International art festival in Setouchi (SETOUCHI TRIENNALE) is a large-scale art festival held in Takamatsu of Shikoku.

It is held every three years, and this year it will be held.

I visited five islands(Ogi-jima/Megi-jima/Nao-shima/Te-shima/O-shima) of the international art festival in Setouchi for 3 days and 2 nights in 2016 of summer season.

In addition, I visited other five islands (Hon-jima/Shami-jima/Takami-jima/Awa-shima/Sanagi-shima) for 3 days and 2 nights in 2016 of autumn season.

So, I summarized the highlights and directions of SETOUCHI TRIENNALE in this article.


About SETOUCHI TRIENNALE

Festival venue is divided into two places of “Islands in East Kagawa” and “Islands in West Kagawa”.

Islands in the East Kagawa

The port becoming the foothold is “Takamatsu Port”.

There are seven islands in the East Kagawa.

Takamatsu Port

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In Takamatsu Port, 12 works were exhibited in 2016.


[No.171 : Liminal Air-core- : Shinji Ohmaki(Japan)]

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[No.189 : Happy Snake : Jose de Guimaraes(Portugal)]

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[No.172 : Beyond the Border-the Ocean : Lin Shuen Long(Taiwan)]

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[No.176 : I’m here! : Kyoco Taniyama(Japan)]

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[No.173 : Banker,Nurse,Detective,Lawyer : Julian Opie(UK)]

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小豆島(Shodo-shima Island)

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Shodoshima is the biggest island in Kagawa.

50 works were exhibited in 2016.

直島(Nao-shima Island)

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・Visit article

Naoshima is the famous island because there is Benesse house museum.

24 works were exhibited in 2016.

豊島(Te-shima Island)

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・Visit article

Teshima is the famous island because there is Teshima Art Museum.

18 works were exhibited in 2016.

男木島(Ogi-jima Island)

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・Visit article

Because a lot of cats live in Ogijima, this island is famous as an island of the cats.

16 works were exhibited in 2016.

女木島(Megi-jima Island)

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・Visit article

Megijima is the island that became the model of the ogres’ island of Momotaro.

15 works were exhibited in 2016.

大島(O-shima Island)

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・Visit article

Oshima is the island where there is the national medical treatment institution of the Hansen’s disease recuperator.

15 works were exhibited in 2016.

犬島(Inu-jima Island)

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Inujima is the island where there are the remains of refinery appointed to a modernization industry inheritance.

11 works were exhibited in 2016.


Islands in the West Kagawa

There are 5 islands in the West Kagawa.

本島(Hon-jima Island)

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↓Visit article↓

Honjima is the island where the scenery of the old town is left.

11 works were exhibited in 2016.

沙弥島(Shami-jima Island)

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Shamijima is the only island that can cross by land in the islands of the art festival.

12 works were exhibited in 2016.

高見島(Takami-jima Island)

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↓Visit article↓

Takamijima is the island where the scenery of a traditional old private house is beautiful.

9 works were exhibited in 2016.

粟島(Awa-shima Island)

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↓Visit article↓

Awashima is the island where three small islands are connected by a sandbar.

8 works were exhibited in 2016.

伊吹島(Ibuki-jima Island)

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↓Visit article↓

Ibukijima is famous for the production of parched small sardines.

7 works were exhibited in 2016.

Ticket information

Triennale Passport

Regular Price: ¥4,800

Special Advance Purchase Price: ¥3,800 (until April 26, 2019 12:00 AM)


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You can purchase this passport in “Takamatsu Port traveler terminal building” which is next to Takamatsu Port.


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You can almost appreciate all works by this passport. (An additional charge is necessary for some works.)


East side : Schedule example (for 3 days and 2 nights.)

When you want to visit the islands of the east side, you should stay at the hotel around Takamatsu station.


[1st day : Oshima, Takamatsu Port]

*You must obtain a numbered ticket at Takamatsu Port main information center before going to the pier. Numbered ticket will distribute 40 minutes prior to departure.

