Many of you will have seen pictures of the Oval by Tadao Ando. Rooms at the Benesse House Oval was unfortunately fully booked during our visit, but we were able to stay in the Museum (as featured previously). One reached the Oval through a monorail from the Museum, and only house guests can access the monorail via their room key. There are only 6 rooms around the Oval, each with a sea view spanning the width of their room. We have seen many pictures of the Oval in magazines, but like the Awaji Yumebutai Island project, we were quite unprepared for the sensory assault by the sound of a constructed waterfall, and the smell of dense vegetation against crisp fresh mountain air!