Explore the First National Park in Japan by Boat. - The Seto Inland Sea National Park -
The Seto Inland Sea National Park is one of the first national parks chosen in 1934 in Japan. It is dotted with about 1,000 islands of varing sizes and sandwiched between the southwestern part of Honshu Island, the main island of Japan, and Shikoku Island. Its feature is the human landscape, including terraces of rice fields on some of the islands and old folk houses on narrow streets in port towns. In addition, the sunrise and the sunset over the sea are impressive.
Setouchi Triennale ( April 26 to May 26, July 19 to August 25 and September 28 to November 4, 2019 ) is held in some islands in the Seto Inland Sea and ports on its coast every three years. It is an international art festival, where contemporary artists from Japan and other countries produce their works in cooperation with local people, with the theme of "the Restoration of the Sea". During the event this year ( when "Inujima Seirensho Art Museum" is open ), a high-speed boat, which is operated by a new joint company between public and private sectors, makes a round trip to and from Ushimado Port. - On Sundays between June 9 and July 14, it provides a special boat. It stops by Inujima Port, and Okayama Kyobashi near Saidaijicho tram stop. Setouchi Triennale and all related activities held every year except the year when the Triennale is held are collectively referred to as Art Setouchi.
Setouchi Islands have been ranked seventh in The New York Times' list of "52 Places to Go in 2019". The online edition has introduced an article on the Setouchi Triennale 2019 as well as the re-opening of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and other events.