Destination: Naoshima, Japan

Naoshima, Japan is a unique travel destination. The tiny island located off the southern coast of Japan has one of the world's only museum hotel hybrids. Known as the Benesse House, it hosts works from giants like Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns. These are available for guests to view 24 hours a day.

Throughout the island a number of art installations and subterranean sites, the most popular being the Chichu Art Museum built directly into a hillside, have transformed the once sleepy fishing village into an unlikely destination for global travelers. Cutting-edge architecture and a desire to preserve the natural ambience of the island have led to some absolutely incredible sites.

Writer Ingrid Williams recently put together a great piece on her exploration of the island. If Tokyo Rising has you itching to head to Japan, Naoshima should definitely be on your radar for a day trip exploration.

Chichu Art Museum

The Oval at Benesse House

Benesse House

A sento designed by Shinro Ohtake

Photos: Kosuke Okahara / The New York Times & Benesse Artiste

Categories: architecture & design, art, japan, travel

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