Chichu Art Museum
Chichu Art Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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  • SFDANR
    San Francisco, California83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small gem on Naoshima
    Small museum, with works by 3 artists. Monet water lilies, similar to those at L'Orangerie in Paris- but done a bit later with changes in technique. Terrific installations by James Turell Ando architecture is interesting Need timed reservation to get in.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 November 2023
  • meg
    Urayasu, Japan16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Comfortable museum
    Beautiful space. The sun, the sky, clouds, the air,,, all of them are components of the art here. Have a break in the cafe inside the museum, the view from there is very nice. If you visit here by bicycle, the parking lot is near the “Ticket Center”, 100m away from the museum. 自然光や空の様子までもがアートとなる空間。ゆっくりと過ごせます。 美術館内のカフェからは瀬戸内海が綺麗に見渡せるのでおすすめ。 美術館の中では写真撮影が禁止されていますが、このカフェでは食事や景色の写真はOKとのこと。 駐輪場は100mほど離れたチケットセンターにあるので、自転車で行かれる方はそちらに駐輪できます。
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 December 2023
  • Guille B
    88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably my favourite museum
    One of the best museums I’ve ever been and truly the highlight of Naoshima. Tadao Ando architecture blends perfectly and intentionally with unique displays. From Impressionism to light displays, this will be a unique experience. They don’t allow pictures inside…
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2024
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helenmiumiu
Hong Kong, China105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The wow factor of this Chichu Art Museum started from its website when you book the ticket in advance. It was also positioned as a must do experience in Naoshima. However, I do think the most appealing part of Chuchu was its architecture by Tadao Ando, which you cannot really see from an aerial view, when visiting the Museum.

As for the artwork, there are only three of them. The James Turrell and Walter de Maria ones are inspiring, nonetheless. Just set your expectations right before going. I still like the Benesse Museum better.
Written 9 March 2020
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TW3
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had checked reviews beforehand which all said to book before going. We booked but once we arrived at Uno Port Ferry Terminal we were told boats were all cancelled until further notice due to strong winds. As we had to travel 3+ hours to get there, we were devastated but did not want to wait around not knowing when the boats would resume. Contacted the museum but they refused to issue a refund. The customer service staff said the ferries resumed 4 hours after we had already left and thus a refund could not be issued as the boats were only delayed!! Unbelievable. Highly disappointed in their customer service as this was out of our control and there is no other way to reach the museum.
Written 8 January 2020
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Didi
Paris, France28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 • Couples
This is a 5 stars architecture museum, to visit more for the Tadao Ando building than the art content. You need to appreciate slowly each space and its design, if not your visit will be done in 20mn, out of which 10 minutes will be spent removing your shoes and putting them back!
It is a shame that there is not much information on display to add value to the visit. Too much minimalism means emptiness...
The view from the café should not be missed.
Written 10 April 2020
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bkendrick3
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
It is best is you reserve your tickets online, as you know in advance your time slot. If you just show up at a given time without reservations you will be given a time to come back. We had reservations. It took about and hour to go through with lunch at the cafe. 15 and under are free. No photographs allowed, but some of the art is an experience, one room in particular made this worth it. Monets are always beautiful and worth the view.
Written 26 March 2021
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan5,144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
直島の小高い山の地下に建設された、一風変わった美術館。入口こそ地上にあるが、展示施設は全て地中に埋められている。しかも(一部を除き)それぞれの展示室は天窓があり、(作品を傷めないように)外からの採光は調節されている一方、(時間経過や天候による)外からの光による作品の見え方の変化を楽しんでもらいたいからか、通路を含め電灯を使用している場所は少ない。しかしこれが、明るいところと暗いところを行き来することで眼に余計な負担を強いる可能性がある。眼の明暗受容の切り替えが難しい人は、作品鑑賞の際は注意してもらいたい。同時に、通路にあるお手洗いの案内のプレート(男性用・女性用等)が暗くて見えづらいと感じるだろう。
そのような注意点を踏まえながら鑑賞すれば、非常に不思議な空間に彷徨ったような感覚を覚えるだろう。単に展示された美術品を鑑賞するだけでなく、空間そのものが異世界のようで、現実感を忘れさせてくれる。いずれのアーティストの作品も、空間と光を巧みに活用し、人間の持つ常識と感覚を大いに惑わさせる。しかし、それが何とも言えぬ心地のよさを味わわせてくれる。
一部の展示室は、履物をぬぐ必要がある。また、入口からミュージアムショップまでの間であれば撮影可能であるがミュージアムショップ以降は撮影禁止である(施設内のレストラン、及びレストランの外のスペースは撮影可)。エレベーターも完備しているため、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方でも気軽に楽しめる(但し一部の展示室には階段や段差があることに注意)。

