Takamatsu, Japan

Admire modern artworks and architecture of Naoshima

For art fans of every calibre to Japan, an exploration around Naoshima island is absolutely a must-visit adventure on any bucket list. Situated in the Seto Inland Sea, this Japanese island not only offers a laid back, rural feel with sandy beaches and sunny weather, but also being considered a unique and unassuming art mecca with out of this world masterpieces, making for a relaxing getaway from urban life. The art and architecture of Naoshima tends toward the modern, and you might see its iconic picture of a glowing larger-than-life pumpkin somewhere on travel magazines when it comes to top travel destinations in western Japan. This famous piece installed on the pier overlooking the ocean is one of the outdoor sculptures by the Japanese contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama. If you’re after a one-of-a-kind art experience in Naoshima, I Love Yu is your place to be. This public bath house is designed by Japanese artist Otake Shinro with incredible decorations from recycled objects and ceramics in every inch of the site. Lastly, spend your time on the island’s three art museums all designed by Ando Tadao, Japan’s most famous architect who created Naoshima today. Ando Museum is the best place to admire his signature, plain concrete works displayed inside a regular traditional wooden house.

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Western Wonders of Japan

Tokyo → Kiso valley → Kyoto → Iya valley → Takamatsu → Hiroshima → Takachiho → Kagoshima → Yakushima
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Walk along cobblestone streets and admire the historic sekisho, or barrier station of Kiso-Fukushima, the largest post town in Kiso valley

Experience the most popular section of Nakasendo ancient trail and explore the well-preserved post towns of Tsumago and Magome

Hop on a fun biking tour around Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital, and its famed attractions

Explore the hidden gems of Iya Valley, including pristine mountain scenery, ancient vine bridges and historical farm houses

Spend a day relaxing in the pleasant atmosphere of Ritsurin Park and seeing Edo-era heritage buildings in Shikoku Village

Get an exclusive in-depth access to the unique Naoshima island with visits to its museums and artworks scattered throughout the town

Learn part of Japan’s history while visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum

Admire the impressive vermillion gate of Itsukushima Shrine and the sacred Misen Mount on Miyajima Island

Contemplate the spectacular views of Mount Aso from the vantage point of Mount Daikanbo

Enjoy watching Takachiho Kagura Dance, a nightly ceremonial dance performance at Takachiho Shrine

See a close up view of the famous Takachiho Gorge and the 1200 year-old Takachiho Shrine

Take part in a 3-day journey of hiking and exploring the ancient forest trail of Yakushima Island

Discover the volcanic island of Sakurajima and enjoy relaxing time in Nagisa Park Foot Bath

Tokyo → Kiso valley → Kyoto → Iya valley → Takamatsu → Hiroshima → Takachiho → Kagoshima → Yakushima

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