Benesse Art Site Naoshima


Benesse House Museum

Benesse House Museum opened in 1992 as a facility integrating a museum with a hotel, based on the concept of "coexistence of nature, art and architecture." Designed by Tadao Ando, the facility is built on high ground overlooking the Seto Inland Sea and features large apertures that serve to open up the interior to the splendid natural surroundings. In addition to exhibiting the painting, sculpture, photography, and installations in its collection, the Museum also contains permanent site-specific installations that artists have created especially for the building, selecting locations on their own and designing the works for those spaces. The Museum's artworks are found not just within its galleries, but in all parts of the building, as well as in scattered locations along the seashore that borders the complex and in the nearby forest. Benesse House Museum is truly a rare site where nature, art, and architecture come together, in an environment containing numerous site-specific works created for the natural environs of Naoshima or inspired by the architectural spaces they inhabit.

Hours & Admission

8:00 am - 9:00 pm
(Last admittance: 8:00 pm)
Open year-round
Open Days Calendar
JPY 1,050
* Free admission for children of 15 and under and overnight guests at Benesse House.
Available for sale on the spot
Individuals / Groups
* For inquiries regarding staying Benesse House, please send from here.
Benesse House Museum

Benesse House Museum

These works are on display on the 2nd floor of Benesse House Museum.

 Benesse House Museum<br>2F

☆Yoshihiro Suda Weeds , 2002
・Tadao Ando Benesse House Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum Study Model and Drawings , 1996
・Shigeo Anzai Artists from Benesse House , 1974-96
・Shinro Ohtake Shipyard Works Bow with Hole , 1990
・George Rickey Four Lines , 1978-88

☆Site-specific work

Benesse House Museum

These works are on display on the 1st floor of Benesse House Museum.

 Benesse House Museum<br>1F

・Rika Noguchi Color of the Planet #1 , 2004
・Alberto Giacometti Diego sur Stele I , 1962
・César Hommage à Monaco MC12 , 1994
・Yukinori Yanagi The Forbidden Box , 1995
・Yukinori Yanagi Banzai Corner1996 , 1996
・Robert Rauchenberg Run-off , 1984
・Sam Francis Blue , 1952-53
・Cy Twombly Untitled I , 1968
・Tom Wesselmann Great American Nude #39 , 1962
・Jean Michel Basquiat Gua-Gua , 1984
☆Richard Long River Avon Mud Circles by the Inland Sea , 1997
☆Richard Long Inland Sea Driftwood Circle , 1997
☆Richard Long Full Moon Stone Circle , 1997
・Richard Long 60 Minute Walk , 1990

☆Site-specific work

Benesse House Museum

These works are on display on the basement floor of Benesse House Museum.

 Benesse House Museum<br>BF

☆Kan Yasuda The Secret of the Sky , 1996
・Jonathan Borofsky Three Chattering Men , 1986
・Yukinori Yanagi The World Flag Ant Farm1990 , 1990
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed , 1980-97
・Jennifer Bartlett Yellow and Black Boats , 1985
・Tom Wesselmann Sunset Nude with Big Plam Tree , 2004
・Louise Nevelson Night Totality , 1974
・Kenjiro Okazaki I have heard their roar but have never heard them speak. Their beard grows and they cry like a baby. They tumble down to earth with their mane standing on end, this error borne of ignorance. They shot an arrow from a distance and left behind the arrowhead, with no knowledge of such, pitiless Ajisukita. The flames had drunk up all the palm by the shore, Kahikone. Their tail that looks like smoke, their limp idleness. Captivated by their divine face covered in golden scales. We leave the countryside, leaving behind these beloved shores, but the future, even if we don’t go looking for it, remains lined up above the furrows in the field with its fine spikes waving. When the flowers bloom, the bees will also hope for the good weather to hold. Just who is it that remains in that beehive thick with honey?
What we see and hear as a guest (even if it is frightening) is novel to the eyes and ears, and because they know nothing, the traveler accepts everything. Coloring the sky, staining the hills, Amenowakahiko. He makes flowers bloom into the past and lays his head to sleep on a stone. Just who exactly are you? The redwing suddenly lost its wingpower and fell like a pebble straight for the grasses by the shore. , 2017
・Andy Warhol Flowers , 1967
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Study for war poster (Beheaded) , 1943
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Study for war poster (Beheading) , 1943
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Study for war poster "Rape" [2] , 1943
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Study for war poster (Bayonets and Baby) , 1943
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Study for war poster (Slain women) , 1943
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Landscape with houses , 1919
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Rotting Away in the Sands , 1940
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Old Graveyard , 1940
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Landscape with tower , 1929
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Deserted Graveyard on the Outskirts of a Village , 1940
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Landscape , 1919
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Junk in the Sands , 1940
・Kenjiro Okazak i Moirai / Carding wool colors , 2018
・Kenjiro Okazaki Grazing common vetch /Boyi and Shuqi , 2018
・Kenjiro Okazaki PELEHONUAMEA /Wet with blood and milk , 2018
・Kenjiro Okazaki Sprinkling coarse ground wheat / Kushinadahime , 2018
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Cambrian Period, 1992
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Tree Nudes Bathing , ca.1916-18
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Eight People in an Interior , ca.1916-18
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi The Pedicure , ca.1916-18
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Nude Woman Bathing a Child , ca.1916-18
・Robert Smithsoni Spiral Jetty , 1986
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Class Picnic [15] , 1938
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Class Picnic [7] , 1938
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Party at the Kuniyoshis' Woodstock House [5] , 1938
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Party at the Kuniyoshis' Woodstock House [14] , 1938
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Party at the Kuniyoshis' Woodstock House [17] , 1938
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Class Picnic [14] , 1938
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Class Picnic [17] , 1938
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Class Picnic [18] , 1938
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Dorothy Varian , ca.1938
・Yasuo Kuniyoshi Class Picnic [11] , 1938
☆Jannis Kounellis Untitled , 1996
・Jannis Kounellis Untitled , 1983
・Bruce Nauman 100 Live and Die , 1984

