Teshima Art Museum

Where art intersects the grandeur of nature. A mysterious, one-of-a-kind museum to stir the senses.

Art Museum

Perched on a little hill in Karato, Teshima that overlooks the Seto Inland Sea sits an art museum made by Rei Naito (artist) and Ryue Nishizawa (architect). At 40x60m wide and 4.3m high, this smooth, concrete shell is made without a single column and emulates a single droplet of water after its first hit the ground.

The two ovel openings on its ceiling welcome a direct stream of breeze, sound, and light from the surroundings outside. The floor is fitted with multiple tiny wells that cause little pools of water to appear, creating a “spring” that runs throughout the day. Known as “bokei”, or “matrix” in English, this work is a piece of art created by Rei Naito in 2010. The experience allows an endless expression that follows the changing seasons and ebb and flow of time.

Next door to the Teshima Art Museum you’ll find a café with an equally breathtaking exterior that is open for you to take pictures. The ceiling is fitted with rounded openings that flood the carpeted seating area with natural light as guests eat and relax. The menu features local products, like dishes made with famous Teshima olives, strawberries, and lemons.

Highlights

  • a mysterious-looking art museum on a hill that overlooks the Seto Insland Sea.
  • open floor plan and oval-shaped ceiling windows give the museum space a natural intake of breeze, sound, and light.
  • visitors can step into the art itself to experience a marriage of breathtaking nature and soul-stirring art.
  • café and shop available.

Teshima Art Museum
Photo: Noboru Morikawa

Photos

  • Teshima Art Museum
Photo: Noboru Morikawa

    Teshima Art Museum Photo: Noboru Morikawa

Reviews

Post a review and receive a scratch card!
Scratch the card to get coupons that are useful for traveling in Japan!

Details

Name in Japanese
豊島美術館
Postal Code
761-4662
Address
607 Teshimakarato, Shozugun Tonoshocho, Kagawa
Telephone
0879-68-3555
Business Hours
March 1 - October 31
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 4:30 p.m.)
November 1 - last day of February
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 3:30 p.m.)
*online advanced reservation required
Closed
Tuesdays (March 1 - November 30)
Tuesdays to Thursdays (December 1 - last day of February)
*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.
Admission
1,570 yen
*free for children 15 and under
Access
1) 15 min. shuttle bus ride from Teshima’s Ieura Port
2) 3 min. shuttle bus ride from Teshima’s Karato Port
Official Website
Official Website (English)