World Reviewer rating

Not yet rated

Benesse House

Listed under Unusual Places to Stay in Okayama, Japan.

Photo of Benesse House
Photo by flickr user tsukasa.tanemura
Pin It

Built on an island, the fist thing that you see of Benesse House is a massive pumpkin crouching bewilderedly on the end of the pier. This is the first piece of art of many to follow, in fact a stay at Benesse House is really a stay at an art museum, but it’s also a boutique hotel. The owner has carefully selected works by a dozen or so international artists and rising Japanese art stars and displayed them around the grounds and house in a way that invites you to touch and mull over. In fact if you find you’re thinking about a piece of art in the dead of night you’re welcome to have a look at it then as well, the important thing for the owner is that you have time to ‘listen to them speak to you’.

The buildings of the hotel are in the same architectural family as the lair of a Bond villan, all hard edges tapering into the natural surroundings, with lots of glass and stone slabs. The main building is part burrowed into the cliffs, yet is still open to the sky allowing floods of natural light to illuminate the paintings.

Not a museum in a hotel or quite a hotel in a museum, the art flows into each room, as if it’s an art lovers tastefully decorated house.

By the time you arrive on the island you’ll be calling it a pilgrimage, Naoshima isn’t exactly local to the nearest airport in Osaka.

Benesse House Website.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Gamirasu Cave Hotel

    The Jam went underground to hear the brass bands play and feet start to pound, but at the Gamirasu Cave Hotel going underground…

  • Secrets on the Lake Tree Houses

    Rather than traditional tree-houses, these hotels looking across Lake Baroon in Queensland are more like four star luxury pads …

  • Diving and sleeping at Jules' Undersea Lodge

    Imagine having a bedroom window that glows deep green with light filtered through a mangrove lagoon, and stepping out of the ma…

Nearby Experiences

  • Ritsurin Park (Takamatsu)

    'Dating from the 17th century, this former private retreat of the ruling Matsudaira clan is an exquisite strolling garden that …

  • Great Seto Bridge

    A series of double-decker bridges spans a group of small islands for 13 km to connect Honshu with Shikoku across the Inland Sea…

  • Himeji Castle

    Initially built as a fortress by the Harima district ruler in 1333, Himeji Castle has been repeatedly expanded throughout the c…

Related links

Contribute to this page