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


Kagawa
10 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Itinerary

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

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What to Expect

The island of Naoshima is located on the Seto Inland Sea. It takes only 20 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!

Thanks

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Departure & Return

Depart From Okayama or Takamatsu ( Kagawa)
Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At JR OKAYAMA station or your hotel
Ending Point At Jr OKAYAMA station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee
1 person : 15000 JPY
2 people : 24000 JPY
3-6 people : 28000 JPY

What‘s not included

◆Your Transportation fee(per person) :
  Approximate 1000 JPY ( if you have a 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 : 2100 Yen
 ・Benesse House Museum : 1050 Yen 
 ・Art House Project (multi-site ticket) : 1050 Yen 
 ・ANDO MUSEUM : 520 Yen 

◆Lunch 

Important

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

I strongly recommend that you come to JR Okayama station by 8:00 a.m. in order to enjoy fully the museums and artworks in Naoshima
Ferry's timetable to Naoshima from Uno Port ( as of August 1-2018)
9:22 a.m. ( Recommended)
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.


If you come to Naoshima from Takamatsu ( Kagawa prefecture), I can meet you at the ferry terminal in Naoshima and guide you around the island.


You need to get the ticket of Chichu Art Museum on the web in advance. ( See the website of Benesse Art Site)

Some museums and Art House Projects require you to take off your shoes. So please wear shoes that are easy to put on and take off.


The guide fee :
For a group of 3 ~6 participants : 28,000 JPY
For two participants : 24,000 JPY
For a solo traveler : 15,000 JPY read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

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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Reviews ( 54 )
4.8 (54) Reviews
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avi Avi Israel ( Family )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ You must visit Naoshima for art. Chizuru is a great guide to lead you in a tight timetable ”

The transportation in a day tour to one of the most important art center in Japan is not obvious. There is one taxi in the island, Ten vessels goes daily from Takamatsu and if you miss them or the local bus your trip to Naoshima will be absolutely not effective. We hired Chizuru and everything went smooth. We visited many interesting unique and hidden spots. Chizuru followed our priorities and offered unknown places from her experience. Lots of photo oppertunities and never missed any transportation mode. She has vast knowledge regarding the island and the art pcs. and artists. So we enjoyed very much her guidance during our day trip to Naoshima and hope to hire her again in the future.

Jenny Jenny United States
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Best way to do Naoshima ”

Chizuru is a great guide. She took care of all the logistics so all I had to do was show up. She had a lot of knowledge of the island and it’s art projects. She pointed out details and things that I wouldn’t notice or see on my own. I’m really happy I decided to get a guide for the day. I couldn’t have seen or learned as much as I did without her help. Plus she’s very friendly!

CHIZURU:

Hi Jenny, thank you for the tour review with a high evaluation. I also had a wonderful day with you. You are so lucky because of a nice weather and less crowded sites. We could go to the most art sites including an artistic shrine building on the top of the hill. It is often deleted because it takes time to go. I’m glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. Lastly, thank you for a mail with a picture. Arigatou!

John John United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ What a wonderful day! ”

Visited Naoshima during the Setouchi Triennale with her. Not an easy visit, train to port, ferry to the island and bus ride to the sites. One of the museums she had us get tickets before our tour and we're glad we did because it was sold out. Very personable, good command of English and very knowledgeable about the sites and various works of art. Made the art pieces come alive! Arigato Chizuru

CHIZURU:

Hi John san, thank you so much for the wonderful time with two of you. I appreciated that you allowed my friends to join the tour. They were very grateful for your acceptance. Weather was nice and everything went smoothly even though the art festival is held. I'm happy to know that you love Japan so much. I hope you will enjoy the next visit to Japan. Chizuru

Yaron Yaron Israel ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ A thousand thanks for Chizuru! ”

Chizuru was everything we could ask for. Seriously one of the best tour guides I have experienced in my life. First of all, due to an approaching typhoon, Chizuru was able to guide us a day before our scheduled itinerary, on a very short notice. She took us everywhere we wanted, knew when should we rush and when we could enjoy the moments during the tour. She also has great English and thorough knowledge about Japan in general and Naoshima in particular. This made our tour day a perfect day, and we were able to experience and enjoy all of the attractions on the Naoshima island on single day. I wish Chizuru to anyone which comes to the island. Thank you Chizuru!

CHIZURU:

Hi Yaron, thank you for your review with lots of complement. I also appreciate your prompt decision for changing the tour date. Everything went so smoothly despite the change of schedule. I'm glad to know that you could go to Teshima and enjoyed several artworks there including " Teshima Art Museum" which is totally different from the ordinary museums. I hope that you will enjoy the rest of your vacation and I'm looking forward to receiving pictures you took during the tour. Thank you for wonderful time with you, your mom, and Deganit! Chizuru

Carlo Carlo Mexico ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Naoshima at ir? best ”

We had an incredible visit to Naoshima with Chizuru, who knows the island very well and the places to visit. We had limited time but because of her knowledge of the museums and other sites, she made the most of our visit avoiding crowds. Great guide!!

CHIZURU:

Hi Carlo, thank you so much for the quick tour review with lots of complements. Yes, everything went so smoothly in spite of the weekend and the opening day of the fall session of Setouchi Triennale We could appreciate the artworks in the main museums and several outdoor artworks as much as possible. Unfortunately you could't see the art-house projects in the residence area. I hope you will visit the art island again with your children. Hope to see you soon. Chizuru

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