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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Naoshima

直島

Naoshima is a very small island in Japan's Seto Inland Sea, part of Kagawa Prefecture and only 7.8 square kilometers in size and a population less than 4,000 people.

Le Banc by Niki de Sant Phalle, Naoshima Island

Since 1989 the island has developed a series of art spaces in a natural setting - the Benesse Art Site Naoshima.

Pumpkin on Naoshima Island by Yayoi Kusama

Artists and architects including Tadao Ando, James Turrell and Cai Guo-Qiang have contributed to Naosima's unique environment.

Access

Ferry
Ferry to the Honshu port of Uno. Two ferry services run from Uno, making multiple trips each day. Both charge 560 yen for a one-way journey. One boat is a car ferry that takes twenty minutes; the other boat is for foot passengers only and takes ten minutes.

Train
The closest express stop to Naoshima on the Japan Railway line is Okayama Station. There are local trains and buses between Uno and Okayama (30km away).

Images © Alan Wiren

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