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Naoshima Bath "I♥︎湯"

This is an art facility created by artist Shinro Ohtake where visitors are actually able to take a bath. "I♥︎湯" was created to provide both a place for Naoshima residents to rejuvenate and as a venue for exchanges between Japanese and international visitors and locals to take place. The exterior and fittings of the bathhouse, from the bath itself to the pictures decorating the walls, the mosaics, and even the toilet fittings, all reflect the universe of the artist.
The bathhouse is operated by the Town-Naoshima Tourism Association.
Come visit and soak in the tub, and experience art with your entire body.

Hours & Admission

Hours:
Weekdays: 2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 8:30 p.m.)
Weekend/Holidays: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 8:30 p.m.)
Closed:
Mondays
*Open on Mondays for national holidays but closed the next day.
*Closed temporarily for maintenance, as needed.
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Admission:
JPY510
*15 and under: JPY210(free for children 2 and under)
*Naoshima residents: JPY310
Naoshima Bath

ArtistShinro Ohtake

Ohtake’s scrapbook methodologies are applied across three-dimensions from the exterior to the interior spaces, including the bathtubs, wall murals, mosaic, and the ceramics of restrooms.

Artist Shinro Ohtake

Shinro Ohtake
Born in Tokyo in 1955. Began showing his work inside and outside Japan since the early 1980s. Participated in the 8th Gwangju Biennale (South Korea, 2010), dOCUMENTA 13 (Germany, 2012), and in the 55th Venice Biennale (Italy, 2013). Major works at Benesse Art Site Naoshima include Shipyard Works (Naoshima, 1994), Art House Project "Haisha"(Dreaming Tongue / Bokkon-Nozoki) (Naoshima, 2006) and Naoshima Bath "I♥湯" (Naohshima, 2009). Also took part in Setouchi Triennale 2013 with his work MECON (Megijima).

Naoshima Bath "I♥︎︎湯"
2009

ShopNaoshima Bath "I♥︎湯"
Bandai

Original Naoshima Bath I♥︎湯 products are available for purchase at the Bandai (front counter). Our varied product line-up includes bath sets containing everything you need for bathing, T-shirts and fans for after your bath, colorful towels, and other bath-related items.

Hours:
Weekdays: 2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Weekend/Holidays: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Closed:
Bandai is closed when the facility in closed.
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Sento towel JPY310(tax included)
Sento towel JPY310(tax included)

This towel features the Naoshima Bath "I♥︎湯" logo by Shinro Otake. A very useful item, whether you use it on the spot or as a souvenir.

Rainbow T-shirt JPY4,630(tax included)
Rainbow T-shirt JPY4,630(tax included)

Original design by Shinro Otake. This T-shirt is recommended for the Naoshima Bath "I♥︎湯", clearly presenting Otake’s outlook on the world on a colorful tie-dye base.

Information

Requests to visitors

When visiting the bathhouse
  • ・Please use the municipal pay parking area (3 minutes from the bathhouse) to park your car.
  • ・The bathhouse is in a residential area. Visitors are requested not to make noise when leaving and not to enter the yards of private residences.
  • ・The bathhouse becomes crowded after the arrival and before the departure of the regular ferry. Please allow yourself enough time to enjoy your visit.
When using the baths
  • ・Please refrain from taking a bath if you fall under any of the following provisions.
    A person who has infectious diseases that may infect from person to person through the bathing.
    A person who has diarrhea
    A person who has been drinking too much.
    A member of organized crime groups.
  • ・Smoking and taking photos inside the building are prohibited.
  • ・Bathing suits may not be worn in the baths.
  • ・Please remove your clothes before entering the bathrooms (lockers are provided).
  • ・Please wash your body with soap before entering a tub.
  • ・Towels cannot be borrowed from the bathhouse, and no soap or shampoo is provided. Visitors may bring their own, or purchase what they need at the attendant's desk.
  • ・Please do not soak towels in a bath. Please do not wash your hair and body in the bathtub.

Contact

2252-2 Naoshima, Kagawa 7613110 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-2626 (Town Naoshima Association 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
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