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Benesse House

Where else in the world would you find modern art museums, installations and sculptures dotted about all over three islands? Benesse House is the centrepiece of this modern yet uniquely Japanese experience, and the only luxury accommodation on the island. Designed by Tadao Ando, four distinct rooms have artworks by the artists featured in the adjoining museum, while three other buildings offer seaview rooms and beachside suites. These are pretty spectacular, as they overlook onto Yayoi Kusama’s iconic yellow pumpkin and other outdoor art installations, while also offering the most space. Fast Wi-fi is included.

A short monorail ride up the hill leads to the renowned Oval building. Set within an otherworldly elliptical architecture, this wing provides the highest vantage point and the only exclusive bar on Naoshima. There are a couple of dining options to choose between, such as their French restaurant on the terrace, or the modern Japanese cuisine at Issan underneath the museum. Several works by Tadao Ando amongst other artists – Monet, James Turrell, Lee Ufan - can easily be visited from here, and then explore the works on Tejima and Inushima islands as well. This is an unmissable world-class experience for contemporary art lovers.

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