The ‘art islands’ of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan are now on many seasoned travellers’ bucket lists, but there is an added reason for art lovers to visit these permanent art installations of global fame in 2019. This is the year of the Setouchi Triennale, being showcased across 12 islands within Seto Inland Sea and being held from April to November. Here art lovers have a wonderful opportunity to view a fascinating new collection of Japanese and international art.
Whilst gaining a truly remarkable art experience visitors can also immerse themselves in the laidback lifestyles of the Seto Islands – the ‘Aegean Sea of Asia’. Discover how the traditional culture of Japan still survives in their small communities; villages that are now supported by this important international art event.
What a wonderful way to experience your love of art and to start a love affair with Japan.
Spring Session: 26 April to 26 May
Summer Session: 19 July to 25 August
Autumn Session: 28 September to 4 November
We suggest that you spend at least three nights at Naoshima Island as your base so as to better explore the Triennale.
• Visit all 12 ‘art islands’ – a rare and comprehensive opportunity as part of the Setouchi Triennale 2019.
• Travel by ferry between each of the picturesque islands of the Seto Island Sea
• Explore the striking island landscapes and delve into the traditional cultures of the many quaint villages
• Stay three nights at exclusive Benesse House Hotel or select a traditional Japanese guest house on Naoshima Island
A short ferry ride from either Uno (near Okayama on Honsyu) or Takamatsu on Shikoku Island will bring you to Naoshima.
|AM||Meet your guide at JR Uno station on Honshu|
Take a short ferry ride to Naoshima Island where on arrival you will be greeted by the famous polka-dot pumpkin created by world-renowned artist Kusama Yayoi and with works by famous Walter de Maria and James Turrell plus many more.
|PM||Enjoy an island drive tour with an English-speaking guide, including:|
• Chichu Art Museum
• Benesse House Museum
• Art House Project (7 locations)
You will be guided by a local guide who used to work at the museum in Naoshima and he will take you around the island and museums giving you a more
|NIGHT||Check in at your choice of accommodation|
Note that visitors can extend the guiding service to explore the other islands on following day(s).
If you require us to assist you to secure your accommodation, please contact us.
For help on planning your itinerary, contact us
Cross-Cultural Specialist Travel Consultant & Your Japanese Connection