Benesse House

Benesse House

Gotanji, Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun 761-3110 Kagawa Prefecture
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Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travelers visiting Naoshima-cho, Benesse House is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its quirky environment and proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Benesse House makes it easy to enjoy the best of Naoshima-cho. Rooms at Benesse House Hotel provide a minibar and air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi. In addition, while staying at Benesse House Hotel guests have access to a concierge. You can also enjoy a lounge. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Benesse House Hotel. Close to some of Naoshima-cho's most popular landmarks, such as Naoshima Hall (1.0 mi) and Gokuraku-ji Temple (1.0 mi), Benesse House Hotel is a great destination for tourists. When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Museum Restaurant Japanese Issen and Okonomiyaki Umikko, which are some Asian restaurants that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike. If you are interested in exploring Naoshima-cho, check out some of the nearby attractions, such as Chichu Art Museum (0.4 mi), Benesse House Museum (0.0 mi), and Lee Ufan Art Museum (0.2 mi), all of which are within walking distance of Benesse House Hotel. Whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure or both, Benesse House is sure to make your visit to Naoshima-cho one worth remembering.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Beach
Free shuttle or taxi services
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Baggage storage
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Shuttle bus service
Full body massage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Safe
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Gotanji, Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun 761-3110 Kagawa Prefecture
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Somewhat walkable
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SusanSW wrote a review Jan 2020
Highland Park, IL
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Accommodations are in the Park House, Beach House, or Oval. We stayed in Beach House; our sons stayed 1 night in each of the houses. We all thought that Beach House was the best. It has the largest room, which is like a bedroom with living room & balcony. We faced south to the beach and water which was infinitely relaxing. A short walk to the dining room (breakfast buffet and French dinner menu). It is a longer walk to the lobby. There is art everywhere. The design is light wood and cement, very clean and Scandinavian in a Zen sort of way. There is some wear to the furnishings in the room, but everything was very clean and the bathroom had a shower and long bathtub, separate toilet compartment.
The breakfast buffet was excellent, with American and Japanese choices.
There are very few other restaurants on the island (and they are back in the center of town, where one gets off the ferry), so generally one eats at the hotel for dinner. The French restaurant in the hotel was a set menu, pricy but excellent and they easily accommodated all our dietary restrictions. The Japanese restaurant is in the museum (a short bus ride uphill) and is a multi-course kaiseki meal (though you do have your choice of meat, seafood, or vegetarian).
The hotel bus takes you to all the museums (lots of modern art) and down into town. If you are at dinner after the bus ends, they will send a car to pick you up.
All the staff was very friendly and helpful. Quite a few speak English.
Setting so relaxing.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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FryMB wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife, 18 year old daughter and myself visited Naoshima and stayed 2 nights at Benesse - first night in Beach room and second night in Oval Suite. Yes the hotel is expensive, as are the meals and with limited transport options at night you’ll probably be eating at the hotel as we did. However if you’re here for the experience, then expect being in an extraordinary hotel designed by Ando himself, enjoy the museum in the hotel, enjoy the art on the Island much of which is within walking distance from the hotel, enjoy the sumptuous meals in either restaurant, being looked after by the ever so helpful staff, have the luxury of complimentary shuttle bus transfers around the island during the day, and of course delight in the incredible experience of taking an inclinator up a mountain to your room, which is built seamlessly into its surroundings , with extraordinary views of the island and Seto inland sea. If you’re after a once in a lifetime art related experience , albeit one that might hurt the hip pocket, then this place should be on your bucket list.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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helenmiumiu wrote a review Mar 2020
Hong Kong, China
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have always wanted to stay in the Benesse House a few years ago when I got to know about the architect Tadao Ando, and having stayed in his another creation, Setouchi AONAGI. I know I cannot compare the two. Benesse House is a combination of practical and artistic. Practical in the sense that it is strategically located few minutes walk from the Yellow Pumpkin and Benesse Museum, and offering free shuttle to the key sites. Artistic in the sense that it is an art itself. We stayed in the beach house, and it was a very artistic space. Some of the more expensive rooms have artwork of Yayoi Kusama, so you can enjoy them on your own.

