Naoshima is an Art Island in the Seto Inland Sea. It can be reached from Takamatsu Port. Crossings take about 30 minutes on a high-speed boat or an hour on a ferry. Communities on Naoshima island grew around three main ports: the ferry port of Miyanoura, Honmura with its old castle town atmosphere, and the fishing harbor of Tsumu-ura. The island thrived as a center for hamachi fishing and cultivation of seaweed.
Naoshima is remarkable for its old fashioned streets which give a sense of its history as a bustling maritime trade center and now, as a haven for contemporary art. An unmissable location.
Konpira Grand Theater
The oldest kabuki theater in Japan, also known as Kanamaru-za. You can feel the centuries of history and get a sense of the labor intensive that was involved in putting on a show here.
A Shinto Shrine Gate in the Sky
The torii shrine gateway at Takaya Shrine has become a super Instagrammable spot in recent years and has been featured in Japanese TV programs too.
Keen photographers love capturing beautiful views of the landscape below through the iconic gateway.
The workshop at Tai Mingei keeps up the traditional methods of making these intriguing creations. These papier mâché tigers have been a symbol of this region of Japan since the 19th Century.
Zenigata - A Giant Sand Coin
The Zenigata Sand Art is shaped like an old copper coin which was once ubiquitous in Japan. The characters read Kanei Tsuho. Tsuho means currency and Kanei was an imperial era in the 17th Century. Coins like these were introduced by the Tokugawa Shogunate and were in circulation for many hundreds of years.
The zenigata is not made from copper, however. It is created using sand!
Japan’s answer to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, this coastline is one of the most Instagrammable stretches of coast (weather permitting).
The coast acts like a kind of mirror during sunsets and many photographers try to capture its reflection and make artistic shots.