Is it the first time to visit Setouchi Triennale this year?
If so, this post would help you to save time and energy to enjoy the international art fair better.
Setouchi Triennale 2019 is held on 12 different islands and 2 seaports. And there are lots of things you can’t find on the web about each island unless you go there.
Especially in English, it’s hard to get the information you want!
So I’d recommend you to keep these things in mind to navigate you towards the best experience in Setouchi Triennale 2019.
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1. Visit Megijima and Ogijima in one day
Megijima is only 20 minutes away from Takamatsu Port, and Ogijima is another 15 minutes from Megijima.
You can travel to the Megijima and Ogijima islands in one day, using the same ferry called Meon.
Megijima is famous for ogre cave. Ogijima is famous for the interesting residential area sitting on a slope of a mountain.
Of course, they have lots of art installations indoor and outdoor on both islands.
It would be time-saving and very efficient to explore two islands in one day.
Make sure you travel to Megijima first…
and then go to Ogijima.
Because the ferry can be packed during busy days of Setouchi Triennale, and there are lots of people that can’t get onboard.
Well, the ferry departs from Ogijima on the return route.
So, if you take the ferry from Ogijima, you don’t need to worry that you may not be able to get onboard or can be left alone on Megijima without fitting in the ferry.
So remember to travel to Megijima first, and then explore Ogijima and take a ferry from Ogijima back to Takamatsu Port to have a smooth ride back.
2. Be at the port 30 minutes in advance
During busy weekends or Japanese bank holidays, you would find a massive line for ferries.
Sometime, you can’t get onboard because your ferry gets full and there is no more space for you.
In that case, you might have to wait for the next ferry.
Plus, if you have a 3 day ferry pass, please remember to go to a ticket counter every time you use ferry and get an actual ticket, otherwise you won’t be allowed to get onboard.
It’s very inconvenient but this is how it is. So please don’t forget to go to a ticket counter and get a ferry ticket.
That’s why you need to arrive 30 minutes before you get onboard ,so it’s not too hectic and you won’t miss your ferry.
3. Have enough cash ready
Pretty much on all the islands, there aren’t many places where you can use a credit card or any type of electronic payments.
Obviously there are some places where you can use credit cards, but it’s so rare.
Don’t have a high expectation for using credit cards on any of the islands.
On Naoshima or Shodoshima, there are some restaurants or hotels that accept credit card payments.
But, you still should have some cash on you.
Find an ATM before getting on ferry
At Takamatsu Port or Uno Port, there are a couple of 7- eleven convenience stores.
There, you can find an ATM and you can get out some cash.
Please make sure that you have enough cash on you before traveling to each island.
4. Find a restaurant for lunch in advance
You have to keep this in mind for lunch or dinner on islands. There aren’t many restaurants on the islands except for Shodoshima.
Even if you find one, they are often either closed or packed. Then you may have to end up giving up on a nice local lunch there.
So, I’d recommend you to find a restaurant you wanna eat on each island or buy a lunch box before traveling to the island.
Before getting onboard, you can buy food and drinks at the local souvenir shop on the ground floor or a convenience store in Maritime Plaza .
5. Don’t forget to catch the last ferry otherwise..
If you aren’t staying over on the island you visit, you have to make sure that you catch the last ferry, otherwise you will be left alone without any accommodation.
Especially during the Setouchi Triennale season, most of the hotels are fully booked.
That means you won’t have a room to stay. You may have to hire a private boat that would cost you a lot and you have to call them in Japanese…. a nightmare…
To avoid the worst case scenario, check when your last ferry departs and be at the port 10 minutes before departure.
The smaller the island is, the earlier you should be at the port because it will be harder to hire a private boat or ask for a help.
Have you already been to Setouchi Triennale and do you have any experience or information that you should have known before going ?
If you can share your experience, it would be very helpful for me and new travelers coming all the way to Setouchi Islands!