11:00 : obtain a numbered ticket

11:40→12:00 : Takamatsu Port→Oshima (High Speed Passenger Boat “Free”)

13:30→13:50 : Oshima→Takamatsu Port (High Speed Passenger Boat “Free”)

14:00~ : Takamatsu Port


[2nd day : Naoshima, Teshima]

08:12→09:02 : Takamatsu Port→Naoshima(Miyaura Port) (Ferry “520 yen”)

12:10→13:05 : Naoshima(Miyaura Port)→Teshima(Ieura Port) (High Speed Passenger Boat “620 yen”)

17:20→17:55:Teshima(Ieura Port)→Takamatsu Port (High Speed Passenger Boat “1,330 yen”)


[3rd day : Ogijima, Megijima]

08:00→08:40 : Takamatsu Port→Ogijima (Ferry “510 yen”)

11:00→11:20 : Ogijima→Megijima (Ferry “240 yen”)

17:20→17:40 : Megijima→Takamatsu Port (Ferry “510 yen”)

However, I recommend that you go on another day to Naoshima and Teshima if you have a schedule to spare.

West side : Schedule example (for 3 days and 2 nights.)

When you want to visit the islands of the west side, you should stay at the hotel around Marugame station. 

It is an ideal to arrive at Marugame Station before 12:00.


[1st day : Honjima]

AM:Arrive at Marugame Station

13:20→13:55:Marugame Port→Honjima(Ferry “550 yen”)

17:10→17:40:Honjima→Marugame Port(Ferry “550 yen”)


[2nd day : Sanagishima, Takamijima, Awashima]

*There are no art works in the Sanagishima Island.
(Sanagishima island is cat’s island.)

05:27→05:32:Marugame Sta.→Tadotsu Sta.(JR “210 yen”)

*It takes about 20 minutes to walk from Tadotsu station to Tadotsu port.

6:55→7:50:Tadotsu Port→Sanagishima (Nagasaki Port)(Ferry “780 yen”)

10:00→10:25:Sanagishima (Honura Port)→Takamijima(Ferry “360 yen”)

12:45→13:00:Takamijima→Awashima(High Speed Passenger Boat “700 yen”)

17:05→17:20:Awashima→Suda Port(High Speed Passenger Boat “330 yen”)

*Take a free shuttle bus from Suda port to the nearest JR station(Takuma Station).


[3rd day : Ibukijima, Shamijima]

05:27→06:23:Marugame Sta.→Kan-onji Sta.(JR “550 yen”)

*Take a free shuttle bus from Kan-onji port to Kan-onji Station.

7:45→8:10:Kan-onji Port→Ibukijima(High Speed Passenger Boat “510 yen”)

10:30→10:55:Ibukijima→Kan-onji Port

11:17→12:13:Kanonji Sta.→Sakaide Sta.(JR “760 yen”)

*Take a free shuttle bus or use a rent-a-bicycle from Kan-onji port to Kan-onji Station.

13:00→16:00:Shamijima


How to get to east side islands

瀬戸内国際芸術祭(東側)の地図

Nearest station is JR Shikoku Takamatsu Station.


From Tokyo Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Okayama Station and change to the JR Marine Liner.

2.Get on the JR Marine Liner from Okayama Station to Takamatsu Station.

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From Osaka Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the JR Kyoto Line from Osaka Station to Shin-Osaka Station and change to the Tokaido Shinkansen.

2.Get on the Tokaido Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Okayama Station and change to the JR Marine Liner.

3.Get on the JR Marine Liner from Okayama Station to Takamatsu Station.

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From Osaka Sta. (by express bus)

Timetable and Route Search (express bus)

1.Get on the express bus from JR Osaka Station bus terminal to Takamatsu Station.

How to get to west side island

瀬戸内国際芸術祭(西側)の地図

Nearest station is JR Shikoku Marugame Station.


From Tokyo Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Okayama Station and change to the JR Ltd. EXP Nanpu.

2.Get on the JR Ltd. EXP Nanpu from Okayama Station to Marugame Station.

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From Osaka Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the JR Kyoto Line from Osaka Station to Shin-Osaka Station and change to the Tokaido Shinkansen.

2.Get on the Tokaido Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Okayama Station and change to the JR Ltd. EXP Nanpu.

3.Get on the JR Ltd. EXP Nanpu from Okayama Station to Marugame Station.

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From Osaka Sta. (by express bus)

Timetable and Route Search (express bus)

1.Get on the express bus from Osaka Umeda Hankyu Sanbangai bus terminal to JR Marugame Station bus terminal.


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