First, Tsutsujiso is well placed, right on the beach and a short walk to Benesse house. The yurts look a bit shabby from the outside but they are very nice inside. I would say, though that we arrived on a hot day and they were all closed up and extremely hot on the inside. so if they opened the windows when they know that guests will be arriving that would make the experience so much more pleasant. Although you can eat at the restaurant on site, I wouldn't recommend it. This does pose a problem though because there is nowhere else close - you have to walk 15-20 minutes to get to a restaurant and many of them close early. There are few buses and the last one is about 9pm from memory so we had to take a taxi to return at one point.
You have to pay to use the shower and no towels are provided so all in all it's much more like a camping experience. and it's not that cheap. However, there is no cheap accommodation on Naoshima and after a lot of research I found this to be the best value around.
The grounds were pretty untidy when we were there - it needed a mow very badly and weeds were growing over the path. All-in-all a little bit unloved but none-the-less a good option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tsutsuji-so is an unique acommodation with mongolian tent rooms, Trailer house rooms, Japanese style rooms. We are the closest accomodation to the sea in Naoshima. Exept for Japanese rooms we do not have ensuit washrooms and bathrooms, but we are sure that you will feel something special being close to the nature. Yor senses to appreciate artworks might be sharpen up as well. ... more less
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