☆Site-specific work

Benesse House Park

These works are on display at Benesse House Park.
(Some works exclusively for guests at Benesse House)

 Benesse House Park

・Thomas Ruff Substrate 26 II , 2005
・Antony Gormley Sublimate IV , 2004
☆Hiroshi Sugimoto Coffin of Light , 2009
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Pine Trees , 2001
・Hiroshi Sugimoto World Trade Center , 1997
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Church of the Light , 1997
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut , 1998
・Hiroshi Sugimoto St. Benedict Chapel , 2000
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Crystal Pagoda , 2009
☆Hiroshi Sugimoto Concept of Moss , 2009
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Conceptual Form 003 Onduloid: a surface of revolution with constant non-zero mean curvature , 2005
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Cabot Street Cinema, Massachusetts , 1978
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Caribbean Sea, Jamaica , 1980
・Thomas Struth Paradise 35, New Smyrna Beach, Florida , 2007
・Thomas Struth Florence, Audience 8 (Galleria dell'Accademia) , 2004
・Tadao Ando Benesse House Park Drawing
・George Rickey Peristyle V , 1963-95
・Yoshihiro Suda Rose , 2006
☆Teresita Fernández Blind Blue Landscape , 2009
・Michelangelo Pistoletto Affresco-5 (Orange) , 1998
・Michelangelo Pistoletto Affresco-5 (Blue) , 1998

☆Site-specific work

Benesse House Museum
Outdoor Works

These works are on display surrounding areas of Benesse House.

 Benesse House Museum<br>Outdoor Works

・Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin , 1994
・Karel Appel Frog and Cat , 1990
・Niki de Saint Phalle La Conversation , 1991
・Niki de Saint Phalle Camel , 1991
・Niki de Saint Phalle Elephant , 1991
・Niki de Saint Phalle Cat , 1991
・Niki de Saint Phalle Le Banc , 1989
☆Dan Graham Cylinder Bisected by Plane , 1995
・Anthony Caro Final Call , 1988
・George Rickey Three Squares Vertical Diagonal , 1972-82
☆Kazuo Katase Drink a Cup of Tea , 1987-94
☆Walter De Maria Seen/Unseen Known/Unknown , 2000
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed Mirtoan Sea, Sounion , 1990
・Shinro Ohtake Shipyard Works: Cut Bow , 1990
・Shinro Ohtake Shipyard Works: Stern with Hole , 1990
☆Cai Guo-Qiang Cultural Melting Bath: Project for Naoshima , 1998
・Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed Norwegian Sea, Vesteralen Island , 1990
☆Tsuyoshi Ozawa Slag Buddha 88- Eighty-eight Buddha statues created using slag from industrial waste at Teshima , 2006
・Kimiyo Mishima Another Rebirth 2005-N , 2001-05
☆Chiyoko Todaka Sense in the distance , 2016 *During the winter and under windy condition, the artwork will be temporary removed for protection.

☆Site-specific work

ArchitectTadao Ando

Born in Osaka, 1941. Established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in 1969. Architect and Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo. Recipient of many Japanese and international awards, including the Gold Medal of UIA (International Union of Architects, 2005) and the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1995).
Significant Works: Children's Museum (1989, Hyogo), Church of Light (1989, Osaka), Benesse House Museum (1992, Naoshima), Awaji-Yumebutai (2000, Awaji Island), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2002, Texas), Chichu Art Museum (2004, Naoshima).

