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Islands Connected by Contemporary Art:
the Seto Inland Sea & Art Setouchi

Getting to Kojima Station:

Approx. 25min. from Okayama Station by rapid train, "Marine Liner", on JR Seto Ohashi Line
Getting to Uno Station:
Approx. 15min. to Chayamachi Station by rapid train, "Marine Liner", on JR Seto Ohashi Line,
and 25 min. by local train on JR Uno-port Line

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Korea Performing Arts Water Taxi at Uno Port Seppuku Pistols

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  • High-Speed Craft running on the Seto Inland Sea
  • Sunset over the Seto Inland Sea
  • Shishi of Maniwa

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.

  • the Seto Ohashi Bridge
  • the Seto Ohashi Bridge & Carp Streamers in Spring Wind
  • the Seto Ohashi Bridge Illumination

Look Up and Down at the Beautiful Bridge from the Sea and the Hill. - The Seto Ohashi Bridge -

The Seto Ohashi Bridge spans the Seto Inland Sea, linking Kojima in Okayama Prefecture to Sakaide in Kagawa Prefecture. It had taken 100 years to put the construction into practice and complete it since the idea of making the bridge between Honshu Island and Shikoku Island was advocated by an assembly member of Kagawa Prefecture in 1889. After World War II, Japan had suffered from a lot of boating disasters. Especially the Seto Inland Sea route had five accidents in nine years. The fifth accident in 1955 was the worst, killing 168 people, including children on a school trip, of 781 passengers and 60 crews on board. With this case as a start, people began to have a strong incentive to build bridges across the Seto Inland Sea.

The Seto Ohashi Bridge is one of the largest double-decker bridges accommodating both road and rail traffic in the world.

Washuzan Hill overlooking the Seto Inland Sea is one of the best spots with a panoramic view of the beautiful inlands and the bridge in this area. It is known as one of the 100 most beautiful sunset-watch spots in Japan. The bridge is illuminated for several hours after sunset, mainly on Saturdays and public holidays. At dusk on every Friday, Saturday, and the day before a public holiday (everyday during the Obon holidays in August), "Washuzan Hill Scenic Sunset Bus" for two hours, departing from and arriving at Kojima Station, makes the rounds of scenic spots on Washuzan Hill. The fare for an adult or a child is 510 yen.

A sightseeing boat sails out into the Seto Inland Sea to and from Kojima Sightseeing Pier, just a short distance from Kojima Station. The 45-minute-tour takes passengers around the Seto-Ohashi Bridge. Another sightseeing boat departs from a pier in front of Shimoden Hotel at the foot of Washuzan Hill, with a captain guiding passengers in Okayama dialect.

Tour Fare

Adult 1,550 yen / Child 780 yen (Kojima Sightseeing Pier)

Adult 1,500 yen / Child 750 yen (Pier at Shimoden Hotel)

Click here to jump to the sightseeing map of Kojima Port.

Free Wi-Fi service available at Kojima Station, Kojima Sightseeing Pier and the summit of Washuzan Hill.

  • Inujima Seirensho Art Museum
  • Footpath at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum

Be a Witness to the Regeneration from the Negative Legacy. - Inugima -

The former copper smeltery in Inugima was converted into "Inujima Seirensho (smeltery) Art Museum" The museum was specifically-architected for reducing environmental loads and using environmentally friendly energy to the full, based on the motif of Yukio Mishima, an influential novelist of Japan, who sounded the alarm about the paradigms of Japan's modernization.  Another must-see tourist attraction in Inujima is "Art House Project" dotted with art galleries on the island, suitable for strolling about the island. Inugima is famous as a producer of high quality of granite. The granite was used as stone walls of Okayama Castle, Osaka Castle and others.

Getting here: 35 min. by bus bound for Higashi-Hoden from Saidaiji Station, 5 min. on foot from Nishi-Hoden bus stop to Hoden Port, and 10 minute by high-speed boat / 55 min. by high-speed boat from Miyanoura Port on Naoshima via Ieura Port on Teshima (No service on the day when Teshima Art Museum and Inujima art facilities are closed) / 55 min. by Ryobi Bus ( one round trip a day ) from Okayama Station to Nishi-Hoden bus stop on weekends and public holidays between April 1 and November 25 and the period from August 13 to 15 / Other options available. For more information, visit Shikoku Kisen

Click here to jump to the sightseeing map of Uno Port.

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum & Inugima Art House Project closed: Tuesday from March 1 to November 30, Tuesday to Thursday in winter season (the following day if it is a national holiday, and if Monday is a national holiday, it is open on Tuesday and closed the following Wednesday instead)

Combined Admission: 2,060 yen / Free for Children (15 & under)

  • Ando Museum on Naoshima
  • Haisha
  • I Love Yu
  • Ticket Center of Chichu Art Museum on Naoshima
  • Benesse House Museum on Naoshima
  • Lee Ufan Museum on Naoshima

Consider the Balance between Nature & Human-beings. - Naoshima in Kagawa Prefecture -

Old-style Japanese houses built roughly 100 years ago are scattered around the Honmura District in Naoshima. "Art House Project" is a project storing and exhibiting contemporary art works inside renovated old folk houses.

