Updated: March 12, 2017
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5 Art Islands You Should Visit In Japan

Art aficionados, rejoice! Japan has lots of beautiful islands for you to indulge your artistic side. Combining stunning nature with awesome artworks, these 5 islands in Kagawa are a must-go!

#1 Naoshima

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Naoshima, which is a short ferry ride away from Kagawa Prefecture, is famed for the iconic red polka-dotted pumpkin created by Yayoi Kusama. Other ingenious artistic endeavors await the visitor. The Benesse House Museum features psychedelic outside sculptures that enable you to relive your childhood while the Art House Project transforms rundown wooden houses into atmospheric venues for funky installations!

#2 Inujima

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Inujima (Dog Island) is known as such because of a huge rock that is shaped like a sitting dog. It used to house a dynamic copper refinery. However, due to the sharp fall in copper prices, this refinery was abandoned. Thankfully, it is now given a second lease of life as it has been transformed into the tasteful Inujima Seirensho Art Museum. Be impressed by how bricks and granite from the refinery have been upcycled to yield intriguing art works!

#3 Teshima

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Teshima boasts an art museum that will defy your conventional image of a museum. Unlike walls and pillars, Teshima Art Museum is comprised of a huge concrete shell with two oval openings that let wind, sounds and light in. What's more, water keeps on trickling out from the ground throughout the day. Sit down, be at peace with nature and let your stresses melt away!

#4 Megijima

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Megijima stands out from other art islands for two reasons. Firstly, it has a Moai statue that is a replica of the real statues. Fancy that! Apparently, a crane company in Kagawa was commissioned to restore the Moai statues on Easter Island. Thus, they got this Moai statue replica made so that they could test out their crane.

Secondly, if you go to Megijima's now-defunct elementary school, you will be able to see MECON, an interesting art installation made up of bent roots, green plants and metallic objects. "Me" and "con" are derived from Mejima and the Japanese word for root respectively, so the artist wanted to express his hopes that Megijima residents will stay rooted to the island.

#5 Ogijima

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The last island on this list, Ogijima, is sure to appeal to language buffs and word fanatics. Why so? Well, once you step onto Ogijima, you will come across the Visitor's Welcoming Centre. It offers a stunning sight, with its metallic lace roof that contains disparate, yet seemingly connected letters, ideograms and characters from many languages all over the world!
Having read thus far, your artistic soul must have been stirred. Visit these islands and get up close and personal with a myriad range of art works, ranging from run-down buildings that have been revitalised to futuristic urban architecture!
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