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About Naoshima

A little island on the Seto Inland Sea, Naoshima is famed both for its desolate beauty and for its abundance of surrealist art. The ideal retreat for those dreaming of something unusual, the island offers a good range of accommodation options. Whether you’re tempted by a simple private apartment or a room in a minimalist museum-hotel with marvellous sea views, our list of the best places to stay on Naoshima has it all.

The island’s big draw is undoubtedly its fabulous surrealist art installations and museums. Spend your days admiring unique pieces at Benesse House, the Lee Ufan Art Museum, the Chichu Art Museum or the Art House Project. The stunning Naoshima Pavilion and the Akakabocha — a giant colourful pumpkin — are not to be missed!

Long coastal walks, beach days, boat tours and snorkelling trips also come highly recommended. Speak to the teams at the best places to stay on Naoshima to arrange all manner of outdoorsy activities.

The Best Places to Stay on Naoshima

For Design Lovers

  • Benesse House is both a hotel and a museum. Designed by a reputed architect in 1992, the property is made up of a series of modern buildings with chic, minimalist rooms, some of which offer striking coastal views. Don't miss the museum itself, the burgeoning art collection or the excellent French restaurant. For design-minded couples or families.

For Great Value

  • Episode 1 offers simple private apartments with comfortable beds, sitting areas and kitchenettes. There's also a shared lounge for guests to unwind. An affordable choice, a couple of blocks from the coast.
  • Bamboo Village has a more traditional feel, with dorm and private rooms set within a house surrounded by leafy gardens. Brilliant for groups, this great-value option has shared bathrooms, a shared guest kitchen and a fusion of Japanese and Western styles. Very laid-back.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Osaka's Kansai International Airport or to catch a domestic flight to Okayama Airport. Drive or take the train to the coast, where you can hop aboard a short ferry from Uno to Honmura, on Naoshima Island.
  • You may want to drive if you're exploring the island independently. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel during the summer, spring or early autumn, when temperatures range between 22 and 30°C degrees. Do expect the school holidays to be especially busy.



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Best Hotels in Naoshima

  • Episode 1 Naoshima 2 rooms from £75

    Local exploring  -  With free bikes available from the hotel, and many renowned attractions close by, guests are well-placed for local exploring
    Active Holiday  -  There are lots of opportunities for cycling and hiking in the area surrounding the hotel, perfect for an active holiday
    Families  -  The self-catering apartments are great for families travelling with children
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Benesse House, a facility based on the concept of coexistence among nature, architecture, and art
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    Episode 1 offers basic apartments in Naoshima, Japan. Rooms are simply dressed with comfortable beds and a modest living area. All rooms are equipped with a kitchenette for self-catering and there is a shared lounge. The guesthouse also offers free bikes, great for local exploring. A relaxed stay. See More

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  • Bamboo Village Naoshima (Kagawa Prefecture,) 5 rooms from £122

    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Art House Project, a series of abandoned buildings which have been transformed with creativity
    Other Activities  -  Visit the Giant Pumpkin by the celebrated artist Yoyoi Kusama, and the many other outdoor installations
    Value chic  -  A great value choice in a good location with dorm rooms and a shared kitchen
    Groups  -  The dorm room has two bunk beds - perfect for a relaxed group of friends
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    Charming accommodation with a pretty garden. The rooms all have bunk beds and unfussy decor, with shared bathroom, and the communal lounge area has a handy kitchenette. Ideal for groups and for those looking for an easy-going, simple stay close to the Art House Project. See More

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  • Benesse House Naoshima (Kagawa-gun) 65 rooms from £186

    Romantic Break  -  Lovely accommodation, gorgeous views and a tranquil atmosphere-perfect for a romantic getaway
    Other Activities  -  Keep an eye out for regular events and art talks held in the museum's conference spaces
    Museums  -  The house itself is an acclaimed museum; guided visits are a highlight of any stay
    Beach Life  -  Benesse House enjoys a superb beachfront location on the coast of the Inland Sea
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    This art museum-come-hotel is situated on the coast of Naoshima island. Benesse House's four buildings offer chic minimalist accommodation with floor to ceiling windows and gorgeous views! Enjoy the restaurant's French-inspired cuisine made using local produce. A unique stay, perfect for art lovers! See More

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  • Ryokan Roka Naoshima Island 11 rooms from £362

    Total relaxation  -  Private openair baths boasting scenic views over the rugged landscape, impeccable cuisine and beautifully tended gardens
    Local exploring  -  Use this serene art filled luxury Ryokan as your base from which to explore Naoshima — famed as Japan's art island
    Artworks  -  The Ryokan is filled with contemporary artworks, some part of a permanent collection and others for sale to guests
    Sights nearby  -  Just a five minute walk from the Gokurakuji Temple and The Ando Museum
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    Naoshima Island's contemporary take on a traditional Ryokan strikes all the right notes. Beauty in simplicity — and of course private onsens and 5 star gourmet cuisine. Contemporary art adorns the walls and gardens and the service is impeccable. Minimalist Japanese style meets understated luxury. See More

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