If you’re into Japanese art and culture, both contemporary and traditional, and want to discover a remote part of Japan studded with scenic views and fresh seafood, the 2019 Setouchi Triennale is the event you don’t want to miss this year.
While the festival happens on multiple and mostly remote locations, our guide will go through how and why each locale is special, so you’ll be ready to confidently get to and enjoy each one.
Here is what’s included in the following guide:
- Why go to the Setouchi Triennale?
- Where is it located in Japan?
- Why it is located there?
- Guide to major festival locations
- Shamijima and Seijima
- Awashima and Honjima
- How much time to spend visiting each island
- New artwork and features at the 2019 Setouchi Triennale
- Weather and how to navigate
- Where to stay
- How and where to buy tickets
- Getting there
- General festival travel tips and advice
- More Shikoku sightseeing highlights
One of the biggest art festivals in Japan, the Setouchi Triennale takes place on 12 small islands and two ports of the eastern part of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea.
You’ve probably seen photos of the Yellow Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama at least once or twice without knowing where it really resides. The giant polka dot-covered sculpture has become a symbol of the fantastical art-and-island experience the Setouchi Triennale holds, but it is just one of the around 200 mysterious artworks, installations, and events from artists from all over the world that you can discover there.
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