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Naoshima One Day Tour – The Holy Island of Contemporary Art

by Aki
(16) Reviews
1 day $ 296 Price up to 4 people

Highlights

  • Cruise on the serene and beautiful Seto Inland Sea
  • Visit the museums – Benesse House Museum, Lee Ufan Museum, and Chichu Art Museum
  • Appreciate the outdoor works – Red and Yellow Pumpkins, Naoshima Pavilion, and so on
  • Visit Honmura district, the place of Art House Project
  • View the wonderful landscapes such as natural scenes and traditional town streets
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296.44 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 34.88
Extra person.
$ 39.53
Airport pick-up.
$ 23.25
Hotel escort (to Takamatsu).
$ 20.93

Overview

Located in the quiet and tranquil Seto Inland Sea, a small island, Naoshima is full of contemporary arts and architectures.
While you enjoy viewing the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, a 50-minute cruise takes you to the island from Takamatsu Port in Shikoku.
We'll visit various art sites and architectures designed by young hopeful artists, great masters of art, and world-famous architects.

What to Expect

The name of the island dates back to the late 12th century, when a retired emperor named the small island Naoshima meaning an island of gentle residents. Today, Naoshima is regarded as a holly land of contemporary art, drawing a lot of people both from home and abroad.

Why so? Artists and architects have sympathized a project aiming at creating significant spaces by bringing contemporary arts and architectures in resonance with the pristine nature of the Seto Inland Sea, a landscape with a rich cultural and historical fabric.

We visit three areas in Naoshima to appreciate the outstanding works created by distinguished artists and architects.

1. Benesse House Area
There are three museums all designed by a worldly notable architect, Tadao Ando who is a winner of Pritzker Prize regarded as Nobel Prize in architecture.
- Benesse House Museum
Built on high ground overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, the museum features artworks found not just within its galleries, but in neighboring areas such as the seashore and the nearby forest.
- Lee Ufan Museum
Located in a gentle valley surrounded by hills and the sea, the museum exhibits the works of internationally acclaimed artist, Lee Ufan, offering a tranquil space where nature, architecture and art come in resonance with each other.
- Chichu Art Museum
Built mostly underground to avoid harming the natural landscapes, the museum houses the artworks by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria. The architecture itself can be seen as a very large site-specific artwork.

2. Honmura Area
The Art House Project is underway in Honmura area where empty houses are being renovated and turned into art sites. The area has ANDO MUSEUM that is 100-year-old traditional wooden house renovated by Tadao Ando. You can learn about Ando's works through photographs, sketches, and models, and see how the museum itself has revived this venerable old house.

3. Miyanoura Port Area
Miyanoura is the main port of Naoshima, where ferries come and go. Around the port, there are several art works including conspicuous Red Pumpkin designed by Yayoi Kusama and Naoshima Pavilion by Sou Fujimoto. The elegant terminal building, the Marine Station Naoshima, is designed by a star-architects’ unit, SANAA – Sejima And Nishizawa And Associates.

I was born and raised in Kagawa prefecture facing the Seto Inland Sea.
Therefore, it’s my pleasure to guide you around Naoshima!

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Organized by Aki

Licensed Guide
(16) Reviews

Highlights

  • Cruise on the serene and beautiful Seto Inland Sea
  • Visit the museums – Benesse House Museum, Lee Ufan Museum, and Chichu Art Museum
  • Appreciate the outdoor works – Red and Yellow Pumpkins, Naoshima Pavilion, and so on
  • Visit Honmura district, the place of Art House Project
  • View the wonderful landscapes such as natural scenes and traditional town streets

Important

I usually live in Yokohama, approximately 400 miles away from Naoshima.
This tour will be available when I stay in Kagawa, a gateway to Naoshima.
Therefore, please contact me to confirm the tour's availability in advance.
I would appreciate it if you could give me an inquiry about the availability at least a week before the day of the tour.

This tour is not conducted on Mondays, because the museums are usually closed on Mondays.

