Japan is famous for creating kawaii characters like Hello Kitty, Gudetama and My Melody. They’ve spearheaded the anime and manga industry, but did you know that they’ve amassed their artistic installations, museums and cutting-edge architecture all-in-one island?
Located a short 3-hour ride from Osaka, Naoshima Island is the home of numerous museums with world-class collections, including paintings by Claude Monet and Andy Warhol.
Located at the Kagawa prefecture, the island features lush green trees in resonance with beautifully-designed buildings. If you’re ready to experience high-class art on steroids, here’s what to expect.
Those who want to stay on the island for several days should book their stay at the Benesse House Museum. The facility combines the art museum and the hotel based on the concept of “coexistence of nature, art and architecture”.
The park is composed of guestroom verandas facing lush green lawns and the mountains of Shikoku. Art connoisseurs will be happy to find that the bedrooms contain open-air artwork and easy access to nearby restaurants and shops.
All suites offer a marvelous seaside view, but if you want to be close enough to hear the waves lapping at the shore then opt for the beach suite. The view from the room is parallel to the sea which makes you feel like you’re floating on top of water.
The Ando Museum is a 100-year-old traditional wooden house at Honmura. Similar to the other museums’, the installations play with contrasting elements like past/present, wood/concrete and light/shadow.
They say art is all around us, but it’s definitely on an entirely new level at Naoshima Art Island.
The island has a variety of museums created by popular artists across the world — even the hotel rooms have priceless pieces.
You can take a trip from Singapore to Japan’s Takamatsu Airport via Japan Airlines or Korean Air. From there, take the train from Takamatsu (Kagawa) station and depart at Uno station. Get a ride from the nearby ferry at Uno, which is headed to Honmura.
If you’re planning a trip to Osaka’s castles and Pokemon centres, why not consider making a day trip to Naoshima. The island is only 3 hours away by train.
Naoshima Benessee House Museum
Check in: From 3:00pm Check out: Until 11:00pm Contact: +81 878923223 Booking details:Naoshima’s website
Naoshima is the perfect place to view some of the world’s greatest creations and architectural feats. We all love visiting the museum, but there’s something alluring about these experiential art installations that you have to see for yourself.
There are also plenty of buses that will get you to T4. By MRT, you can hop onto the Dino Shuttle service from Terminal 3. Changi Rewards members and those under 16 get to ride for free, while others will have to pay $2.
The Dino Kart runs from now till 31 Dec, while the Dino Bounce will end on 3 Jan.
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Just imagine basking in the glow of the sun on these interestingly cut lounge chairs beside their outdoor pool. All you’ll need is to pair your sunbathing experience with a glass of classic iced Thai milk tea while perched on these reclined marble chairs.
At 290 metres tall, the tower also boasts 32% in energy savings thanks to glazing and directional shading which lowers glare from the sun. GuocoLand managing director Cheng Hsing Yao also told Channel NewsAsia that the building played a vital role in rejuvenating Tanjong Pagar into a business and lifestyle hub in the Central Business District (CBD).
This will bring in a lot more traffic into the area. At the same time, it will also uplift the infrastructure, the facilities and amenities for the district.
But what exactly can you do in this building anyway? Perhaps the question you should be asking is what can’t you do.
Things to do there
Exemplifying the work-live-play concept, the mixed-use development features 5 fully integrated components.
It occupies 38 storeys but due to office units having higher ceilings than homes, it stands roughly as tall as a 50-floor residential building instead.
Unbelievable residential apartments
Taking up the 39th to 64th storeys is the residential portion of the building, Wallich Residence.
Starting at the 180 metre mark, HSR research head Elaine Chow told The Straits Times that the units could be marketed at more than $3,000 per sq ft. With penthouses boasting unrivaled and breathtaking panorama of the city and sea, it’s quite literally the highest level one can aspire to in Singapore.
Other amenities include the Sofitel Singapore City Centre hotel, six levels of retail bringing a mix of F&B and retail options, as well as a 150,000 sq ft garden offering open green space to allow residents to unwind from work and to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Most of them are offering free parking in the early afternoon from 12pm, so it’s a good opportunity to drive down for lunch.
