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Chichu Art Museum [Reservation required]

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4.4 (3241)

3449-1, Naoshima, Kagawa District, Kagawa 761-3110, Japan

Modern art in an underground building, with a garden inspired by Monet's Water Lilies. Book online.

hourglassDuration: 02h00min

phone+81 87-892-3755
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Mondays: Closed

Tuesdays: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wednesdays: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursdays: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Fridays: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sundays: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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P G in the last week

The space/architecture are a big part of the art. No photos inside and timed entry so best to purchase tickets in advance & make sure you have enough time to get there from the ferry via local bus service (2 buses, can be busy & slow). Museum cafe is busy and middling at best but good views.

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Riley Hope a week ago

Maybe one of my favorite trips - Naoshima is an absolute gem on the sea, and the Chichu art museum felt like a dream. There are only a handful of exhibits, but each of them is more beautiful than the next. The museum itself is also a beautiful piece of art, the way that the architect has invited light into each of the galleries is stunning. Can’t recommend the Chichu enough.

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Toraneko a month ago

Taking a picture is not allowed so I’ll post some pictures taken outside. It was amazing museum designed by Ando Tadao. The building is underground but not too dark. I felt Ando deeply considered how the natural light from outside complements both the architecture and the artwork inside. The artworks were overwhelming, they seemed provoke thoughts beyond our usual contemplations. The caffe is nice and it’s okay to take pictures of food you ordered.

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ESB NYC 4 months ago

This is the main event on Naoshima. Stunning architecture and some beautiful artwork is on display, not to mention the breathtaking views of the inland sea. Reservations are essential, book online as early as possible. We saw some disappointed guests turned away. The museum is strict about taking photos inside, it’s a bit much the way they watch you and why really? To sell more books and postcards in the shop? Kinda lame. Everyone sneaks photos anyway except the Monets …they watch you like a hawk. They should rethink that policy, too uptight. Nonetheless I’d allocate a full hour here and just enjoy the incredible atmosphere. Even the lavatories are chic!

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Jacky 5 months ago

You'd have to really love museums to want to travel this far to see this building. Probably a once in a lifetime experience. Usually you go to a museum for the art on the wall, but the building here is the artwork. I was able to exchange for an earlier time slot at the front desk. Photos of the exhibit not allowed. Gift shop selling the pictures of the exhibit. Nice views at the cafe. Food pricey, but you might as well try it since you came all the way here.