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A paradise of art and leisure

Inujima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea off the coast of the city of Okayama . Just a 10-minute ferry ride from Hoden Port, Inujima is a quick and pleasant way to escape the mainland and relax. The island got its name, which means "Dog Island," from a large rock resembling a sitting dog.

Pirates once used it as a base for raiding in around the Seto Inland Sea, but the island is now much better known as a haven for arts and recreation.

Don't Miss

  • Experiencing sensory art at the island's museum
  • Strolling the entire island
  • Renting a kayak to get a different perspective of the island

How to Get There

You can reach the nearest large city, Okayama , by rail (including shinkansen) or air.

From Okayama Station catch the train to Saidaiji Station, then take Ryobi bus to Hoden Port, which takes about 55 minutes, and get off at Nishi-Hoden. The ferry office is a five-minute walk from Ryobi bus stop. Direct buses from Okayama Station to Nishi-Hoden also operate on certain days. Check the latest schedules for the most up-to-date information.

Small and sweet

The population of Inujima is around 50 people.

Inujima is dotted with lots of small garden plots dividing the island's houses. Small pathways form a maze that's easy to get lost in, but with the island being only four kilometers in circumference you won't be lost for long, so enjoy the adventure.

Island as art

Inujima is one of the venues of the famous Setouchi Triennale, an event which has brought vitality to the islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

The main art attraction is an art museum built from the remains of a copper refinery. Its impressive art installations are placed around the island and are often swapped around. During the art festival held every three years, the island buzzes with events and one-off exhibits which bring people back year after year.

Activities galore

The island's beautiful, peaceful beaches attract campers and picnickers. On the south side of the island, the Inujima campgrounds have facilities for staying on the island longer. You can choose to pitch a tent on the ground or on decks if you prefer a flatter surface to sleep on.

In and around the campgrounds are statues you'll see all around the island on the beach fronts. These random geometric shapes and animals add a whimsical and quirky touch to the island.

Camping season runs from April 15 through October 15. There are 40 tent sites available. The campground also rents tents and other necessary gear. Reservations for sites and equipment rentals are required.

Visitors can also enjoy sea kayaking with a qualified guide; kayaking is restricted to the bay area and is for beginners.

Food for thought

Inujima has a small selection of places to eat, and before visiting the island, you should check with the Momotaro Tourist Information Center if anything is open on the day you plan to visit. The cafes offer a gourmet selection of locally sourced ingredients for delicious dishes that will please most visitors.

This small island allows you to roam the neighborhoods, meet the locals, see incredible art and savor this slow pace of life.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.


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