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      Reviewed 30 December 2012

      I travelled through a few cities in Japan in December of 2010, I had heard about Naoshima and knew I couldn't miss it.
      We arrived on the island late at night with no plans of where to stay. Hopped on a bus which took us to a residential area of the island where we didn't see a soul. We started walking and passed by a shared accommodation hostel type place. It was really expensive so we decided against it.

      40 minutes later, cold and hungry, we came across Tsutsujiso unexpectedly. Luckily, they were still open and had tents available.
      For two of us, we paid around 69,000 for a 4 bed tent which we had to ourselves. Between the hotels we stayed at all over Japan it was probably the least we paid for a night and what an experience!
      The tents were heated and cozy in the winter.
      The next morning, we awoke to find the most beautiful beach and a view of the yellow pumpkin right outside!
      Also we were served a lovely wholesome japanese style breakfast the next morning.

      Definitely a highlight of the Japan trip, I'd recommend it.

      Room Tip: They have trailers, rooms and yurts. Go for the yurts!
      • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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      3  Thank Sze-er
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      Reviewed 22 June 2012

      We were really looking forward to staying here as a contrast to the extraordinary Tadao Ando hotel connected to the Benasse Museum - which is the best place I've ever stayed or expect to stay in my life.
      When we walked into the yurts at Tsutsujiso the smell of mould inside so overwhelming that I literally could not stay there. Mould isn't just unpleasant, it's also dangerous. I felt very woozy in addition to the mould and discovered that pesticides had just been sprayed all around the base of the yurt just before we arrived. There was nowhere else for us to go so we had to sleep on tatami in the huge communal hall, which was very strange and uncomfortable, although I did appreciate the fact that they found somewhere to put us.
      Coud be different now, who knows, but they would have had to completely overhaul the yurts to get rid of the mould.

      Room Tip: No yurts! The little tatami cabins looked better, although we didn't get to see inside. Like staying at a caravan park cabin, but the view was great. If they sprayed the insecticide so liberally around the yurts it's likely to be everywhere, so if you're sensitive steer clear.
      • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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      3  Thank prettyshake
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      Reviewed 21 June 2012

      We spent one night in the expensive and wondeful oval at Bennesse house and our second night went from the top of the hill down to sea level and this inexpensive sweet play house yurt. We got there kind of late and left early but it was a charming place and we loved coming out of the tent to walk a few steps to the Seto Inland Sea. To call it a tent is not quite accurate since there a whole bunch of beds, a floor, and electric lights. The bathroom is a little distance away but it didn't bother us to take a little stroll in the middle of the night. I only wished we could have stayed longer.

      Room Tip: Ask for #1 as it is closest to the water.
      • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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      3  Thank dianoo
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      Reviewed 30 April 2012

      the setting alongside the beach and less than 5 minutes walk from the most famous icon of the island makes it extremely convinient. the huts are fun to stay at, but be prepared to bring with you any supplies you need. the managers actually notify you about his when you amke a reservation.
      its a hut so dont expect showers nor toilets inside the structures. they are located on the sides of the campground. be prepared to use flashlighhts (which they provide) if you need to use the facilities at night.
      still, the place is very fun to stay at!

      Stayed: April 2012
      5  Thank ColoColo
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      Reviewed 18 March 2012

      We stayed in the Mongolian tents. The tents are situated in walking distance from the Benesse House and is beautifully situated right next to the beach. Ask for tent no. 1, which is right next to the beach.

      The tents are rather exotic and fun if you are in for a bit of an adventure. We stayed in the tent in mid March when it was a cold outside, but the heater worked well.

      If you consider staying in one of the tents, please bear in mind that you have to walk to the nearest washroom to collect water, have a a shower (100 yen for 10 min) or go to the toilet. There is a fridge and a water heater in the tent, however bring cups, towels etc. The tents should be considered a camping experience, and you should bring most of the things you will need if you want to cater yourself.

      There are duvets and warm blankets to keep you warm at night. However, only 2 water bottles can be borrowed for free per tent. Even though 4 people can sleep in the tent. Don´t ask me, about the logics of this! (-we did try to borrow one more, without any success).

      The staff speak a little English, but not a lot.

      There is a small restaurant at the site, where you can buy drinks, breakfast and dinner, which is not included in the ticket price. For breakfast you have the choice between Japanese breakfast (rice, miso soup, pickles and fish) or western style (toast, sausages, salad and cold pasta!) We did not have dinner at the restaurant, as it was closed on Friday evening after 1500.

      You can also walk about 15 minutes to the nearest town where you can find a few restaurants.

      We visted Benesse House on the first day and found the architecture very nice, but the art was not as spectacular as expected. There is a complete lack of English information, no audio guide and no English speaking guide available to show you around, which result in a lack of curation for foreign visitors - even visitors with extensive knowledge of art history will most likely walk away disappointed - which we were. If you are a student please bring your international student card to Bennese House, as it will (for a change in Japan) actually give you a discount. If you bring your regular student card (Japanese or international) - it will however not work.

      The Chichu Art Museum and the Art House Project are much higher recommended, if you are short for time, and cannot see all the art projects at the island.

      Room Tip: Tent 1 is closest to the beach and the toilets
      • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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      7  Thank AnneRiechert
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