Benesse Art Site Naoshima


Chichu Art Museum

Chichu Art Museum was constructed in 2004 as a site rethinking the relationship between nature and people. The museum was built mostly underground to avoid affecting the beautiful natural scenery of the Seto Inland sea. Artworks by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria are on permanent display in this building designed by Tadao Ando. Despite being primarily subterranean, the museum lets in an abundance of natural light that changes the appearance of the artworks and the ambience of the space itself with the passage of time, throughout the day and all along the four seasons of the year.
Taking form as the artists and architect bounced ideas off each other, the museum in its entirety can be seen as a very large site-specific artwork.

Hours & Admission

March 1 - September 30
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 5:00 p.m.)
October 1 - last day of February
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 4:00 p.m.)
*Open on Mondays for national holidays but closed the next day.
Open Days Calendar
*free for children 15 and under
*Please see here for information on the Triennale 3-Season Passport.
Web tickets:
Please see here for the advance purchase of admission tickets by individual visitors (not groups).
*If visiting the museum in a group (10 or more people), Please go to Group Visits.

During Setouchi Triennale seasons, you can check the status of waiting numbers by visiting Triennale Art navi.

Chichu Art Museum

ArtistClaude Monet

Five paintings from the Water Lilies series produced by the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet in his later years can be enjoyed under natural light in the museum. The size of the room, its design and the materials used all were carefully selected to unite the Monet paintings with the surrounding space.

Artist Claude Monet

Claude Monet
Born in Paris, 1840. Died at the age of 86 at his house in Giverny in 1926. Important works: “Impression: Sunrise”, “Haystacks”, and “Rouen Cathedral”. Monet created what he called a“ Water Garden” that included a water lily pond and a surrounding garden in Giverny where he moved in 1883. Monet kept painting this setting as a motif until his last years. On May 17, 1927, l’ Orangerie Museum started to exhibit his “Water Lily” paintings.

Water-Lily Pond
Water-Lilies, Cluster of Grass ,
Water-Lilies ,
Water-Lily Pond ,
Water Lilies, Reflections of Weeping Willows ,

ArtistWalter De Maria

The entire art space, containing a sphere 2.2 meters in diameter and 27 gilded wooden geometric forms, was created under the direction of Walter De Maria as an artwork. Viewers experience this space under the natural light coming in from the ceiling, producing dramatic changes in the room's illumination depending on the hour.

Artist Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria
Born in 1935 in Albany, California. Studied history and obtained a master's degree in art at the University of California, Berkeley from 1953 to 1959. Died in 2013 (at age 77).
Significant Works: The Lightning Field (1977, New Mexico), The New York Earth Room (1977, New York), The Broken Kilometer (1979, New York), Seen/Unseen Known/Unknown (2000, Naoshima).

Time/Timeless/No Time ,

ArtistJames Turrell

Light itself is presented as art in James Turrell's work. The three artworks on display were selected amongst Turrell’s representative series and span his entire career., enabling visitors to experience the changes in his work throughout the years.
Open Sky (2004) is on view during the museum's regular opening hours, but a special sunset viewing, Night Program, is also available. Click here for more information on the Night Program.

Artist James Turrell

James Turrell
Born in 1943 in Los Angeles, California. BA in perceptual psychology and mathematics, Pomona College (1965), followed by graduate studies in art history at the University of California, Irvine (1965-66).
MFA, Claremont Graduate School (1973). Began the Roden Crater project in 1979. Currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Significant Works: Roden Crater (1979 to present, Arizona), Sky Space (1986, P.S. 1, New York), Backside of the Moon (1999, Naoshima), House of Light (2000, Niigata).

Afrum, Pale Blue ,
Open Field ,
Open Sky ,

ArchitectTadao Ando

Using solely concrete - the main material employed in Ando's architecture - steel, glass and wood, the design of the Chichu Art Museum is reduced to the very minimum. Built almost entirely underground, the museum balances the contradictory qualities of being both non-monumental but highly architectural.

Architect Tadao Ando

Tadao 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).

Café, Store&GardenChichu Cafe

The cafe overlooks the picturesque scenery of the Inland Sea, and the open patio affords a taste of the great outdoors. Relaxing in the cafe is a perfect way to end your museum visit.

March 1-September 30
10:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. (Last order: 5:30 p.m.)
October 1-end of February
10:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (Last order: 4:30 p.m.)
The cafe is closed when the museum is closed.
Price :
Menu for Chichu Cafe
+81-(0)87-892-2558 (direct line)
Café, Store&Garden Chichu Cafe

Café, Store&GardenChichu Store

The museum shop attached to the Chichu Art Museum. The Chichu store sells merchandise that bring visitors closer to the museum, including books published by the museum itself, photography collections, and original goods.

March 1-September 30
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
October 1-end of February
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The store is closed when the museum is closed.
+81-(0)87-892-3755 (Chichu Art Museum)
Café, Store&Garden Chichu Store
Becoming JPY5,184(tax included)/photo:left, Chichu Art Museum  JPY1,954(tax included)/photo:center, Chichu Handbook JPY1,028(tax included)/photo:right
Becoming JPY5,184(tax included)/photo:left, Chichu Art Museum JPY1,954(tax included)/photo:center, Chichu Handbook JPY1,028(tax included)/photo:right

“Chichu Handbook” and “Chichu Art Museum” provide detailed commentary on the architecture of Chichu Art Museum and the works collected there. With the addition of “Becoming”, which compiles 10 years of Benesse Art Site Naoshima activities, these three volumes are a must-read for those learning about them for the first time, as well as for those who want to know more.

