In 2010 the Setouchi Triennale was born. It was an amazing experiment that started from nothing, but then miraculously and organically has grown more and more each year…
What is it?
“Setouchi” means “Seto Inland Sea” and “Triennale” is Italian for “triennial”, or “every three years”. The Setouchi Triennale is an Art festival that goes all year, and comes every three years.
The driving force behind the festival is Benesse. It is a Japanese company which is in the education market. They own the Berlitz Language schools which are all over the world. The Benesse Foundation is a ten room hotel that is inside the modern art museum you can find on Naoshima, an island just north of Takamatsu.
Many of the art exhibits will be seen and experienced temporarily, but some will become permanent installations too. So, even if you come to Kagawa on a non-Setouchi Triennale year, there are many exhibits and places to experience and to be inspired from.
The islands that participate in the festival are: Naoshima, Teshima, Megijima, Ogijima, Shodoshima, Oshima, Inujima, Shamijima, Honjima, Takamijima, Awashima, Ibukijima, Uno Port in Tamano City, and Takamatsu City.
On your Come to Shikoku Adventure, spending a day or two island hopping around the Seto Inland Sea is a very relaxing and pleasurable experience. Booking accommodations can be a bit tricky, so please contact us with enough lead time in advance so that we can secure the best places for you to stay at the end of your island-hopping day.
Contact us at cometokagawa@gmail and we will help you make your adventure to Japan come true.