Benesse House is a contemporary art museum and luxury hotel rolled into one – what’s not to love? Not only a key attraction of Japan’s favourite ‘art island’, this art-site-come-museum has the best rooms in town; each housing its own unique work by a renowned Japanese or international artist. Of course, the building itself is a modern architectural delight, fusing contemporary art and architecture to resonate harmoniously with the unspoiled natural beauty of the island. Within this philosophy each wing has its own distinct character, whether you stay in ‘The Oval’, ‘The Park’, or ‘The Beach’, you’ll have a magnificent view of the Seto Inland Sea, and can enjoy that extra touch of exclusivity with 24 hour access to the museum and its works.
This is truly a gem of a property and a tranquil place to enjoy some culture before or after a visit to one of Japan’s frenetic cities, complete with that ‘only-in-Japan’ feeling!