Naoshima is an island highly evaluated as an “art island” where the whole island is a museum. Red Pumpkin, the artwork of Yayoi Kusama welcomes visitors at Miyaura port. Yellow Pumpkin is located 40 minutes away from the port, along the beach near Tutsuji-so. Both pumpkins are huge works with stem and black dots painted all over. They are symbols of Naoshima that appear beautifully in front of the deep blue sea and the sky. You should take a picture with these pumpkins if you come to Naoshima.
Naoshima is an island that is highly regarded as an “art island” where the entire island is a museum. Yayoi Kusama's Yellow Pumpkin is situated on the beach near Tutsuji-so, 40 minutes from the harbor. All pumpkins are massive pieces, drawn all over with a stem and black dots. They are symbols of Naoshima that appear beautifully in front of the deep blue sea and the sky. You should take a picture with these pumpkins if you come to Naoshima.
While you are strolling around Naoshima city make sure to check out, it's fantastic art museums as well. Chichu Art Museum which exhibits paintings from Monet's “Water Lilies” series. Benesse House Museum shows contemporary sculpture and installations. Also, on the east coast, the Art House Project is a collection of architectural art pieces.
The best way to explore Naoshima is by electric-assist bike. The local map and guide are excellent as it groups restaurants by location and provides a detailed map of the locations. You can find it at the port on arrival and bike shops are easily visible. It will cost you 1,000-1,500 yen for the day.
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