Chichu Art Museum

Chichu Art Museum was constructed in 2004 as a site rethinking the relationship between nature and people. Artworks by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria are on permanent display in a building designed by Tadao Ando. Taking form as artists and architect bounced ideas off each other, the building in its entirety can be called a massive site-specific art work.

To ensure that the museum does not affect the beautiful scenery of Naoshima, the majority of the building is located underground. Despite its positioning, it receives an abundance of natural light, changing the appearance of the artworks and the ambience of the space itself with the passage of the days and the seasons.

Visitor Information

Closed Mondays
Open on Mondays for national holidays but closed the next day.
Hours 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Last admittance: 5:00 p.m.) March 1 - September 30
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Last admittance: 4:00 p.m.) October 1 - last day of February
Admission ¥2,060 (free for children 15 and under)  Web ticket purchases

* No discounts are offered for groups and holders of Disability Certificates (Physical Disability Certificates, Rehabilitation Certificates, or Mental Disability Certificates) are not granted free entry.

* We accept the following credit cards: AMEX, Diners, JCB, Master Card, NICOS, VISA

Types of Tickets Regular tickets: Valid for admission on the day of purchase
Annual membership ¥10,300 Valid for one year of free admission.
Location 3449-1 Naoshima, Kagawa 7613110 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-3755
Fax. +81-(0)87-840-8285  

If visiting the museum in a group (10 or more people)

Facilities and Services

For visitors with babies or small children

  • We request that visitors do not bring baby carriages into the museum. Baby carriages can be left at the Chichu Art Museum Ticket Center or the museum reception desk. Baby slings can also be borrowed at the reception desk.
  • Please note that there is no nursing room in the museum.
  • There is one restroom with a changing table in the museum and one in the Ticket Center.

For physically challenged visitors

  • Handicapped visitors and visitors using wheelchairs or canes should contact the museum before their visit. We will offer advice individually.

Requests to visitors from the Chichu Art Museum

When visiting the museum

  • Some of the spaces in the museum require you to remove your shoes. To make your visit more relaxing, we recommend for your visit that you wear shoes that are easy to take off and put on again.
  • Please do not bring large objects (suitcases, umbrellas, tripods, etc.) into the museum. These should be placed in coin lockers or left at the Ticket Center.
  • Pets may not be taken into the museum.
  • Smoking is prohibited on the museum premises.
  • The use of cell phones is prohibited on the museum premises.
    Other than in the cafe, visitors may not eat (including candy, gum, boxed lunches, etc.) or drink on the museum premises.

When viewing the artworks

  • Please do not touch the walls, the glass, or the artworks themselves.
  • Please do not take photographs, videos, or make sketches in the museum. Visitors are also requested not to use fountain pens, ink, etc.

For visitors intending to visit the museum during the most crowded period (March to November)

  • In order to ensure a comfortable viewing experience for everyone, there may be times when we restrict the number of visitors entering the museum.
  • During peak times we will distribute waiting numbers to visitors at the Chichu Art Museum Ticket Center.

About the waiting numbers

  • The time at which you will be able to purchase a museum entrance ticket is printed on the waiting number.
  • Each visitor must have a waiting number. Please take one waiting number each person in your group, including small children.
  • Please come to the Chichu Art Museum Ticket Center at the time marked on the waiting number you are given. At this time, you will be able to purchase an entrance ticket and enter the museum.
  • The waiting numbers become invalid 30 minutes from the time marked on them. Visitors holding waiting numbers are able to visit other museums on the island until the time marked on their ticket.
  • Waiting numbers are only distributed on the day of the visit. They cannot be issued or distributed in advance.