Restaurant & CafeMuseum Restaurant

This restaurant is located on the ground floor of Benesse House Museum. The large windows allow you to appreciate the view of the Inland Sea and modern art from any seat while you enjoy a meal in this extraordinary space. In addition to a dinner menu focusing on kaiseki cuisine made with fresh Setouchi seafood, breakfast and lunch featuring a wide variety of seasonal ingredients are also available.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 am
Lunch: 11:30 am-2:30 pm (Last order: 2:00 pm)
Dinner: 6:00-7:45 pm or 8:00-9:45 pm
Open year-round
Museum, Basement Floor
32 seats
Breakfast: JPY 2,662
Lunch: JPY 2,240 and up
Dinner: JPY 7,865 and up

・Dinner are by reservation only.
・Children under 6 years old are not permitted at dinner.
・Dinner time is limited due to the two-part system.
・Cancellation of advance orders of menu items incurs a 50% charge on the same day.
・Lunch reservations are only available for parties of 6 or more. We accept reservations for seating from 11:30 or 13:00, with a minimum menu order of ¥3,259.
・Menu items and Prices are subject to change without notice.

Andy Warhol Flowers , 1967
Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed , 1980-97*

*Outdoor works

Restaurant & Cafe Museum Restaurant<br>Issen

Restaurant & CafeMuseum Cafe

This cafe is on the second floor of Benesse House Museum. Natural light pours into the interior through large windows facing to the south and west, allowing you to enjoy a leisurely light meal or beverage while gazing out at the Inland Sea below. There is also a shop which has a selection of books on Benesse House Museum, as well as a selection of art goods that make perfect souvenirs.

10:00 am-5:00 pm (Last order: 4:30 pm)
Open year-round
Museum, Second Floor
30 seats
Menu for Museum Cafe
Shinro Ohtake Shipyard Works: Bow with Hole , 1990*

*Outdoor works

Restaurant & Cafe Museum Cafe

Museum Shop

This shop is on the second floor of Benesse House Museum. In addition to books on Benesse House Museum and Benesse Art Site Naoshima, a selection of art goods that are perfect for souvenirs is available as well. There is also a café where you can enjoy a light meal or beverage while taking in the view of the Inland Sea below.

10:00 am-5:00 pm
Open year-round
Benesse Museum, Second Floor
 Museum Shop


The library on the second floor of Benesse House Museum is a space flooded with the sunlight of Setouchi through the large windows that are a distinctive feature of the architecture. You are free to view drawings by Tadao Ando made during the designing of Benesse House Museum and the Chichu Art Museum, as well as books relating to the artists in our collection. Please also feel free to use it as a place to rest in between enjoying the art.

Shigeo Anzai Artists from Benesse House , 1974-96

ProgramCultural Melting Bath:
Project for Naoshima
Cai Guo-Qiang (1998)

Cultural Melting Bath’s concept is to create a place for people from different background and cultures to mingle. It invites guests to take a dip and relax in the artwork itself, which consists of a hot tub (from the U.S.) and Taihu rocks (from China) arranged according to principles of Feng Shui. It may give people from different culture, nationality and belief a chance to get to know each other as “humans” while soaking in the same bath, infused with Chinese medicine.

※Bathing experience are temporarily suspended at the moment.

Group Visits (10 people and more)

Group visits to the museum must be booked in advance. This enables us to schedule groups throughout the day to avoid overcrowding.

Please provide us the details of your group by inquiry / booking form.


Facilities and Services

For handicapped visitors

Due to characteristics of facility, some places are not accessible for visitors with disabilities and special needs.
We ask for your understanding.
We will support you as much as possible when you visit us, so please contact and discuss directly with our facilities.

(2)About lending wheelchairs, etc.
・Wheelchairs: We have 2 wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis.
・Writing tools: Available.
・Multi-purpose toilets: Available.
・You may enter our facilities with a service dog, a seeing eye dog, and/or a hearing assistance dog.

About admission
  • ・No discounts are offered for groups and holders of Disability Certificates (Physical Disability Certificates, Rehabilitation Certificates, or Mental Disability Certificates) are not granted free entry.
  • ・We accept the following credit cards: AMEX, Diners, JCB, Master Card, NICOS, VISA.

Requests to visitors

When visiting the museum
  • ・Please do not bring large objects (suitcases, umbrellas, tripods, etc.) into the museum.
  • ・Pets may not be taken into the museum.
  • ・Smoking is prohibited on the museum premises.
  • ・The use of cell phones is prohibited on the museum premises.
  • ・Other than in the cafe, visitors may not eat (including candy, gum, boxed lunches, etc.) or drink on the museum premises.
  • ・Visitors may be refused entry if they appear intoxicated or otherwise pose a disturbance to other visitors.
When viewing the artworks
  • ・Please do not touch the walls, the glass, or the artworks themselves.
  • ・Please do not take photographs, videos, or make sketches in the museum. Visitors are also requested not to use fountain pens, ink, etc.
About using drone
  • ・It's strictly prohibited to operate Unmanned Aircrafts (UAs) /Drone in Benesse Art Site Naoshima premises without our prior permission due to safety assurance reasons for the people, architecture and artworks.


Gotanchi, Naoshima, Kagawa 7613110 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3223
Fax. +81-(0)87-892-2259
Individuals / Groups
* For inquiries regarding staying Benesse House, please send from here.