Inujima Seirensho Art Museum

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum is a museum that preserves and reuses the remains of a copper refinery on the island. Based on the concept of using the existing to create the yet-to-be, the project brings together architecture by Hiroshi Sambuichi, which makes use of the existing smokestacks and karami bricks from the refinery and uses solar, geothermal, and other natural energies to reduce the burden on the environment, and art by Yukinori Yanagi, which uses Yukio Mishima, who sounded warnings over aspects of Japan's modernization, as a motif. The building also employs a sophisticated water purification system that makes use of the power of plants. The project truly embraces the concept of a recycling-based society as a model for a new type of regional revitalization through industrial heritage, architecture, art, and the environment.

Visitor Information

Closed Tuesdays (March 1 - November 30)
Open on national holidays but closed the next day.
Open on Tuesdays when Monday falls on a national holiday but closed on the next day.
Open only Monday, Friday - Sunday and holidays (December 1 - last day of February)
Please check the Open Day Calendar.
Hours 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Last admittance: 4:00 p.m.)
Ticket center: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission ¥2,060 (free for children 15 and under)

* Admission to Inujima "Art House Project" and Seaside Inujima Gallery included.

* 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
Location 327-4 Inujima, Higashi-ku, Okayama 7048153, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)86-947-1112
Fax. +81-(0)86-947-1115

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

  • Please contact the museum by telephone, fax or email no later than one week prior to your visit.
  • Lunch reservations will be accepted up to five days prior to your visit. Please telephone for more information.

Facilities and Services

For visitors with babies or small children

  • Within the Seirensho there are areas in which the remains of old structures and natural features are left just as they are, making it difficult to wheel a baby carriage. We recommend that you do not attempt to take a baby carriage onto the site.
  • Baby carriages can be left at the Inujima Ticket Center reception desk during your visit.
  • Please note that there is no nursing room in the museum.
  • There is one restroom with a changing table in the Inujima 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 Inujima Seirensho Art Museum

When visiting the museum

  • Parking spaces are limited. Please use public transport if at all possible.
  • Seirensho is located in a former industrial site and there are areas in which the remains of old structures and natural features are left just as they are. Benesse Art Site Naoshima has made every reasonable effort to make Seirensho itself safe, however visitors enter Seirensho at their own risk. We will not bear any responsibility for accidents or injuries occurring in the Seirensho.
  • Children up to 15 years old must be accompanied.
  • Under no circumstances may a visitor enter areas that are fenced off or areas marked "Prohibited". These areas have not been prepared for visitors. It is possible that structures might collapse or cave-ins occur in marked off areas.
  • Please do not bring large objects (suitcases, umbrellas, tripods, etc.) into the museum. These should be placed in coin lockers or left at the Inujima Ticket Center.
  • Pets may not be taken into the museum.
  • Visitors may not enter the Seirensho wearing bathing suits.
  • 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.
  • Please take any garbage away with you.

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.