It is a sophisticated place to stay after a day or two of museum hopping. Well worth the money, if you want the full art experience in Naoshima from my point of view. Only that it is quite difficult to book at times, as people can book 6 months in advance. Wait for cancellation from others 1 month ahead of your intended stay would be a possible solution to secure the room booking.

Also, don't miss the gift shop. You can get miniature yellow pumpkin there.
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Date of stay: May 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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B. wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I originally wasn’t planning to stay overnight on Naoshima, but I’m glad that I did.

While I’m not a huge art fan (modern or otherwise), the natural beauty of the grounds at the hotel and the peaceful nature of it make it a lovely place to stay.

On a more practical note, the hotel also offers a courtesy shuttle to all of the sites for guests only. (While there is a local bus you can ride, it was full even during low season on a chilly day.) I also rented a bicycle for one day, but be aware that you cannot ride bikes through the grounds.

I stayed in the most affordable room, the Park Twin, and the view was stunning. The rooms are larger and well-equipped. They also each have a large private patio. While the room did show a bit of wear and tear, as others have mentioned, it was nothing terribly noticeable.

The service at the hotel was excellent. I left my Kindle behind in the bedding and they immediately called me when they found it. As I was already boarding the train on my way to my next destination, they shipped it to my hotel in Kyoto for a next-day arrival (at no cost).

In respect of the reviews complaining about the restaurants on-site: Yes, the dinners are somewhat overpriced. I knew that was a potential issue ahead of time, so I bought sufficient wine and snacks in the event I did not want to do the dinner. After a long day of exploring the island, it turned out that I just wanted to chill on my balcony. The breakfast buffet in the restaurant was excellent, however, and worth the price charged.

Overall, this was an excellent stay and I was very glad that I opted for Benesse House. If I am ever back on Naoshima, I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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EBE0 wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two nights in the Park section of this hotel. The island and the hotel are full of world-class art, and this place is well worth a visit.

However, oddly, the hotel lacks basic amenities one would expect for this class of facility z(and this price): the onsen was closed for no apparent reason. And there is no fitness center on site.

Also, we love to cycle, and the island is perfect for that. But— of course— no bikes are available at the hotel! The rental bikes in town were terrible.

It would seem like a simple thing for management to have bikes available for the guests’ use. Major oversight.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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harridan wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a wonderful stay. I seriously recommend the Oval with its private monorail and 360’ panoramic views of the Island.
The French restaurant was staffed well and I felt that the presentation and quality of food for dinner in line with Michelin standards.

I would also say that our “night at the museum” open to Oval guests was the high point particularly watching Bruce Naumanns 100 Live and Die by ourselves at night
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LS_GoingPlaces wrote a review Jan 2020
Greensboro, North Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I love this property. It's a lovely hotel but don't let that stop you. It's all about the art that is displayed both in the museum and on the grounds. I was last here in 2016 and I was surprised by the increase in popularity. They do a good job of making the island and museum and grounds seem uncrowded, which was nice. Rooms are well appointed. We received a bottle of champagne for Christmas which was another lovely touch. We stayed in an ocean front room in the Beach House. Spacious, and nice patio to enjoy fresh air and the view. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Elisa A wrote a review Jan 2020
Paris, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a lovely hotel (with several linked locations nearby on the island) that has art at it's heart. It has two good restaurants onsite (which you need to book) and gives benefits of staying at the hotel for entry to some of the best museums on the island. A convenient shuttle service picks up guests from the ferry at the port and transports them around the key island locations. Many things are easily walkable in the beautiful natural setting.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Park rooms for convenience; Beach rooms for more privacy; Museum rooms within the museum itself;...
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mvmartin wrote a review Jan 2020
Palo Alto, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It's hard to separate the art experience from the hotel stay. The hotel is designed beautifully of course and waking up to glance between the James Turrell print at the foot of the bed and over to the expansive view given from the window to the foreshore (Kasoi Yasama pumpkin in the distance). The rooms are a little tired but the design is timeless. The wear and tear on the room is acceptable somehow because of the quality. The rigidity of the Japanese hotel check in and check out policy is not unique to Benesse so as long as you are prepared to check in and out at the times they have advised it's all good.
The restaurant for breakfast and dinner is excellent. Sitting in that room looking out over the Seto sea and contemplating all the glorious art you will see that day is just delicious.
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Sherlly H wrote a review Dec 2023
Boston, Massachusetts
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in Beach House Suite first then we had to relocate to 2 regular room as it was full. The front office need training for sure. There was five of us.

