Inujima Seirensho Art Museum
Breathing new life into the ruins of a former copper refinery, Inujima Seirensho Art Museum was built around the idea of "using what exists to create what is to be". Exhibited here are works created by Yukinori Yanagi who used Yukio Mishima as a motif, a vocal critique of Japan's modernization, together with the remodeled architecture designed by Hiroshi Sambuichi. By using the existing smokestacks and karami bricks from the refinery as well as solar, geothermal, and other natural energies, the architectural design minimizes the construction's environmental impact. The building also employs a sophisticated water purification system that makes use of the power of plants. The project truly embraces the concept of a recycling-based society through its focus on industrial heritage, architecture, art, and the environment.
Hours ＆ Admission
- 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Last admittance: 4:00 p.m.)
Ticket center: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- Tuesdays to Thursdays (March 1 - November 30)
*Open on national holidays but closed the next day.
*Open on Tuesdays when Monday falls on a national holiday but closed on the next day.
All days closed (December 1 - last day of February)
Open Days Calendar
*Admission to Inujima "Art House Project" and Inujima Life Garden included.
*free for children 15 and under
*If visiting the museum in a group (10 or more people), Please go to Group Visits.
Facilities and Services
For visitors with babies or small children
- ・Within the Seirensho there are areas in which the remains of old structures and natural features are left just as they are, making it difficult to wheel a baby carriage. We recommend that you do not attempt to take a baby carriage onto the site.
- ・Baby carriages can be left at the Inujima Ticket Center reception desk during your visit.
- ・Please note that there is no nursing room in the museum.
- ・There is one restroom with a changing table in the Inujima Ticket Center.
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 at Inujima Ticket Center.
・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.
- ・Admission to Inujima "Art House Project" and Inujima Life Garden included.
- ・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
- ・Parking spaces are limited. Please use public transport if at all possible.
- ・Seirensho is located in a former industrial site and there are areas in which the remains of old structures and natural features are left just as they are. Benesse Art Site Naoshima has made every reasonable effort to make Seirensho itself safe, however visitors enter Seirensho at their own risk. We will not bear any responsibility for accidents or injuries occurring in the Seirensho.
- ・Children up to 15 years old must be accompanied.
- ・Under no circumstances may a visitor enter areas that are fenced off or areas marked "Prohibited". These areas have not been prepared for visitors. It is possible that structures might collapse or cave-ins occur in marked off areas.
- ・Please do not bring large objects (suitcases, umbrellas, tripods, etc.) into the museum. These should be placed in coin lockers or left at the Inujima Ticket Center.
- ・Pets may not be taken into the museum.
- ・Visitors may not enter the Seirensho wearing bathing suits.
- ・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.
- ・Please take any garbage away with you.
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.
327-4 Inujima, Higashi-ku, Okayama 7048153, Japan