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Hotel Benesse House

Hotel Benesse House, Naoshima

At a Glance


  • unique access to art within and around the hotel
  • peaceful surroundings
  • stunning views
  • hotel guests have access to a free shuttle bus that travels to most sights on the island


  • restaurants are expensive
  • not convenient to other island dining options

Hotel Benesse House Review

It's hard to say what part of a stay at the Hotel Benesse House is the most memorable: the gorgeous views of the Seto Inland Sea, special access to artwork at the Benesse Museum, or the Tadao Ando architecture and the luxurious yet minimalist décor of the hotel rooms. There are four buildings with guestrooms, each with a different theme and location: Park, Beach, Museum (in the Benesse House Museum), and Oval, which is an artwork in itself, farther up the hill and accessed by walkways or a monorail. Stunning views–of both nature and art–abound. There are several restaurants on the property as well, including a Japanese restaurant, a French restaurant, and a café. Staff are friendly and capable but deliberately keep their distance—a change from the ever-attentive service in other upscale Japanese hotels. Meal plans are available and breakfast is fine.

    Hotel Details

  • 65 rooms.
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 07-19-2013

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