Pristine beaches (Photo: Bonson Lam)

A Morning Walk in Naoshima

Wake up to the beauty of Setouchi

Bonson Lam   - 1 min read

Naoshima does not look like typical Japan. There are no geishas, maid cafes or castles. Yet there is a sense of place. There are elements that are universal, from the sun bathed white beaches and the untouched forests and wooded peninsulas that touch the water’s edge. There outdoor art installations invite you to come closer, daring you to walk amongst them and prompting you to reflect on the notions of self and reality. On the other hand the gracious hospitality and punctuality remind you that you are in Japan, making it an effortless pleasure to be here. If you are staying at Benesse House, the Issen Restaurant provides good western or Japanese options, with the beautiful Naoshima landscape in the background.

Getting there

Naoshima is a leisurely 3 to 4 hour ride from Osaka, using the train to Uno, then a ferry and bus. Ferry timetables are infrequent, but there are a number of services during daylight hours. Slow down to the pace of island life. The Japan Rail Pass is a good option from Osaka or Tokyo

Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric laneways of Kyoto last century.  I am humbled to have met many distinguished people during this time, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperia...