Naoshima

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Japan’s surreal ‘art island’, Naoshima is a small islet in the Seto Inland Sea, renowned for its modern art museums, architecture and sculptures. Though the island itself is sleepy, the structures are high-tech, high spec and made of reinforced concrete; minimalist styling allows the art to take centre stage. Despite its contemporary appearance the island is refreshingly backward in actual tech (no televisions, or internet reception, for example). With the atmosphere of a calm, meditative shrine you’ll feel more like you’re in the hushed surroundings of an ancient museum and you’ll even be asked to sign a waiver passing the right to take photographs or post updates on social media. You may have already seen some of the art that’s on display; the giant pumpkin, for example, hasn’t escaped social media, and the 88 buddhas created from industrial waste are a highlight. Everywhere around the combination of light and water creates a different aspect and, depending on the weather and the time of day, a different perspective on the installations.

In short, Naoshima is bonkers, but after the chaos of Tokyo and the quiet of the mountains it’s an ideal blend of the two; there’s barely any cars and you’ll certainly not tire of things to look at.


Useful info

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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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