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Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea. It is famous for art museums and outdoor sculptures.
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Most of the art attractions are along the southern coast and southern half of the island.
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We visited Naoshima on a day trip from Okayama. We didn't see all the museums, but we did see the major sights.
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From Honshu, most people go through Uno Station in Okayama to take a ferry to Naoshima.
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Ferry at Uno Port going to Naoshima.
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Inside the ferry going to Naoshima. Free seating.
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The ferry has large tables for groups.
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As well as individual seats.
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Ferry leaving Uno Port.
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You can also sit on the top deck.
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The northern half of Naoshima is dominated by a copper-refining operation.
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Unpopulated part of Naoshima.
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Seto Ohashi Bridge in the distance.
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Approaching Miyanoura Port, the main gateway to Naoshima.
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Miyanoura Port
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Red pumpkin at Miyanoura Port.
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Miyanoura Port terminal
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Our ferry at Naoshima.
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The red pumpkin at Miyanoura Port is by Kusama Yayoi, a famous Japanese pop artist famous for polka dots.
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Inside the red pumpkin.
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Local shrine
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Rental bicycles on Naoshima. Many people rent bicycles, but we opted for the free shuttle bus which worked out well.
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The terrain is hilly at times, so if you rent a bicycle, be prepared to pedal hard.
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After arriving Miyanoura Port, we took a special bus that went directly to Chichu Museum.
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Chichu Museum admission was ¥2,000, somewhat pricey. Impressive museum with Monet paintings.
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Chichu Art Museum is not huge, so if it's crowded, you may have to wait to enter. Best to go as early as you can. (Photography was not allowed)
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Chichu Museum was impressive, but there was no way we could go outside and see the museum embedded in the earth.
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Species of hibiscus on Naoshima
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Chichu Art Museum Ticket Center is where you buy tickets to the museum. Also a bus stop where we took a free shuttle bus to Benesse House, another art museum.
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Free shuttle bus schedule. Bus doesn't run that often so you have to check ahead of time the bus departure time.
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Free shuttle bus
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Benesse House, another art museum.
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Benesse House (Photos not allowed inside)
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Beach sculptures on the beach below Benesse House.
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Sculpture looking like a wrecked boat.
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From Benesse House, it was only a short and flat walk to see more attractions.
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Naoshima beach
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High-end lodge, Terrace
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Park of outdoor sculptures.
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Gift shop
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Walk a little further for the next attraction.
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The yellow pumpkin by Kusama Yayoi. This pumpkin is more famous than the red one.
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On Naoshima, the yellow pumpkin by Kusama Yayoi. It's smaller than the red one and you cannot go inside.
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Half-buried torii on the beach near Tsutsuji-so.
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Enka song monument on Naoshima.
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Tsutsuji-so is the far end of the coast where we made a U-turn to head back to Miyanoura Port.
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The local bus has a pumpkin design.
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We rode the bus three times. Once from Miyanoura Port to Chichu Museum, then to Benesse House, then from Tsutsuji-so back to Miyanoura Port.
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At Miyanoura Port, the souvenir shop had this natural salt ice cream. It was good.
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Leaving Miyanoura Port.
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Back at Uno Station in Okayama.
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Uno Station in Okayama.
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Uno Station in Okayama.
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Uno Station platform.
   
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