For contemporary art lovers, Naoshima is one of the most talked about immersive experiences in the world. Modern art museums, installations and sculptures by Tadao Ando and others are dotted around the centrepiece Benesse House which is both museum and accommodation. Nearby Chichu museum is an art project in itself, designed by Ando with contributions from other architects and built into the hillside so as to preserve the natural coastal views. Five of Monet's water lily paintings are here, along with installations by Walter de Maria and James Turrell. Also visit the Ando museum, Lee ufan museum, Art House project and Japan's only bathouse doubling as an art gallery, before exploring the installations on neighbouring Teshima and Inujima.
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