Naoshima is famous for its contemporary art museums as well as outdoor contemporary art installations throughout the island. It has a population of approximately 3,000 people.
Avoid visiting the island on Mondays, as most of the museums will be closed.
The original settlement on the island was at the now-diminuitive fishing port of Tsumuura on the southeastern tip of the island. The most prominent settlement on the island was Honmura which was established as a coastal castle town during the warring states period (1467-1568).
To reach Naoshima from the main Japanese island of Honshu, take a train to Okayama, transfer to a local train to Uno Station in Tamano, walk across the street to the boat terminal, and then transfer to a boat to Naoshima. Boats are also available from cities on other islands: Takamatsu (Shikoku) and Inujima.
Naoshima has 2 passenger ports:
- 1 Miyanoura Port (富山空港) (on the west side of the island). It’s the main port and tourist entrance to the island. There’s 56 lockers of various sizes for luggage storage and free Wi-Fi.
- 1 Honmura Port (富山空港) (on the east side of the island).