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Inujima Seirensho Art Museum 犬島精錬所美術館

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum Inujima Seirensho Art Museum
Inujima Seirensho Art Museum Inujima Seirensho Art Museum

Industrial ruins reborn as a world-class art complex

The Inujima Seirensho Art Museum is an art museum that has preserved and recreated a former copper refinery based on the concept of “using what exists to create what is to be.”

Don't miss

  • Interact with friendly locals living on the island and stroll on pleasant beaches
  • Visiting Inujima and Teshima Islands on a day trip from Naoshima Island or Uno Port is recommended

How to Get There

Most visitors to Inujima Island usually stay overnight at Uno Port or Naoshima Island.

Take the Shinkansen (bullet train) to JR Okayama Station, and change trains to JR Saidaiji Station. It takes only 30 minutes by taxi or by bus from the station to Hoden Port, where the ferry terminal is located.

Ferries make three round trips a day between Naoshima Island to Inujima island via Teshima Island.

Quick Facts

Inujima, which literally means “Dog Island,” is named after a rock shaped like a sitting dog

Inujima is known as an island of art using its industrial heritage

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum and the Art House Project are scattered around the island

Heritage, architecture, art, and environment

The Inujima Seirensho Art Museum uses the remains of a former copper refinery that was established about 100 years ago.

The museum has received numerous awards for its design, which incorporates natural energy, sunlight, and wind flow. The architecture by Hiroshi Sambuichi can also be seen on Naoshima Island.

A work by Yukinori Yanagi-inspired by Yukio Mishima , a novelist who criticized Japan's modernization ,is on display in the museum.

Island time

The theme of the Art House Project is “The Utopia.” The art gallery was created by using old houses scattered around the island. The daily lives of the locals and the artworks coexist, which makes the entire island as a single museum.

In addition to Inujima Island, the Art House Project, which utilizes several vacant old houses converted into art installations, is also developed in Naoshima. There are Benesse House, Chichu Art Museum, and Lee Ufan Museum in Naoshima, so when touring other islands in the Seto Inland Sea, it is recommended to visit Naoshima together with Inujima Island.

Benesse House Museum Photo copyright: Masato Kenmotsu

Setouchi Triennale

Inujima Island is one of the venues for the Setouchi Triennale, a large-scale art festival held once every three years on the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. During the festival period with approximately 100 days, the number of ferry service will be increased so that visitors can take their time to view the artwork while stopping by at Naoshima and Teshima Islands.

Naoshima Pavilion Owner:Naoshima Town Architect:Sou Fujimoto Architects Photo copyright/Jin Fukuda

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

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