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

by CHIZURU
(28) Reviews
8h $ 70 per person

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!

Thanks

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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.

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 MIZUHOt.

The guide fee :
For two to six participants : 8,000JPY per/person
For a solo traveler : 10,000 JPY

The entrance ticket for "Chichu Art Museum"
You need to purchase the admission ticket on the web in advance.

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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 

◆Lunch 


Depart From
Okayama
Meeting Point
At JR OKAYAMA station
Ending Point
At Jr OKAYAMA station
Duration
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.

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?

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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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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 ( 28 )
Ann Ann Belgium ( Family )
Excellent
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

Joanne Joanne Australia ( Solo )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Day trip to Naoshima ”

I had a wonderful day out with Chizuru. She was very professional from the moment she picked up me from Okayama Station to delivering me to the Shinkansen Platform. Chizuru took me to all the places that I requested on my itinerary and shared interesting bits of information about the art we saw, buildings and life on the island. The route that she took me around the island was very scenic and interesting. I loved it. Thank you.

CHIZURU:

Thank you for your fast review. It was a very nice day. Everything went went. So we could see all of the art house projects. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour very much. Thank you.

Anita Anita United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Half Day in Hiroshima ”

Chizuru was great! She met us at the train station, as we stepped off our train car! She was warm and friendly. We spent the afternoon visiting the Peace memorial and museum as well as a delightful stop at the Japanese Garden also in Hiroshima. She was very well informed and able to answer our questions easily. Her English is excellent, as she was an English teacher. We shared an excellent meal at a local restaurant. All in all I would highly recommend Chizuru as a gude. We had a lovely time. Thanks Chizuru!

CHIZURU:

Hello Anita & Katrina, Thank you for your good evaluation and many complements for the tour. I appreciate that you came all the way to Hiroshima to visit mainly Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum. I'm glad to know that you had a peaceful time at Shukkei-en, Japanese style garden and enjoyed the most popular local food ( Okonomiyaki) in Hiroshima. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your trip and make a lot of wonderful memories in Japan. Thank you!

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