Benesse House

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Why we like it

  • Unique property on the art island of Naoshima lets you stay as close to artwork as possible
  • Four different room types and locations; the Museum, the Oval, the Park and the Beach
  • The Museum rooms are decorated with drawings, paintings and prints created by the artists who pieces are on show in the museum

A&K Top Tip

Take a stroll in the evening to see a different perspective of the artwork when it is lit up by light or the glow of the moon.

Guest Testimonial

Our three guides made this holiday so memorable. Nishiuma Tomoyo in Tokyo, Emiko Ashida (tea ceremony and kimono dressing) and Satomi Miura in Kyoto were fantastic. Their english, knowledge, friendliness and helpfulness could not be faulted. We are so grateful to them all.

- PD, Surrey



Benesse House is both a museum and a hotel, designed by Tadao Ando, one of Japans bets known architects. It is made up of four separate buildings. The Museum is ideal if you want to get close to the art – you are literally living among the artists’ work. The Oval is close to the museum, with panoramic views of the Inland Sea, while the park offers views across the green lawns and the sparkling sea. The Beach has just eight rooms, so it’s perfect for families and groups. The Beach Suites are mere steps from the water’s edge.

You’ll find a restaurant and café, a spa and a shop onsite. Given its location, you can be certain that art provides a running theme through these locations too.


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Best time to be there

Spring (late March to April) for cherry blossom, early summer (May to early June) for warm sunshine, autumn (October to November) for sunny weather and spectacular colours.

Fly to

Osaka/ Tokyo Narita and Haneda (Japan Airlines, British Airways)

flying time

12 hours 30 minutes from London

time difference

GMT +9 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No vaccinations required

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