Naoshima was the highlight of my trip. It is a little island of the coast of Japan that is dedicated to architecture, artwork and sculptures. It is a short train and ferry ride to the island (about an hour) from Okayama and well worth the trip.
We rented bikes and rode around the island to the different galleries. I would highly recommend renting electric bikes, the entire island has massive hills that would have been a struggle if our bikes weren’t electric.
The Benesse House was a beautiful gallery full of installations inside and sculptures surrounding it.
The Chichu Art Museum had almost interactive installations which you could walk through. It was really interesting because some of them you had to take your shoes off and remain completely silent. It was quite an experience!
I was told that on weekends and during the summer you may have to line for hours for the museums. We were very lucky and went mid-week and the weather was overcast so there were no lines for anything. So if possible, try to visit the island during the week!
I went into this not knowing much about the artwork but this was the one thing I did know about – Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin. It was everything I had hoped for!
I would recommend spending more than one day on the island as there is so much to see. It is possible do go there as a day trip (I did) but you won’t get to see everything the island has to offer. There are many types accommodation available from hotel to camping but get in early as they tend to book out!