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Located in Naoshima, a 5-minute walk from Naoshima Pavillion, MY LODGE Naoshima provides accommodations with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a garden. Superb lodge with breathtaking view. Infrastructure was brand new, with excellent taste and really comfortable. Big bathroom. Friendly staff. Thanks for our stay!!
Wright style is located in Naoshima. Featuring a bar, the 2-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. I fractured my knee as I was arriving to Naoshima. A staff member from the hotel (Kooki) took me to the local clinic and he stayed with me me until I was dismissed. The owner of the hotel also came to the clinic to find out how I was doing and asked if I needed anything. I was given a room on the first floor because of my injury even though that was not the original arrangement. The whole staff and the owner made sure that I was ok during my stay, while I was making arrangements to come back home due to my injury. I needed to take the early ferry to Takeshita to come back to Canada, and the owner woke up early to drive me to the ferry terminal. I cannot thank enough the owner and the staff for all their kindness. The hotel is also a very nice place to stay and enjoy Naoshima. I could not go around the island as I hoped for, but I will be back.
UOGASHI7070 Ocean View is located in Miyanoura. This property offers access to a balcony. This apartment with sea views features a bathroom with a bidet, shower and free toiletries. We had a perfect staying in a clean and new room with sea view and terrace. The staff kindly helped us to solve a date mistake we did in the reservation. We appreciated it a lot!! The staff also came to pick up us at the ferry port.
Just a 3-minute walk from Miyanoura Port, Yado Seven Beach offers nonsmoking Japanese rooms with free Wi-Fi and an LCD TV. The ladies who takes care of the place are very nice and took good care of. We enjoyed the commun area downstairs for breakfast and evening. The place is well located near the port.
Guest House Oomiyake is a 5-minute drive from the Miyaura-kou Ferry Terminal. We definitely enjoyed Guest House Oomiyake! Close to the main art exhibitions in the Honmura port area and free rental bikes to use to go to Miyanoura port area (less than 20min). There is a supermarket close to the guest house and the owner was super nice to us, giving advices and Naoshima map.
La Curación offers accommodations in Naoshima. Takamatsu is 8.1 mi away. The property is approximately a 10-minute walk from Gotanji Beach. Free WiFi is provided in all guest rooms. Great restaurant directly next door, bus stop right outside. Very clean spacious room. Self sufficient.
On average, 3-star hotels in Naoshima cost $326 per night, and 4-star hotels in Naoshima are $0 per night. If you're looking for something really special, a 5-star hotel in Naoshima can be found for $0 per night, on average (based on Booking.com prices).
Naoshima was all I had hoped for and more. You definitely need two days and one night for the full experience to see the art at sun up and sun down is very different). Three days and two nights would have been even better IMO. DEFINITELY take the time to get the area maps at the center at the port and spend some time coming up with your game plan of how to tackle the city. If you like to bike and have the time I'd say just bike and forget the buses . I biked one day and took buses the next (rain) A rental bike is a must if you wanna do it right. They are conveniently located on the other side of port and inexpensive. If you have people in your group who can't handle hills and/or real exercise get the electric bikes. 7-11 closes at 7:00 p.m. so stock up on your essentials before then. The cafe at Benesse House and Museum was very very good. I had a very tasty lunch and amazing dessert (it was some type of salted ice cream with nuts). Went to the Bathhouse (for the first time ever) and it was a nice experience. The owners were very accommodating and helpful with my lack of knowledge. Sparkys Coffee House is a MUST As a solo traveler I found Yado Seven Beach House to be perfect. Overall experience was more than I had hoped for. So tranquil - not many tourists. beaches quiet. beautiful experience.
Even though the Setouchi Triennale largely attracts contemporary art fans around the world, Naoshima still has a little bit of everything for all sorts of travelers. For the outdoorsy type, the biking trails are hilly enough for a proper work out, the beaches are beautiful, and fish seems abundant from all the fishers I came across. Both port villages might have lost their youth to the inevitability of brain drain, but the revitalization effort has turned a lot of old fishing homes into cafes, restaurants, bars, and other points of foodie interest. For people who aren't blessed with time, a lot of visitors seemed to be perfectly satisfied with a well planned day trip to see all the major exhibits. And to all my fellow chillaxing, non-art buff comrades, I thoroughly enjoyed my three slow days on the island straight off the ambience, and still spent the ferry home thinking about the quirky cafes and restaurants hidden within those tiny alleys that I didn't get to try.
Very nice artworks around the island, but during weekend the island is not suited to accommodate large group of visitors: very limited restaurants, limited options to eat without queuing for 1h! Also book your tickets for museum in advance, some you cannot do on the day!
A place unlike any other, Naoshima has a unique atmosphere. Contemporary architecture and art inhabit it, but it still feels like an authentic traditional Japanese Island. The Art House project is a particular highlight, as one gets to visit traditional buildings repurposed to house artworks and installations. The beautiful scenery and the art facilities would have been enough to make this a great destination, but the welcoming and kind local population makes it truly memorable.
Naoshima early in the year was lovely and quiet. Although not many cafes and restaurants were opened yet. (February) Especially Teshima island museum was an experience. We loved naoshima just as well. Amazing musea and art experiences!
We came to view the art we were happy spending the night made it extra special after the crowds absinthe morning before they arrived.February is a good tie to visit but we would come back in the summer
Easy to find location although a little far from main attractions.