Chichu Art Museum has paintings of Claude Monet, the great Impressionist painter, Walter De Maria and James Turrell in a building architected lightly in the ground by Tadao Ando, who is one of the greatest architects in Japan and whose works feature fair-faced concrete and the contrast between light and shadow. In addition to Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum and Lee Ufan Museum stand in Museum Area.

A public bath called "I Love Yu" lies within easy reach of Miyanoura Port. This is one of art facilities created by contemporary artists. It is intended for practical use.

Ando Museum located at the center of the Honmura District is an old folk house built 100 years ago. It exhibits photographs, sketches and models presenting the activities performed by Tadao Ando and the history of Naoshima.

Getting to Miyanoura Port: 15 min by high-speed boat or 20 min. by ferry from Uno Port

Getting to Honmura Port: 20 min. by high-speed boat from Uno Port

For more information, visit Shikoku Kisen

Getting to Honmura District (Nokyo-mae) from Miyanoura Port: Approx. 8 min. by Town Bus

Getting to Chichu Art Museum: Approx. 15 min. from Miyanoura Port to Tsutsuji-so Lodge by Town Bus, and 7 min. by free shuttle bus

Rental bicycles available at Miyanoura Port and Honmura Port.

Click here to jump to the sightseeing map of Uno Port

Naoshima Art House Project, Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and Ando Museum closed: Monday (the following day if it is a national holiday)

Benesse House Museum: Open all year round

Admission to Naoshima Art House Project, Benesse House Museum and Lee Ufan Museum: 1,030 yen / Free for Children (15 & under)

Admission to Chichu Art Museum: 2,060 yen / Free for Children (15 & under) Buy tickets online at Benesse Art Site Naoshima

Admission to Ando Museum: 510 yen/ Free for Children (15 & under)

Free Wi-Fi service available inside "Marin Station Naoshima" at Miyanoura Port and Honmura Lounge & Archive.

  • Teshima Yokoo House
  • Museum's Cafe on Teshima
  • Teshima Museum
  • La for&ecirct des murmures

Explore Contemporary Art around Old Folk Houses. - Teshima in Kagawa Prefecture -

Teshima is an island situated between Naoshima and Shodo Island. Unlike other islands on the Seto Inland Sea, the rice farming in the island has been flourishing by using the abundant water since long ago. The island abounds in past and current rice paddies and reservoirs by their side.

Teshima Yokoo House, which reused an old folk house, is located near Ieura Port. A black chimney shaped structure is a guide to reach there. A cafe situated near Teshima Yokoo House, Was du liebst, bringt dich auch zum weinen, displays a work of Tobias Rehberger, German artist.

On the hill in the Karato District lies Teshima Art Museum in a drop shape, overlooking the Seto Inland Sea and terraced fields.

The island has two artworks created by Christian Boltanski, an artist born in France. In the building of Les Archives du Coeur located in Karatohama District, archive files of heartbeats of people all over the world are kept, and it is available for visitors to listen to them and record their own ones. Another artwork, La forêt des murmures, was placed in Karatooka District. It consists of 400 wind chimes in a forest isolated from human dwellings and visitors wandering around the forest.

Getting to Ieura Port: 40 min. by ferry or 25 min. by high-speed boat from Uno Port

Getting to Karato Port: 60 min. by ferry or 40 min. by high-speed boat from Uno Port

Town Bus available between Ieura Port & Karato Port.

Rental power-assisted bicycles available at Visitors' Information Center at Ieura Port & bicycle rentals at Karato Port

Click here to jump to the sightseeing map of Uno Port

Teshima Yokoo House, Teshima Art Museum & Les Archives du Coeur Closed: Tuesday from March 1 to November 30, Tuesday to Thursday in winter season

(the following day if it is a national holiday. If Monday is a national holiday, they are open on Tuesday and closed the following Wednesday instead)

La forêt des murmures Closed: Monday to Friday except public holidays from March 21 to November 4 and winter season

Admission to Teshima Yokoo House: 510 yen / Free for Children (15 & under)

Admission to Teshima Art Museum: 1,540 yen / Free for Children (15 & under); Online tickets are available during Setouchi Triennale 2019

Admission to Les Archives du Coeur: 510 yen / Free for Children (15 & under)

Admission to La forêt des murmures: Free

Free Wi-Fi service available at Ieura Port and Karato Port.

Downtown Kojima

Sightseeing Map of Downtown Kojima

Uno Port

Sightseeing Map of Uno Port