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

by CHIZURU
(30) Reviews
10h $ 252 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • 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 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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Highlights

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

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

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 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 

◆Lunch 
Depart From
Okayama or Takamatsu ( Kagawa)
Meeting Point
At JR OKAYAMA station or your hotel
Ending Point
At Jr OKAYAMA station
Duration
10 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.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

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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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 ( 30 )
Debbie Debbie United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Port day in Hiroshima ”

From the first time I contacted Chizuru she was prompt, professional and efficient. I arranged a a 7 hour tour for 8 of us from our cruise ship. We used public transportation, shuttle bus, street car, ferry and train. She knew the exact routes we needed, went to the window and bought tickets for our group and was alert to the fact that 2 in our group moved a little slower and used elevators whenever possible. (I mention that she saved time buying group tickets at the window as a previous guide had me go to the machine and buy tickets there with a maximum of 3 at a time. Her way was much quicker than my stumbling thru the directions on the machine and foreign currency). We appreciated her explanation of the places we went and then the free time to explore on our own. We especially appreciat... read more

CHIZURU:

Thank you very much for your review. I really appreciated your help and preparation for a big group trip. I really enjoyed traveling with your group. All of them are very friendly and cooperative. Thank to everyone's cooperation, we could finish the tour smoothly and safely. I'm sure you are a big planner and you will make an another trip plan with your friends. Please have a wonderful time and enjoy your life.

Dat Dat Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Very nice tour guide ”

We, a family with two daughters were very enjoyed to have Chizuru to guide us through our short stay in Hiroshima.

CHIZURU:

Thank you very much for your high evaluation for the guide. I'm also glad to know that your family enjoyed the sightseeing in Hiroshima. Though I worried about the weather in the morning, it got very nice in the afternoon. I also had a wonderful day with your family. I appreciated it. I wish you have a wonderful vacation and a Happy New year!

Ann Ann Belgium ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ The perfect guide for all generations ”

Chizuru is the perfect guide! She adapts to your time schedule, your interests. She knows a lot about everything you see, she is the perfect time manager to visit as much as possible without putting pressure on anyone and helped us a lot with the travel preparations to Naoshima. We would recommend her to anyone!

CHIZURU:

Hi Ann, Thank you very much for your mail and quick review. I'm glad to know you and your family enjoyed the island. I appreciate you came all the way to Naoshima from Kyoto. I know you got up very early morning. And you took four trains, ferry, two buses before getting to the main museum, Chichu Art Museum. In spite of that, you said "It was worth coming here." I was very happy to hear that world. Thank you very much. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan.

Barbara Barbara Switzerland ( Solo )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Great Guide for Naoshima Island ”

With Chizuru as my guide for two days, I was able to fully experience and enjoy Naoshima Island. She greeted me in Okayama and shepherded me from there on in. I didn’t have to figure out transport, tickets, timings or food or accommodations – just fully enjoy the place. Chizuru’s English is very good and we discussed many topics, not just the art and architecture. Having the two days meant that the pace was easy AND we got to see everything. A very professional guide, she is also kind, gracious and generous with her time and her knowledge. Don’t miss Naoshima! One days is better than none, two days are better than one. Highest recommendation for Chizura as your guide.

CHIZURU:

Thank you for your very generous complement. You stayed at Benesse Hotel. We could spent two full days at the island. Thanks to this situation, I was able to have many first experiences. I could join the night program by James Turell at Chichu Art Museum. It gave me a precious time. I was able to walk into the guest room area which looks simple but very sophisticated. We could take enough time to appreciate many art works in each place. I appreciate that you visited in Naoshima and chose me as your guide. What a wonderful time we could share! Thank you Barbara!

Nicholas Nicholas United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ A Day in Hiroshima ”

My wife and I had a fantastic time in Hiroshima. We went to the Peace Park, A-bomb dome, and Miyajima. Chizuru was very flexible with the schedule and really showed us a great time.

CHIZURU:

Thank you very much for your review with a high evaluation. It was a beautiful day. Thanks to nice weather, we took two ropeways to Mt. Misen and we were lucky to be able to see a panoramic vies of Seto Inland Sea and many islands dotted there. I'm glad you could have wonderful time in Hiroshima. I hope you will come back to Japan again.

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