Me : “hi my room was moved can i have a card for my room”
FO : “we have given all card to your husband”
Me : “my husband and i split route today and he is 15 min away”
FO : “no, we can send you to your room and you can wait for your husband”
Me : “why cant you just issue a keycard”
FO : “no, we have to cancel the other key card then”
Me : “cancel it, it is my room and my daughter anyway”
FO : “let me ask” then she came with a card
Me: “thank you but it is only one card, can i have another as we are two people”
FO : “no you have the other key card”
Me : “i will return you everycard, pls issue me two card”
FO : “let me ask” then come back w another card

Total time : 20 minutes (this was the concise version after much argument)

It is a hotel in a remote island, it is definitely not cheap with us paying for suites plus 3 room plus bfast and dinner onsite.

How much does a key card cost? usd 1 dollar tops without rfid technology even. Do you not print enough card ?

Security? you have cctv and cardlogs from your hotel system, what is the concern?

It was great until the session and the face the FO lady gave me. She has short hair with glasses and work on 28 Dec 23 around 415pm. My room number is 1111/1112/1113

I have never ever in my life need to argue to get a keycard for a room we pay. I am a tourist.

Please fix your system thank you
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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LINDA L asked a question May 2023
Irvine, California
refund policy
solage asked a question Apr 2022
chicago17 contributions23 helpful votes
Hi - why avoid park house?
Answer from marceldu
San Francisco, California33 contributions6 helpful votes
This might be too late, but when we were there, we did get automatic entry into the museum . And, if you are staying in the part of the Benesse House that is connected to the museum, they used to let you roam the floors at night. Not sure they still do that, but worth asking about if you are in that section.
ezraulo asked a question Oct 2018
New York City, New York63 contributions66 helpful votes
Hi - does anyone know the difference between a park room and a park deluxe room? thank you.
Answer from Thomas K
Taipei, Taiwan239 contributions136 helpful votes
Same size, but the deluxe room is located on the 2nd floor.
Answer from 837lolal
Spain16 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi, You can book it on their official website Enjoy your stay!
banskoman wrote a tip May 2024
Marlow, United Kingdom63 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay here if you can"
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Macrosantafe wrote a tip Apr 2024
Santa Fe, New Mexico202 contributions104 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Mondays are a good day to avoid as many indoor art spaces are closed."
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photoscot wrote a tip Mar 2024
swscotland49 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cycling a great way to explore the island but the hotel operates a frequent and very convenient bus service to key locations"
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Chris Bril wrote a tip Nov 2023
Melbourne, Australia190 contributions473 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"room 202 had slightly more privacy than 201 and 200 as those rooms were closer to the cafe but tbh you'd be happy in any room. "
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Peter s wrote a tip Nov 2023
57 contributions50 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"If I’d known how basic the hotel was I would only have come for a day trip"
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PRICE RANGE
C$774 - C$952 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
JapanShikokuKagawa PrefectureKagawa-gunNaoshima-choNaoshima
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65
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Frequently Asked Questions about Benesse House
Which popular attractions are close to Benesse House?
Nearby attractions include Art House Project (1.6 km), Chichu Art Museum (0.7 km), and Benesse House Museum (0.03 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Benesse House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Benesse House?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Benesse House?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Benesse House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Benesse House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Salon Nakaoku, Terrace Restaurant Uminohoshi Etoile de la mer, and Osakaya Shokudo.
Are any cleaning services offered at Benesse House?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Benesse House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Benesse House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kannon-ji Temple (7.5 km), Chikko Hachimangu Shrine (6.6 km), and Naoshima Hommura Gallery (1.9 km).
Does Benesse House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Benesse House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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