City Kagawa

Depart From Kagawa, Takamatsu, Okayama

Meeting Point At Takamatsu Port, JR Takamatsu, Okayama, Uno Stations, Miyanoura Port in Naoshima, or at your hotel in Naoshima and Takamatsu

Ending Point At Takamatsu Port, JR Takamatsu Station, Miyanoura Port in Naoshima, or at your hotel in Naoshima

Duration 1 day

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 4 people   Flexible

What‘s included
  • guide fee
  • hotel pick-up (in this case, please pay the guide's transportation fare from your hotel)


What‘s not included
  • transportation fare (you and guide)
  • admission fee (you and guide)
  • meals

Frequently Asked Questions

Besides guide fee, how much does it cost for a one-day tour?

Although the cost varies according to our itinerary, a typical cost is approximately 10,000 JPY, or $90 USD per person.
For example, if you visit most of the art sites, the total cost comes to 9,660 JPY per person approximately.
- transportation fare: Approx. 1,500 JPY (Ferry and bus, for a round trip)
- admission fee to three museums(Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum, Lee Ufan Museum): 4,120 JPY
- admission fee to Art House Project and ANDO MUSEUM: 1,540 JPY
- lunch: 2,500 JPY
For more details, please refer to the Questions and Answers below.

How long does it take to get to Naoshima?

From Takamatsu Port, Kagawa prefecture,
It takes approximately 50 minutes by ferry, or 25 minutes by high-speed boat.
High-speed boat is operated on Friday, Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays during March 1st to November 30th.
The one-way fares are,
- Ferry: Adult 520 JPY, Child 260 JPY
- High-speed boat: Adult 1,220 JPY, Child 610 JPY
Takamatsu Port is located approximately 5 minutes walk away from JR Takamatsu Station, or 40 minutes car ride from Takamatsu Airport.

From Uno Port, Okayama prefecture,
It takes approximately 20 minutes by ferry. The one-way fares are Adult:290 JPY and Child:150 JPY.
Uno Port is located approximately 5 minutes walk away from JR Uno Station, accessible by train from JR Okayama Station, taking approximately 50 minutes.

How do we get around Naoshima?

We'll use bus to go to each area. Public bus and free shuttle bus services are available hourly.
The public bus fares are Adult:100 JPY and Child:50 JPY per a ride.
If you like, we can use rental bicycles. The average fee is approximately 1,500 JPY per day for renting a bike with a electric motor.
Walking is not always recommended, because the island has many ups and downs.

How much are the admission fees of the museums in Naoshima?

Chichu Art Museum:
- 2,060 JPY, free for children 15 and under
Benesse House Museum:
- 1,030 JPY, free for children 15 and under, and overnight guests at Benesse House
Lee Ufan Museum:
- 1,030 JPY, free for children 15 and under
ANDO MUSEUM:
- 510 JPY, free for children 15 and under
Art House Project:
- Multi-Site ticket for six art houses: 1,030 JPY, free for children 15 and under
- Single-Site ticket for one art house: 410 JPY, free for children 15 and under

What is the price range of lunch in Naoshima?

There are various types of restaurants serving many kinds of cuisines.
The typical price ranges per person are, for example,
- A Western style restaurant: 1,500 yen to 3,000 yen
- A Japanese style restaurant: 1,500 yen to 3,000 yen
- A noodle shop: 1,000 yen approximately

Can you shorten the tour duration?

Yes, I can shorten the duration and reduce guide fee according to your request.
In this case, please contact me before booking. I'll offer you a customized tour based on your request.

What’s a recommended itinerary for this tour?

For example:

8:00 am
Meet at Takamatsu Port in Kagawa, Shikoku, and board a ferry departing at 08:12 am .

09:02 am
Arrive at Miyanoura Port in Naoshima and walk around the port to see art works including Red Pumpkin.

09:45 am
Move to Benesse House Area by bus. On the way, we'll change to a shuttle bus going around Benesse House Area.

10:10 am
Arrive at Benesse House Area where we visit the museums including Benesse House Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and Chichu Art Museum.
We can have lunch in a restaurant or cafe at a museum.

