Visit Setouchi, Where Nature Meets Contemporary Art

In the Setouchi region, which comprises several hundreds of small islands, contemporary art, architecture and nature coexist off the beaten track.



The Seto Inland Sea hides a secret treasure: a series of islands (3000 in total) with magnificent landscapes, like the floating torii gates of Miyajima, the terraced rice fields of Hyogo and the canals of Kurashiki. Setouchi is known both for its environment and its relationship with contemporary art, and notably its triennial arts festival, which takes place over 12 islands simultaneously. On Naoshima, a sculpture of Yayoi Kusama stands facing the sea.

The event has helped increase tourism in the area while also preserving its typical, traditional charm. Here, the beauty of nature is showcased just as much as works of art.