Art Island Naoshima

Located on the Setouchi inland sea, a short ferry ride from Okayama and Takamatsu, the modern art mecca of Naoshima is well worth a visit


  • Wonderful and varied art made by traditional and contemporary artists
  • Picturesque beaches and local island culture
  • A leisurely cycling course, taking in the best parts of the island
  • Spend two nights at a traditional Japanese inn and enjoy freshly-caught seafood in the evenings

An island in the lovely Inland Sea and a short ferry ride from Okayama which lies to the north on the main island of Honshu, or from Takamatsu which lies to the south on Shikoku, the modern art mecca of Naoshima is well worth a visit. Spend two nights in a Japanese inn and enjoy freshly-caught seafood for dinner.


We recommend visiting Benesse House Museum and also the Art House Project area, where you can see traditional Japanese houses and architecture transformed into modern art. There is also the option to extend this trip with a visit to Bizen in Okayama, to explore and learn how to make the traditional pottery Bizen-yaki, famous throughout the world.


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This experience is an Add-on package
Include this experience in your own custom tour - it is ideal as a side-trip from Kyoto or from Osaka. Or add the experience to the start of your Self-Guided Shikoku 88 Temple tour.

Day 1 Travel to Naoshima

Travel by train and ferry to Naoshima, south of Okayama on Honshu and part of Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku Island in the south. Spend your first day winding down to island time at one of the lovely cafes or restaurants around the island.


Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run guesthouse)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Exploring the island

Today rent bicycles and take in the many hidden galleries and artworks the island has to offer. The trail winds around the small local neighbourhoods, taking in the highlights of both sides of the island.


Cycling distance: 8.4km / 5.2 miles
Elevation gain: 120m / 395 feet of ascent and 125m / 410 feet of descent
Time required: About 1-2 hours of optional cycling


Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Depart from Naoshima

Head onwards via a scenic ferry ride and train from Naoshima Island. Spend one final morning on the beach if the weather is nice.


Meals: Breakfast

We recommend to live this experience as part of one of these tours