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

by CHIZURU
(34) Reviews
10h $ 249 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.

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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 ( 34 )
Kevin Kevin Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ Fantastic lady and a great guide ”

I had a small group of 7 people, all well travelled and looking for satisfaction in every aspect on a visit to Hiroshima where Chizuro San led us beautifully. Her personality as well as her knowledge of the area was amazing. She very kindly helped me with advance hotel arrangements which need a change I could not manage myself. I just wish she could have led us on the complete trip of Japan.

CHIZURU:

Hi Kevin, thank you for the tour review with the high evaluation and lots of complements. I appreciate it. I'm glad I could help Judy find the portrait and the profile of her friend’s sister who past away as a result of Atomic bombing at the research library in “Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims”. During lunch time, we enjoyed “Okonomiyaki”, most popular local food in Hiroshima, at the Teppan-Yaki restaurant which the taxi driver recommended. I ate Okonomiyaki many times so far, but the Okonomiyaki in that restaurant was the number one!!!

Richard Richard United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Chizuru is a wonderful guide, who worked tirelessly both before and during the tour to enhance our experiences ”

Chizuru spent a lot of time before our tour trying to find and organize some specific requests we had for our special hobby interests. Chizuru knows how to fade into the background when you are happily occupied ,but to step forward immediately when you have need for her. She was very solicitous of my bad knee, always pointing out a ramp, elevator, to aid me. Finally, Chizuru is friendly and charming to be with. Her English speaking ability is good, you will be able to understand her. I highly recommend Chizuru, the time you spend with her will be one of the highlights of your Japanese trip

CHIZURU:

Hi Richard, thank you so much for your review with a high evaluation and lots of complements. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. You will be one of my forgettable customers because of a huge number of e-mails we exchanged, more than 50 times. What I’m most sorry to say is that I couldn’t make one of your wishes come true, MT factory tour. I wonder how many or much “Japanese paper and Washi tape” Zia bought. I hope she will make a lot of wonderful works by using them.

JD JD United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Great tour ”

We had a great tour with Chizuru. She was very knowledgeable about where to go, how to get there and what we saw. The tour was a highlight of our trip. Thank you.

CHIZURU:

Hi JD, thank you very much for your quick review with the high evaluation for the tour. It was Sunday and in the middle of Spring break of Japanese school students. I was worried that the museums would be very crowded. But fortunately, we could see paintings and experience unique art projects without waiting for a long time. The tour went very smoothly. Thank you for your cooperation and I appreciate the wonderful time you shared with me. Thank you JD & Damon

Karen Karen Canada ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ A day to reflect on history ”

Chizuru was a great guide and I would recommend her. She met us at the train station and walked us to our hotel to drop off our luggage, which was very nice and helpful. Chizuru was very informative and navigated our way through several locations very easily. Chizuru explained the history of the bombing and gave us historical facts all throughout the bomb site, museum and children's monument. It was a good experience to reflect on the history of nuclear war. Next we went to Miyajima which was also excellent. I would highly recommend visiting both sites in the same day. We did NOT feel rushed, and it was a great day. Thank you Chizuru!!!

CHIZURU:

Dear Karen, Thank you very much for your highly evaluation with a lot of complement. I'm very happy to receive it. Though the starting time was a little late, everything went well including the weather. I'm very glad to meet a nice family like you. I appreciate that I could have a pleasant time with you. Thank you Karen!

Debbie Debbie United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months 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.

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