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

by CHIZURU
(47) Reviews
10h $ 263 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 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!

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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 ( 47 )
Regina Regina Singapore ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ An enjoyable day trip ”

I commend Chizuru-san’s caring attitude and professionalism. She is knowledgeable and observant. She is also quick in checking information for me, and great in managing timing to ensure the full day trip is smooth. I enjoyed the conversation with Chizuru-san, and look forward the next trip to engage her service again!

CHIZURU:

Hi Regina, thank you for your tour review. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour so much and the peach picking. You came to Okayama in the best season of peach picking. (Then September is the best season for grape picking.) Okayama is called "Fruit Kingdom"! I hope you will enjoy that next. I'm looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you. Chizuru

Scott Scott Hong Kong ( Couple )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Best Guide In Naoshima! ”

We had a great time going around with Chizuru. She was helpful from the start, helping me plan everything to make sure we have a great experience. She was also incredibly flexible when needed and was a great host to the Islands. We highly recommend her to anyone wanting a kind, friendly and attentive guide!

CHIZURU:

Hi Scott, I appreciate your tour review with a high evaluation. I had a wonderful time with you and your wife, Yan for two days. The weather was nice for both days. I relieved that everything went so smoothly though there were lots of people because of the international art festival. I wish you the happiness of your family. Chizuru

Alisa Alisa Canada ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Naoshima Island ”

Chizuru was a great guide for my daughter and myself on a day trip to Naoshima Island. The logistics of getting to Naoshima and then getting around the island via busses were more than I wanted to plan, particularly with a child in tow, so it was great to be able to just relax and let someone guide us. She was also quite knowledgeable with respect to the art/architecture that we saw. I’d definitely recommend Chizuru as a guide.

CHIZURU:

Hi Alisa, thank you very much for the tour review with a high evaluation. I appreciate that. I really enjoyed the tour with you and your daughter. She was very nice and seemed to get used to traveling abroad. My daughter is already grown-up, so I really enjoyed the time with a child like you daughter. Thank you for coming all the way to Naoshima and I hope you will come to Japan again. Thank you. Chizuru

Kathryn Kathryn Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Hiroshima one day guide ”

We met Chizuru promptly at 9.30 am in our hotel lobby. Our day was well organised and the timing of our visits to The Peace Museum and Miyajuma were not hurried. Chizuru speaks excellent English and is very knowledgeable. She went out of her way to help us buy some items in the supermarket after our trip. We thank her very much and would recommend Chizuru as a guide. J and K

CHIZURU:

Hi Kathryn, thank you for the tour review with a high evaluation. I’m very happy to receive it and glad to know that you enjoyed the tour very much. That was the most perfect day for sightseeing. It was a little cloudy day. The temperature was not so high. We enjoyed walking. And any sightseeing spots were not so crowded. Everything went so smoothly. So we could add one more spot. That is a beautiful Japanese style “Migratory garden, Shukkeien” That garden is a place to rest and relax for the people of Hiroshima. I’m glad to see you enjoy one of Hiroshima specialties, Okonomiyaki. Thank you for the wonderful time with you. Chizuru

Carl Carl Japan ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Thanks for great tour ”

Thanks for great tour of Naoshima. Your preparation was excellent, and we enjoyed a very smooth, fun tour!

CHIZURU:

Hi Sandra and Jason, thank you for the tour review with a high evaluation. I'm happy to receive it and glad to know that you enjoyed the contemporary art island very much. That day was nice for sightseeing. We were very lucky. Every spot was not so crowded. Everything went so smoothly as planned. You are a very nice couple. I really enjoyed the tour, too. Thank you for the wonderful time with you. Chizuru

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