A Beautiful island of Art and Spa in the Seto Inland Sea

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Islands of Art: Shodoshima, Teshima, and Naoshima


Shodoshima is the venue for the Setouchi Triennale, an international art festival held every three years. Of all the many islands, it exhibits more works of art. Approximately 50 works of art are displayed at the Fukutake House-Asia Art Platform in the Fukuda district, Tonosho district, Mito district, and other areas, blending together in an abundant location to allow visitors to thoroughly appreciate the splendor of the ocean, mountains, and the island.

Gift of The SunGift of The Sun
The Secret of HanasuwajimaThe Secret of Hanasuwajima
Regent in OlivesRegent in Olives
Beat Shrine / ANGER from the BottomBeat Shrine / ANGER from the Bottom


The island is approximately 20 minutes by ferry from Shodoshima. It is an abundant Island dotted with historical remains from the Jomon period and expansive terraced rice fields. Blessed with delicious food gathered from the mountains and sea, the island has initiated projects related to food. At the “Teshima Art Museum” which takes on an endless number of countenances, along with the chirping of birds, the flow of time, and the changing of the seasons, you will forget about the passage of time. Rented bicycles are recommended to tour around the island.

Shodoshima-Teshima ferry route
  • Accessing Teshima: Shodoshima-Teshima Ferry with the shortest crossing time from Shodoshima-Tonosho Port to Karato Port being approx. 20 min. Shodoshima-Teshima Ferry
  • Accessing Teshima from Takamatsu: Teshima Ferry which takes approx. 35 min. from Sunport Takamatsu to Ieura Port (via Naoshima and Honmura Port) Teshima Ferry


Benesse House Museum, Chichu Art Museum, Art House Project, and similar facilities are well known as sacred grounds for modern art.

Yayoi Kusama Red PumpkinYayoi Kusama Red Pumpkin
Chichu Art MuseumChichu Art Museum
Benesse House MuseumBenesse House Museum
Shodoshima-Teshima-Naoshima-Takamatsu ferry route
  • Accessing Naoshima from Takamatsu: approx. 30 min. from Sunport Takamatsu to Teshima Ferry Honmura Port Teshima Ferry
  • Accessing Naoshima from Takamatsu: approx. 50 min. from Sunport Takamatsu to Shikoku Kisen Miyanoura Port; 25 min. by high-speed boat Shikoku Kisen

Naoshima has developed as an island of art. The art areas are divided into “Miyanoura,” “Honmura,” and “Art Museum.” Using a scheduled bus or rented bicycle are the most convenient means to travel to these areas.

♦Miyanoura Area

As you approach Miyanoura Port, the Gateway to the west part of Naoshima, the “Red Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama” and “Naoshima Pavilion by Sosuke Fujimoto” exhibits are there to welcome you.。
Sou Fujimoto Naoshima PavilionSou Fujimoto Naoshima Pavilion
Naoshima Bath "I♥湯 (I Love YU)"Naoshima Bath "I♥湯 (I Love YU)"
Yayoi Kusama Red PumpkinYayoi Kusama Red Pumpkin

♦Art Museum Area

Chichu Art Museum:
Designed by Tadao Ando, most of the buildings in this art museum have been build underground so as to not lose sight of the Seto Inland Sea scenery. Even though they are underground, the natural sunlight still penetrates below and the museum becomes one with nature as the exhibits and expressions of the space change with the four seasons. Works by Claude Monet, Walter De Maria, and James Turrell are on display.
Lee Ufan Museum:
Lee Ufan, an artist active mainly in Europe, and Tadao Ando collaborated to create this art museum. Featuring a semi-underground construction, this museum exhibits paintings and sculptures from the 1970’s to present day. With nature and artwork acting in concert, they create a sense of tranquility and dynamism by resonating together with the architecture,
Benesse House Museum:
Under the concept of “nature, architecture, and art coexisting,” the art museum and hotel designed by Tadao Ando are totally integrated. The works of art are not confined to just the exhibition space, but appear everywhere throughout the museum, as well as scattered along the coastline and in the groves of trees surrounding the facility.

♦Honmura Area

Renovating empty houses scattered throughout the area, the Art House Project transformed them into works of art, interweaving memories of when people inhabited them. This is an art area located in the sphere of the daily lives of the people of Naoshima which includes the “ANDO MUSEUM” that breathes new life into wooden residential houses built about 100 years ago.

Sites to See in Shodoshima

Shodoshima 88 Temple Pilgrimage
The “pilgrimage” in this case refers to a circuit pilgrimage which visits 88 temples and sacred grounds, retracing the footsteps of Kobo Daishi (Kukai). The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage is world famous and Shodoshima has an abbreviated version of it in which pilgrims participate throughout the year. They trek along mountains and through valleys unchanged through the centuries while reciting the “Heart Sutra.” The temples they visit vary greatly in shapes and sizes, and there are even some built in caves. Although it varies depending on the pilgrim, the entire pilgrimage can be completed in approximately one week.
The “pilgrimage”(Ohenwo)
The “pilgrimage”(Ohenwo)
The “pilgrimage”(Ohenwo)
World’s Narrowest Strait
Located between Shodoshima and Maejima Island, the Dofuchi Strait stretches 2.5m and spans 9.93km at its narrowest point, making it the narrowest strait in the world as registered in the Guinness Book of Records.
Chinese Juniper at Hoshoin Temple
With the circumference of the base of its roots measuring 16.6m, the tree stands about 20m and is 1,600 years old. It is believed that an “elephant, tortoise, and dragon,” which have close ties to the history of Buddhism, dwell inside. It has been designated as a “Special Monument” of Japan.
Osaka Castle
Stone Remains from Osaka Castle
Shodoshima is an island of granite.
During the time of Osaka Castle of long ago, a large quantity of stones was quarried at Shodoshima to be used in the walls of the castle. Even today, there are several stones on the mountains and coastline of Shodoshima that were reminiscent of the past.
Stone Remains from Osaka Castle
Stone Remains from Osaka Castle
Stone Remains from Osaka Castle
Stone Remains from Osaka Castle
Stone Remains from Osaka Castle
the Golden Rock
the Golden Rock
Maintaining a mysterious sense of balance, this is a Japanese version of the Golden Rock in Myanmar. After climbing up a long stairway and narrow mountain road, visitors can view the scenery of the Seto Inland Sea.
Meiro No Machi (Maze Town)
Long ago, there were pirates in the Seto Inland Sea. Situated at a strategically important major spot in the shipping lands of the Seto Inland Sea, Shodoshima built the streets of stores and houses like a maze to protect the town from pirates. The houses and streets surviving today conjure up a sense of nostalgia to visitors.
Meiro No Machi (Maze Town)
Meiro No Machi (Maze Town)
Meiro No Machi (Maze Town)
Choshikey Valley Nature Zoo, Country of the Monkey
Over 500 wild monkeys live here. During the cold winters, the monkeys nestle together to keep each other warm in a sight known as “monkey grouping.”
Choshikey Valley Nature Zoo, Country of the Monkey
Choshikey Valley Nature Zoo, Country of the Monkey