Art House Project

The Art House Project is an art project underway in Naoshima's Honmura district. It began in 1998 with Tatsuo Miyajima's Kadoya, and presently comprises seven houses: Kadoya, Minamidera, Kinza, Go'o Shrine, Ishibashi, Gokaisho, and Haisha.

The Art House Project takes empty houses scattered about residential areas, and turns the spaces themselves into works of art, weaving in the history and memories of the period when the houses were homes. Meetings between visitors to the island and the island's people in places where they go about their daily lives also provide occasions for a variety of interesting encounters.

Shifting its focus from "nature and art" to "people" and conducting its activities in a zone of daily life, the Art House Project continues its growth into a truly organic project that changes day-by-day.

Visitor Information

Closed Mondays
Open on Mondays for national holidays but closed the next day.
Hours 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Visitors are welcome to view and pray at any time at the main and front shrine areas of Go'o Shrine.
Admission Multi - Site Ticket for six art houses, excluding Kinza 1,030 yen
Single - Site Ticket for one art house, excluding Kinza 410 yen
* Free admission for children of 15 and under.
Ticket Sales Benesse House, Honmura Lounge & Archive, Naoshima Tourist Center (in Marine Station Naoshima), Ueda Tobacco Shop, and elsewhere.
Location Honmura, Naoshima, Kagawa 7613110 Japan
Tel +81-(0)87-892-3223 (Benesse House)

Kinza Visitor Information

Days Open Thursday to Sunday and holidays
* Not available on Thursday and Friday from 1st December to the end of February.
Hours 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Admission 510 yen
* This fee is separate from the fees incurred for other art houses.
Viewing Kinza Visitors are requested to enter one at a time and finish viewing Kinza within 15 minutes.
Location Honmura, Naoshima, Kagawa 7613110 Japan
Tel +81-(0)87-892-3223 (Benesse House)
A reservation is required.
Reservations are also accepted by fax, if it is at least two days before the desired date. Fax the following information to the number given below: desired viewing date and time, number of visitors, name of group leader, fax number, and a telephone number where you can be reached on the date of visit. You will receive confirmation by fax in reply to your request. Please bring this confirmation sheet with you on the day reserved.
Fax : +81-(0)87-892-2259
When You Visit
  • Come to the reception desk at the Honmura Lounge & Archive 30 minutes before your reserved viewing time, show your reservation confirmation (email message or fax), and pay for your admission ticket.
  • At Kinza, show your admission ticket to site staff. If you are late for the time of your reservation time, your viewing may be shortened or cancelled.
Reservation Changes and Cancellations
Before the day of viewing
Please contact Benesse House.
E-mail : kinza@mail.benesse.co.jp  or  Tel : +81-(0)87-892-3223

* If you change your reservation, we will send another viewing reservation confirmation sheet. Please bring this with you on the day of the viewing.

On the day of viewing
Please contact Honmura Lounge & Archive.
Tel : +81-(0)87-840-8273

* For cancellations on the day of viewing, please call Honmura Lounge & Archive at least one hour before the time of your viewing reservation.

Visitors with Children
  • The following restrictions apply, to protect the items in Kinza (which are extremely fragile).
  • Visitors may not enter the building with their children. Children must wait in the garden or with guardians outside.
    Note: For children who will view Kinza by themselves, separate reservations and admission fees are required. Children of elementary school age or younger will be accompanied by staff when viewing Kinza.