It's an unusual art museum built underground on a small mountain in Naoshima. Although the entrance is above ground, all exhibition facilities are buried underground. Each of the exhibition rooms (with a few exceptions) has a skylight, and while light from the outside is controlled (so as not to damage the works), there are only a few areas, including the passageways, where electric lights are used. Perhaps to allow visitors to enjoy the changes in the way the works are seen by the outside light (in the change over hour time or weather conditions). However, this may place an unnecessary burden on your eyes by switching back and forth between bright and dark areas. Visitors who have difficulty switching between light and dark areas should use caution when viewing the works. At the same time, visitors may find it difficult to see the restroom information plates (for men, women, etc.) in the aisles because of the darkness.
If you view the exhibition with such precautions in mind, you'll feel as if you have wandered into a very mysterious space. Not only will you appreciate the artworks on display, but the space itself will seem otherworldly, making you forget your sense of reality. All of the artists' works skillfully utilize space and light, and greatly deceive our common sense and senses. However, it also gives us an indescribable sense of comfort.
Some exhibition rooms require visitors to remove their footwear. Photography is allowed between the entrance and the museum store, but not after the museum store (photography is allowed in the restaurant and outside the restaurant). The museum is equipped with an elevator, so visitors with disabilities such as wheelchairs can easily enjoy the museum (note that there are stairs and steps in some of the exhibition rooms).
Written 30 January 2023
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Aung YeMun
Okayama, Japan204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This museum is very good to explore! You need to reserve your tickets and set your schedule. You can enter 30mins earlier than the reserved time. You can park your bicycle near the ticket center and walk to the Chichu art museum. You can also take the bus from this museum to reach Benesse House Museum. It's good to eat lunch inside although there are few choices. One of the best museums in Naoshima.
Written 1 June 2021
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laurensY9972KF
Brisbane Region, Australia10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Having travelled from Australia and keen to show our friends this place, we were extremely disappointed when we missed our appointed session and were not able to change sessions. We were offered another ticket for all of us on a different day but could not return on another day due to prebooked travel plans.
Very inconsistently, we could not change sessions on the day we attended, however the exchange ticket could be used at any time, no booking required.
While we return to Japan twice a year and always bring guests here, our friends are unlikely to return to Japan and have missed out entirely.
We are now reconsidering future trips and seeking recommendations for other places, rather than ever returning to Naoshima, and ChiChu art museum in particular.
Written 30 March 2024
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SFDANR
San Francisco, CA83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Small museum, with works by 3 artists. Monet water lilies, similar to those at L'Orangerie in Paris- but done a bit later with changes in technique.
Terrific installations by James Turell
Ando architecture is interesting
Need timed reservation to get in.
Written 20 November 2023
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meg
Urayasu, Japan16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Beautiful space. The sun, the sky, clouds, the air,,, all of them are components of the art here.
Have a break in the cafe inside the museum, the view from there is very nice.
If you visit here by bicycle, the parking lot is near the “Ticket Center”, 100m away from the museum.

自然光や空の様子までもがアートとなる空間。ゆっくりと過ごせます。
美術館内のカフェからは瀬戸内海が綺麗に見渡せるのでおすすめ。
美術館の中では写真撮影が禁止されていますが、このカフェでは食事や景色の写真はOKとのこと。
駐輪場は100mほど離れたチケットセンターにあるので、自転車で行かれる方はそちらに駐輪できます。
Written 19 December 2023
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Guille B
88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
One of the best museums I’ve ever been and truly the highlight of Naoshima. Tadao Ando architecture blends perfectly and intentionally with unique displays. From Impressionism to light displays, this will be a unique experience.

They don’t allow pictures inside…
Written 14 June 2024
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