Some of the malls even offer free parking in the evening too, like Junction 8 at Bishan and Plaza Singapura at Dhoby Ghaut. Now, you can take your time to browse the shops after dinner and not worry about burning a hole in your pocket just for parking.
Here’s a table of the malls and the windows during which parking is free.
You can find more information on this at their website here.
Boost to retail and economy
With financial experts predicting Covid-19 having a bigger impact on the economy than SARS, many retailers are worried about meeting their margins.
It’s even possible that a recession is on the way, if this virus outbreak continues to hinder retail and tourism.
Nevertheless, we have to remain calm and carry on.
Until this blows over, stay hygienic and take necessary precautionary measures. Make the most of those business contingency plan “work from home” arrangements and these malls’ free parking to stretch your legs a little.
Just because our country is suffering from a viral outbreak doesn’t mean our economy should suffer too.
Ayano started off by making a functional scarecrow to deter birds from raiding her family’s crops. However, it quickly turned into a memorial project in which Ayano created a doll every time someone left the village or passed away.
Click here to experience the company of the past residents of Nagoro.
4. Island Of Hashima, Japan
Picture the massive helicarrier S.H.I.E.L.D used in the Avengers. Now place an abandoned version of it offshore of Nagasaki and you’ve got the abandoned island of Hashima, otherwise known as the Battleship Island.
Experience that same intensity of utter desolation here.
5. Winchester Mystery House, USA
The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, was once the residence of widow Sarah Winchester. Sarah’s life was turbulent to say the least, as she married into a family that created renowned rifles & firearms.
Between her husband passing from tuberculosis in 1881 and losing her daughter to disease, she began round-the-clock constructions on her mansion. Many attributed this to her debilitating mental health.
Thus was born the convoluted hallways of the Wincester Mystery House. From doors opening off a ledge to staircases leading nowhere, many started concocting more theories behind the oddity.
Some say Sarah conducted nightly seances to communicate with the spirits as to how to build the house to their liking. Others said the nonsensical placements of otherwise ordinary household features were actually to escape the haunting spirits by confusing them to no end — literally.
Isla de las Munecas – aka The Island of the Dolls – sees dolls hanging and sitting in every crevice of this plot of land. And not just any dolls — broken, disintegrating dolls that are essentially the stuff of nightmares.
The dark, dingy compound with cell blocks that seem to go on forever never fails to produce tales of strange sightings.
Save yourself the $15 to get spooked and hop onto Street View to check it out here.
8. Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland
When asked about WWII atrocities, the Auschwitz concentration camps would probably come to mind. Its metal gates saw nearly 1.3 million people passing through for unspeakable treatment within its four walls.
Since then, the town has been declared too dangerous for living — not at least for the next 24,000 years. While some elderly folk have been allowed to move back, the town is still pretty much a desolate wasteland.
A room filled with child-sized gas masks littered all over the floor. The scariest thing? A doll wearing a similar mask on a chair, dead centre of the room.
10. Bran Castle, Romania
Nestled in the rolling hills of Transylvanian Romania, is the gloomy Bran Castle. Immediately, the stereotypical image of a bolt of lightning streaking across the sky accompanied by a crack of thunder comes to mind.
One thing that might entertain you more though, is a subtle detail Google has introduced. For all searches related to alien lore, the tiny yellow man you use for Street View will become an adorable little UFO.
Keying in “Area 51” in Google Maps might bring you to a tourist truck stop. Instead, enter these coordinates into the search bar to get there — 37°14′0″N 115°48′30″W.
How very mysterious indeed. 👽👽👽
The world is your creepy oyster
There you go — 10 eerie AF places you can visit from the comforts of your homes. While we guarantee entertainment, we can’t guarantee that you won’t experience the chills we did even just through your computers.
With Street View, you can travel all around the world with our handy yellow friend.
Let us know where else you’d like us to recce for you to explore during “Circuit Breaker”.