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General Information About Naoshima If you ever visit western Japan, Naoshima is a must-see cultural art island filled with modern and contemporary art, situated in quaint Japanese history and tradition.   Located in the Setonai-Sea, which connects Honshu (mainland Japan) with Shikoku island, Naoshima is a port city historically known for fishing and salt production.   Naoshima is said to have derived its name from the...

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Speaking of ‘daimyo garden’, the three greatest daimyo gardens, ‘Kenrokuen’, ‘Kairakuen’ and ‘Korakuen’, are well known. But, ‘Ritsurin Koen’ is not inferior to these three gardens, and is highly recommended I personallty think. In fact, this garden is granted the highest rank of three stars in the Michelin Green Books. Once you enter this garden, you will be moved by many...

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Naoshima is world-widely known as a small island where art and nature melt into each other. Many modern artworks are found everywhere on this beautiful nature-rich island, so everybody can enjoy them in a leisurely manner finding themselves with plenty of time. Quite a few non-Japanese visitors are here, in spite of the long distance from major cities of Japan with no good transportation. The first picture shows a statue of...

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An art project, what is called ‘ie-Project’, was started in ‘Honmura’ district in 1997, where is one of the oldest residential areas on this island. This project was triggered by Mr. Soichiro Fukutake, a well-known businessman in the field of education, and seven core artists participated centering on Mr. Tadao Ando, a world figure. They turned old empty houses into works of art with artistic exterior/interior...

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(Day 1 & 2) Honolulu – Fukuoka Despite the typhoon approaching on its way to Japan, we didn’t have much turbulence also no rain in Fukuoka. Yay!! First meal in Fukuoka – tonkotsu ramen (pork base soup).   (Day 3) Fukuoka – Imari – Arita – Nagasaki We are in Saga pref. today and visit Imari and Arita town where it’s known for porcelain. As I get older I find myself admire and...

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Benesse House fuses an art museum with lodging facilities so guests can leisurely enjoy art amid the natural beauty and gentle pace Naoshima Island. Visitors will find works of modern art exhibited in formal exhibition spaces as well as guest rooms designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando. Beach Beach is a suite building that was built close to the seashore.These 8 rooms are filled with touches of ingenuity to ensure a fantastic...

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