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Benesse House Museum

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Address: Godanji, Kagawa-gun, Naoshima-cho 761-3110, Kagawa Prefecture
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+81 87-892-3223

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A stunning museum in a very remote location

First and foremost, I'll say I think the Benesse House Museum is a worthwhile trip. It is, however, a trip: several hours' train ride from Tokyo or Kyoto, plus a 20-minute ferry... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 December 2016
San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

First and foremost, I'll say I think the Benesse House Museum is a worthwhile trip. It is, however, a trip: several hours' train ride from Tokyo or Kyoto, plus a 20-minute ferry ride, plus a few minutes' bus ride from the island port. Once you're there, you'll no doubt need lodging: there are a few small, very modest guest houses... More 

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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

A lot more to see than the Chichu Museum, if you didn't feel your Chichu ticket was worth the money (though I guess the art is quite different). Some are quite interesting. Some of the glass doors are openable - didn't know until I asked how I can get out to see the art... I liked the cafe (the one... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

did some research to visit this place. It's so amazing to explore this museum and appreciate the art works displayed. Take advantage of the Benesse House Free Shuttle Bus to roam around the art site. Better to take note of the train schedule to Uno and the ferry going to the island.

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Grand buildings complex. Interesting exhibition indoor and outdoor. Fairly small collection. Most of outdoor pieces were covered...

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Not all the art was my cup of tea, but the architecture is gorgeous and worth a visit on its own. Make sure not to miss the oval room!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Great museum with impressive and eclectic art and architecture. leave a good hour plus.to appreciate it all. Also make sure you spend time with the "Chattering men"

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

This museum is in another gorgeous Tadeo Ando building and is as much about the architecture as it is about the exhibits. It takes only an hour to visit. Finish up with a drink in the rooftop cafe for lovely views, especially at sunset.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful setting. Interesting and quirky art works. Loved the variety. Some really made you think. Great building too.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The building itself is designed by the famous architect, Ando and provides very serene settings. At first it was very hard to figure out where we were supposed to go, but that was a part of the deal. You are supposed to wonder around. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed this visit very much. We had lunch at... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The art works are interesting if you like modern art and the building itself holds some surprises too. It is quite surreal to find an art gallery in such a quiet setting. The shop and café were very packed when I went on a Sunday, and they could do with a more efficient and quicker way of serving customers.

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