Madeleine of Monet's recipe JPY1,029(set of 6/tax included)
Madeleine of Monet's recipe JPY1,029(set of 6/tax included)

This madeleine is made according to a recipe by the painter Claude Monet, a lover of gardening and food.

Café, Store&GardenTicket Center Shop

The Ticket Center Shop sells beverages and some Chichu Store merchandise.

March 1-September 30
10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
October 1-end of February
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Café, Store&Garden Ticket Center Shop

Café, Store&GardenChichu Garden

Chichu Garden consists of nearly 200 kinds of flowers and trees similar to those planted at Giverny by Claude Monet, whose work is in the museum collection. Here, visitors can enjoy signs of the seasons throughout the year in flora ranging from the water lilies that Monet painted in his later years to willows, irises, and other plants. The garden affords a tangible experience of the nature Monet sought to capture in his paintings.

Café, Store&Garden Chichu Garden

ProgramPrivate Tours

Private tours can be booked by visitors who wish to deepen their experience of the art on display in the museum. Members of the Chichu Art Museum staff guide visitors personally during these tours, offering valuable insight into the art.

Time Required:
Approx. 1.5 hours
Group Size:
1 group (up to 8 persons)
* We accept tour reservations starting from one person.
Regular admission (per person) +JPY4,100 per group (up to 8 persons)
* More than 8 persons, additional change of JPY510 per person.
Contact us from herewith your requirements (desired visit date and time, name of group leader, number in group, contact information).

Note: Reservations are accepted starting two months before the desired date. Reservations are no longer accepted when maximum capacity is reached.

Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3755
Fax. +81-(0)87-840-8285
Inquiry form

ProgramOpen Sky Night Program
(by reservation only)

James Turrell's Open Sky installation can be viewed at any time during museum open hours , but you can also enjoy the serenity of a special 45-minute sunset viewing (Night Program).

Please read before reserving

  • ・This program consists of a 45 minutes viewing of James Turrell's Open Sky at sunset. The program is viewed seated.
  • ・Please note that you will be exposed to outdoor climatic conditions through the opening in the ceiling.
  • ・Please refrain from leaving in the middle of the program.
  • ・Please note that the rest of the museum is closed during the program. Visitors are requested to view other artworks during regular opening hours, or to visit again on the following day (re-entry is possible with the same admission ticket).
  • For this program, please refrain from joining with underschool-age children (under age 6).
Fridays and Saturdays
* Estimate of Program starting time is the sunset.
Time Required:
Approx. 80 minutes
* Including time for participants to assemble at the ticket center and go to and from the installation.
Group Size:
35 persons
* Reservations are no longer accepted when maximum capacity is reached.
JPY2,060 regular admission (per person) + JPY510 Night Program admission
* Museum admission is free for children 15 and under, but Night Program admission is not.
* Please refrain from joining with underschool-age children (under age 6).
Night Program reservations are available at the following page.
Reservation webpage for Open Sky Night Program

* Reservations are accepted starting 3 months before the desired date.
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3755 (Chichu Art Museum)

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. A group of up to 15 is admitted in every 15 minutes.

Please provide us the details of your group as listed below by inquiry form.
Date, Time, Group name, The number of participants, Representative, Contact number, Accommodation, Transport to the museum
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3755
Fax. +81-(0)87-840-8285
Inquiry form


Facilities and Services

For visitors with babies or small children
  • ・We request that visitors do not bring baby carriages into the museum. Baby carriages can be left at the Chichu Art Museum Ticket Center or the museum reception desk. Baby slings can also be borrowed at the reception desk.
  • ・Please note that there is no nursing room in the museum.
  • ・There is one restroom with a changing table in the museum and one in the Ticket Center.
  • ・Handicapped visitors and visitors using wheelchairs or canes should contact the museum before their visit. We will offer advice individually.
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
  • ・Some of the spaces in the museum require you to remove your shoes. To make your visit more relaxing, we recommend for your visit that you wear shoes that are easy to take off and put on again.
  • ・Please do not bring large objects (suitcases, umbrellas, tripods, etc.) into the museum. These should be placed in coin lockers or left at the Ticket Center.
  • ・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.
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.

For visitors intending to visit the museum during the most crowded period (March to November)

  • ・In order to ensure a comfortable viewing experience for everyone, there may be times when we restrict the number of visitors entering the museum.
  • ・During peak times we will distribute waiting numbers to visitors at the Chichu Art Museum Ticket Center.
About the waiting numbers
  • ・The time at which you will be able to purchase a museum entrance ticket is printed on the waiting number.
  • ・Each visitor must have a waiting number. Please take one waiting number each person in your group, including small children.
  • ・Please come to the Chichu Art Museum Ticket Center at the time marked on the waiting number you are given. At this time, you will be able to purchase an entrance ticket and enter the museum.
  • ・The waiting numbers become invalid 30 minutes from the time marked on them. Visitors holding waiting numbers are able to visit other museums on the island until the time marked on their ticket.
  • ・Waiting numbers are only distributed on the day of the visit. They cannot be issued or distributed in advance.


3449-1 Naoshima, Kagawa 7613110 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3755
Fax. +81-(0)87-840-8285
Inquiry form