01:30 pm
Move to Honmura Area by bus.

02:00 pm
Arrive at Honmura Area where we visit the sites of Art House Project and ANDO MUSEUM.
We can drop in at a cafe or a lounge selling souvenirs.

04:20 pm
Move to Miyanoura Port by bus

04:30 pm
At Miyanoura Port, board a ferry departing at 5:00 pm.

06:00 pm
Arrive at Takamatsu Port and the tour ends

Can you escort me to my hotel?

Yes, I can. If your hotel is located in Takamatsu, please pay Hotel escort fee.
Guide’s transportation fare to the place is also required to be paid.

Can you pick me up at Takamatsu Airport?

Yes, I can.
Please pay Airport pick-up fee when you book.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Aki


Licensed Guide

(16) Reviews

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  • English ( License )

Hi, I’m Aki, a government licensed English speaking tour guide.

I was born and raised in Kagawa prefecture, facing the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, in western Japan.
After graduating from a university, I had worked for a global electronics company in Tokyo for 30 years and retired early. Working with foreign colleagues gave me fantastic opportunities to learn Japan from their points of views, and I came to think it's fun to talk about Japan with foreign people.

Also, I love traveling, visiting a lot of places throughout Japan, amazed by its beautiful nature, great tradition, and wonderful food. I realized Japan has numerous tourist attractions.
Then I became a tour guide, hoping to entertain foreign visitors with my tours based on my experiences as a tourist.

I've been living in Yokohama and Kamakura areas for more than 30 years, knowing Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, and Hakone very well. I love food, nature, cultures, and architectures, valuing genuineness of what to see, experience, taste and buy, which cannot always be experienced in a group tour.

I believe that participating in my guided tour will bring you a lot of fun. I can help you to explore Japan deeper and to get in touch with the locals, taking you to both popular spots and unbeaten sites where you can see daily lives of the people.

Let’s share a joy of touring in this lovely country.
Thank you and see you in Japan!
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Reviews ( 16 )

Excellent
2 months ago |   by Elizabeth

“ Wonderful and caring guide ”

We enjoyed our day with Aki. In advance of our tour of Hakone, Aki checked in several times to confirm the time, the itinerary and even give us clothing suggestions due to the weather. He also purchased train tickets for us in advance so that we were guaranteed to get a seat. He gave us interesting facts about the area and was seamless in his navigation during a very crowded time in Hakone. Aki also went above and beyond by staying with us to make sure we got to our ryokan at the end of the tour. His English and knowledge of the area are excellent. He is easy-going and friendly. I highly recommend a tour with Aki.

Excellent
3 months ago |   by Bruce

“ Accommodating Tour Guide ”

We enjoyed a 4 hour tour with Aki and were not disappointed. He communicated expertly with us in advance and was ready with a plan for the tour when he arrived at our hotel. He easily adjusted his plan as we told him what types of activities we enjoyed. Aki was knowledgeable and answered all our questions with a smile. He was a gracious host!

Excellent
6 months ago |   by Nabil

“ review of my visit to Tokyo ”

was excellent visit. Me and my wife enjoyed the trip. Mr Aki was very helpful and informative. He made our visit non forgettable one. I wish him all the best.

Very Good
7 months ago |   by Elaine

“ We had a very good visit to the Peace Memorial ”

Aki was very enthusiastic and informative.

Very Good
8 months ago |   by Amanda

“ Visit to Tsukiji fish market & Imperial palace ”

We asked to be taken around the fish market and Aki did a great job guiding us through the myriad of market stalls in the outer market, pointing things out and answering our questions. We then stopped for a sushi breakfast which was excellent, we were sat right at the chefs counter so could watch them at work. We then explored the Inner market. Next stop was the Imperial palace gardens, unfortunately we weren't able to enter as they have set visiting times that didn't fit with our schedule. Aki provided a good verbal explanation and additional photographic information using his notebook. We were very happy with the tour. Aki also has great English language skills.

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