Garden at Chichu Art Museum
Kagawa, Town Walk

How to Spend a Day in Benesse House Neighborhood on Naoshima Island

IMG_1775There are  three main museums in the Benesse House Area on Naoshima, Benesse House, Lee Ufan Museum and Chichu Art Museum. The easiest way to get there is to take a public bus or a direct bus from Miyanoura Port to Tsutsuji-so beach house. It takes a 30 minute walk from Tsutsuji-so bus stop to Benesse House Museum. On the way, you can enjoy artworks including the very famous Yayoi Kusama’s yellow pumpkin.  IMG_1625

Gotanji Swimming Beach

We waded in the Gotanji Swimming Beach near Benesse House. The water was still so cold in the early part of April, but it was pretty to see Seto Inland Sea. The swimming season of Gotanji Swimming Beach is from July to the end of August with no lifeguards. Public restrooms and foot shower were available in Tsutsuji-so site, so we could wash our feet. Sea near Benesse House

Lee Ufan Museum

It was refreshing to walk from Gotanji Swimming Beach to Benesse House Museum seeing artworks and Seto Inland Sea along the way. We visited Lee Ufan Museum on foot from Benesse House Museum. It was not crowded and we could take as much time as we wanted to enjoy his artworks. You can see artworks from various directions and the contrast of the building and artworks is impressive. My kid loved the experience to peek at the artworks from below or right beside them. Nobody strictly directed us to change our postures to enjoy arts.IMG_1732

Chichu Art Museum

Finally, we visited Chichu Art Museum and found we had to wait to enter the museum for over one hour due to the admission restriction. It is a nice idea to visit Chichu Art Museum in the morning to avoid the crowd. We could enjoy Chichu Garden with many kinds of blooming flowers. The layout and color arrangement was so gorgeous.Garden at Chichu Art MuseumWhen we stayed at Benesse House 7 years ago, it was much easier to make reservations for rooms and dinners. However, I could not make a reservation for a dinner this time due to the full capacity of the accommodation. The public buses seemed too packed and there was a line up to take photos of Yayoi Kusama’s yellow pumpkin. Please be prepared for the crowd.

Visitors Information:

Benesse House Museum

Opening Days: 7 days a week

Opening Hours: 8am-9pm

Price: 1,030 yen

Lee Ufan Museum

Opening Days: Closed Mondays

Opening Hours: March-September 10am-6pm

October-February 10am-5pm

Price: 1,030 yen

Chichu Art Museum

Opening Days: Closed Mondays

Opening Hours: March-September 10am-6pm

October-February 10am-5pm

Price: 2,060 yen

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My name is Keiko Kant. I live in Tokyo and have traveled all over Japan and also throughout several continents. Wondertips will introduce travel tips in Japan, as well as showing beautiful scenery and interesting areas.

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