Art museum built on a hill on Nao Island
Chichu Art Museum is situated on the opposite side of Benesse House in the southern part of Nao Island in the Seto Inland Sea. The name Chichu Art Museum may sound funny because chichu means underground. You will understand the naming if you look at the building. True to the name, the museum is buried underground. Designed by Tadao Ando, the museum allows natural sunlight to come in through ceiling windows while the portions visible from the outside is minimized to maintain the view of the landscape. The museum only shows works by three artists: Claude Monet, Walter De Maria, and James Turrell. Their artwork is displayed to blend with nature so that visitors can feel a sense of unity.
A leisure walk through the museum
The ticket center is the first building visitors encounter. Visitors then walk through Chichu Garden filled with plants that Monet loved along the 70-meter-long approach to the museum building. Visitors can experience the beauty of nature expressed by the painter who loved Japan.
- Chichu Art Museum
- 3449-1 Naoshima, Kagawa District, Kagawa