Naoshima: Island of Art

Naoshima is a small island with a circumference of 16 km and an area of 8 km2. It has now also come to be called a sacred place for contemporary art as the venue of the Setouchi Triennale. In addition to the highly popular underground art museum of Benesse House Museum and Art House Project, the artworks on the island will be substantially enhanced with the holding of the Setouchi Triennale 2022. You will be able to encounter artworks all over the island.

Naoshima Travel Guide

Setouchi Triennale 2022

Surrounding tourism

Sightseeing in Naoshima

Overview of Naoshima

Naoshima is known as the island of art. It is possible to reach it in approximately one hour by ferry from Takamatsu Port in Kagawa Prefecture.

There are three villages on Naoshima – Honmura, Miyanoura and Tsumuura. It prospered as an important position in maritime transport from the Edo period (1603 to 1868). Many valuable cultural properties of Japan remain on the island. These include the traditional art performance of Naoshima onna bunraku. The island also attracts attention from all over the world as a sacred place for contemporary art. This has made it one of the leading tourist spots in Japan.

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Red Pumpkin

Naoshima Bath "I♥湯 (I Love YU)"

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Art House Project

Chichu Art Museum「Chichu Garden」

Lee Ufan Museum「Correspondance Place」


Setouchi Triennale2022

Love in Shodoshima

Wang Wen Chih has produced three works for the Setouchi Triennale: “House of Shodoshima” in 2010, “Light of Shodoshima” in 2013 and “Dream of Olive” in 2016. His new work in 2019 is “Love in Shodoshima.”

“The Song of Olives” is a song that every resident of Shodoshima knows. It is a song about the love of a young girl. It overlaps her passion for her lover with memories of Shodoshima. Wang Wen Chih recalls this song every time he arrives at the port on Shodoshima. It is one of the inspirations behind this work.

This work is imbued with thoughts on the connections between the people here and their shared memories – unforgettable even after leaving the island – of times spent together in enjoyment and struggle.

The work is divided into three spaces. Each one represents the symbols and memories of Wang Wen Chih’s previous three works for the Setouchi Triennale.

Love in Shodoshima

Setouchi Triennale 2022

Setouchi refers to the coastal region of the Seto Inland Sea that surrounds the western part of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu in Japan. It is known as a warm and sunny region with little rainfall in Japan. The Setouchi Triennale is an art project event. It makes it possible to experience the life, culture and history of the islands in the Seto Inland Sea through contemporary art under the theme of “using things to create new value.”

The 5th Setouchi Triennale will be held in three seasons in the spring, summer and fall in 2022. It will be held against a backdrop of 12 islands floating in the Seto Inland Sea and two ports. There are many works on permanent display even outside the period of this event. Therefore, you can enjoy art here throughout the year.

Setouchi Triennale 2022 Official Site

Island Kitchen

This is an open restaurant with tables in the semi-outdoors surrounded by a large roof. The women of the island and the chef of Marunouchi Hotel have developed an original menu. The food made with plenty of locally produced fish and vegetables is very popular. In addition, music and dance events and workshops are held on the terrace from time to time. It has become established as an island platform that connects people through art and food.



Shodoshima is one of the venues of the Setouchi Triennale 2022. The greatest number of artworks is on display on Shodoshima among the islands of the Seto Inland Sea that serve as the art venues. Approximately 50 art works will melt into rich locations where you can savor the charms of the sea, mountains and island in the Fukutake House Asia Art Platform in Fukuda district, Tonosho district, Mito district and Hishio-no Sato. Shodoshima is the second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea after Awajishima. You can enjoy the two sights of the sea and mountains here.



Tehima is an island approximately 20 minutes by ferry from Shodoshima. It is an island rich in nature with terraced rice fields. It is also dotted with ruins from the Jomon period (14,000 to 300 BCE). The island is blessed with the food from the sea and mountains, so a project relating to food has also begun here. You will forget the passage of time in Teshima Art Museum. This is a museum that conveys infinite appearances together with the flow of time and the changing of the seasons while you can hear the birds chirping. We also recommend rent-a-cycle to tour the island.