Exploring Hidden Artistic Treasures, Culinary Excellence, and Local Gems
Nestled amidst the serene Seto Inland Sea of Japan lies the enchanting island of Naoshima, a hidden gem that has become a global haven for art, culture, and relaxation. Allow us to guide you on a journey through Naoshima, where we'll uncover the island's must-visit museums, explore its rich artistic influences, savor delectable dining experiences, soak in the rejuvenating onsens, and reveal the ideal way to explore it all—on an electric bike.
The Artistic Oasis
Naoshima, a captivating island in Japan's Seto Inland Sea, boasts a remarkable collection of art museums and installations that have transformed it into an art lover's paradise.
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin
The island's artistic transformation was heavily influenced by renowned artists like Yayoi Kusama, whose iconic polka dots and vibrant installations can be found throughout Naoshima.
Chichu Art Museum
A stunning subterranean space designed by Tadao Ando, featuring works by renowned artists such as Claude Monet and James Turrell. We highly recommend enjoying the seaview while sipping a lemonade from the museum’s café at the end of your visit.
Benesse House Museum
Naoshima's artistic legacy is rooted in the renowned Benesse House Museum, a striking architectural masterpiece designed by the legendary architect Tadao Ando. This museum blurs the lines between art and accommodation, offering visitors the unique opportunity to stay in rooms adorned with contemporary artwork. Stroll through the thought-provoking galleries, showcasing works by artists like Yayoi Kusama, Lee Ufan, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. End the day with a breathtaking sunset at the museum.
The Valley Gallery, nestled amid the island's lush landscape, offers a serene and contemplative space where visitors can appreciate the harmony between art and nature. Designed by the renowned architect Tadao Ando, the gallery's minimalist architecture complements the artworks it houses.
Lee Ufan Museum
The museum's architecture and layout are carefully curated to create a harmonious dialogue between Lee Ufan's minimalist sculptures and the surrounding environment, providing a tranquil and immersive art experience.
Art House Project
One of the oldest artistic projects on Naoshima, second only to the Benesse House Museum, is the Le Art House Project. Located in the village of Honmura on the island's east coast, this project stands out for its concept of installing artworks not in a museum but within renovated traditional houses. These artworks are specifically created for the sites where they are exhibited.
Naoshima's I Love Yu Public Bath
The Naoshima Bath "I♥湯" designed by Shinro Ohtake offers a unique bathing experience amidst art, with a scrapbook-like style that incorporates recycled objects from across Japan. No visit to Naoshima is complete without experiencing the serene ambiance of this traditional public bathhouse.
Local Culinary Gem: Where to Dine
After indulging your artistic senses and relaxing at the onsen, treat your taste buds to the island's culinary treasures.
Cafe Salon Nakaoku
Head to the enchanting Cafe Salon Nakaoku and savor exquisite Japanese cuisine, including freshly caught seafood, while enjoying panoramic sea views. Finish your meal with the perfect touch—a delightful sesame cheesecake.
For an authentic and heartwarming culinary experience, don't miss Ramen Tsumu, located at 4780-7, Naoshima, Kagawa District, Kagawa 761-3110, Japan. This small, elderly couple-owned ramen shop offers a delightful menu of comforting ramen dishes that will warm your soul. It's a true hidden gem where you can connect with the island's local flavors and hospitality.
Exploring the Island in Style: Electric Bike Rentals
To make the most of your Naoshima adventure, rent an electric bike to effortlessly explore the island's picturesque landscapes. Glide past the art installations, visit charming villages, and take in the breathtaking sea views. 'Musu' sunglasses will not only protect your eyes but also add a touch of elegance to your cycling escapade.
A Day Trip to Teshima Island
Extend your artistic journey by taking a day trip to Teshima Island, just a short ferry ride away from Naoshima. Explore the Teshima Art Museum, designed by architect Ryue Nishizawa, and immerse yourself in the island's serene art installations. Before taking the ferry back to Naoshima, make a pit stop at Teshima Sengyo for some freshly caught fish prepared by two adorable grandmas.
Naoshima, Japan, serves as a confluence of artistic brilliance, cultural richness, gastronomic mastery, and undiscovered treasures. At Musu, our eyewear designs are the culmination of myriad inspirations drawn from the essence of our journeys, the profundity of the exhibitions we have absorbed, and the myriad personalities we have encountered. Our collection stands as a testament to this harmonious fusion, embodying our unique vision.