どれで快適なスケジュールで充実した観光でした。説明が分かりやすく、面白かったです。千鶴さんの人間的なカリスマにも感激。千鶴さんのような知識深い、経験の豊富、コミュニケーションお上手なガイドさんはいるのがとても助かります。安心して、誰にでも推薦することが出来ます。千鶴さんをご紹介したTriple Lights もどうも有難うございます。



Kathy Kathy Australia ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Charming and super efficient ”

We cannot thank Chizuru enough for our wonderful 2 days on Naoshima Island. She communicated with me quickly , suggesting the best options for our visit. She meet us in Okayama on day one with a big smile ,and a schedule for our 2 day visit, which covered all we wanted to see and more. There is no way we could have negotiated the islands local buses, museum and resturant open times without her efficient guidance. Chizuru is delightful company and a wealth of knowledge about the Island , its history ,and Art works.


Thank you very much for the tour review with lots of complement. I also fully enjoyed that two-day tour with your wonderful family. I'll never forget that beautiful sunset. I'll have that tasty special coffee we enjoyed in the morning whenever I go to Naoshima. I pray for your family's good health and happiness. Chizuru🎼🗽🛳️🚄🌺

Drew Drew United States ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Naoshima?Art and the Inland Sea ”

My wife and I had looking forwRd to seeing the architecture of Tadeo Ando and the contemporary art installations of leading artists in those buildings. Our trip was fantastic and Chizuru did a marvelous job of showing us all of the most interesting installations and helped us understand the marvelous integration of Ando’s buildings, courtyards and galleries with the art installations. She is very knowledgeable about the work and architecture and quickly understood our interests and depth of knowledge and was able to tailor the day to make it most interesting and rich for us. The ferry ride to the island in the Inland Sea (Seto) was also a highlight. The jagged islands, peering ghost-like out of the mist in the morning and more substantial at the end of the day we’re so beautiful. As we w... read more


Hi Drew, Thank you very much for the tour review with lots of fabulous words. Your sentences remind me of the pleasure of the trip. I'm very happy to know that you and your wife were fully satisfied with the Art Island and a beautiful nature including Seto inland sea. I wish you will come back to Japan and I'm looking forward to seeing you again.

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