Practical information about Naoshima 直島の情報

After seeing all artworks in Teshima as I wrote in the previous post, we took a ferry to go to Naoshima in the early evening. It was only about 20 minutes journey. There are two ports in the island, Miyanoura and Honmura. We arrived Miyanoura, which seemed a main port of the island. The timetable of the ferry can be found here.

The owner of the B&B we were staying kindly picked us up from the port as the B&B is near the other port. If you were not staying near the port, I’d recommend arranging a pick up service. There are more bus services available in Naoshima than Teshima, but they don’t come very frequently. There’s only one taxi in the island again! Again the best way to get around the island is to hire bicycles. Like Teshima, Naoshima is hilly so if possible, try to get the electric ones as it’s quite hilly. With a bike, you will be able to see some wonderful landscapes as in the following pictures.

Food wise, there are a lot more options in Naoshima than in Teshima. In the two main areas, Miyanoura and Honmura, there are many cafes in retro style Japanese buildings. For example, you can have a set of meal for a reasonable price at Setono Ouchi in Honmura. A very old Japanese house has been renovated for this cafe. I felt as if I was in my grandma’s house in this place.

The other place we liked is called Cinnamon and it’s Miyanoura. As their specialties are curries and they did have a wide range of curry menu. We both tried different curries and they were very good! Don’t forget to try Shima beer, the local beer, too. This cafe is also a bar at night apparently and they run a guest house too. We initially wanted to stay there, but unfortunately they were fully booked for the dates we were thinking.

So we stayed is Takenoya in Honmura. It’s run by a lovely and kind man. The room is simple, but was well-equipped. I managed to enjoy a bath even. He cooked wonderful Japanese style breakfast for us and we enjoyed talking with him. If you’d like to stay in a cozy and clean B&B in a convenient location at a reasonable price, I highly recommend this place.

If we were to go back to Naoshima, I’d love us to stay at Benesse House. Apparently a museum and a hotel are gathered in one property. Each room has artwork by prestigious artists. Don’t you think having one of your favourite works to yourself is amazing? I’d love to stay in a room that has Lee Ufan’s work one day… In the next article, I’ll write about art in Naoshima.

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