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.