The Seto Inland Sea is one of Japan’s best-kept secret and we can certainly see the appeal of its surrounding islands. The calm sea, soft light and silhouette of the Shikoku Mountains, makes for an amazing setting to visit The Art Islands.
Our journey brings you to the World Class Modern Art Museums, as well as Art House Projects, on the 3 main islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima, before heading to the “Olive Island” of Shodoshima, an island of amazing culinary discovery. Many travellors to these islands tend to rush through them, however we do prefer a slower pace to fully discover the best of these islands special experiences.
While staying in Naoshima and Teshima, we navigate the islands by ferry as we visit its many art museum and art installations, while enjoying each of the islands own culinary specialty.
We then move to Shodoshima, the largest of the islands. Shodoshima’s produce is some of the best in the country. For its famed Somen Noodles and Shoyu production, to its rare Olive Beef and Olive Farms, coupled with amazing seafood, it’s an amazing culinary journey.
This journey is easily combined with Shikoku or Kii Peninsula.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Opened at Benesse Art Site Naoshima in 1992, Benesse House is both a museum and a hotel, incorporating guest rooms and space for display of contemporary art. Benesse House offers guests opportunities to get close to great art and spend a uniquely rewarding time in dialogue with the works and with themselves.
Welcomed with a gorgeous Japanese garden, a renovated traditional Japanese inn located near Ieura port where a stonemason used to live in. The house has three spacious private rooms both Japanese style room and Western style rooms. You can also buyout all the three rooms.Feel the life on the while enjoying the traditional scenic view of Setouchi islets.
Mari Ryokan is a small Japanese style island lodge standing in the birthplace of Hishio (watery mash left over from making soy sauce) on Shodoshima Island. There are inside baths in 7 rooms with different taste. We obsess over using seasonal ingredients in making our original Mari soy sauce. There's warmth and pristine in our own hot spring water and hospitality.