Ogijima Island, Home of Charming and Artistic Villages in Takamatsu, Kagawa

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  • Takamatsu is located in Kagawa, the smallest prefecture of Japan. It has warm, humid summers and chilly winters with minimal snowfall. Near Takamatsu is the neighboring island of nearby Megijima.

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    It is a small island with a lighthouse and a lovely village. Let’s explore the place!

    The Island

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    Ogijima Island is just 2 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide. It is inhabited by around 200 people. The island features several mountains poking out of the sea. It has a single village with a lighthouse at the northern end. It is famous for its role in a movie “Yorokobi mo kanashimi mo ikutoshitsuki (happiness and sadness for many years)” about a lighthouse keeper who lived with his family on the island. There are thousands of narcissus bulbs which bloom from January to February. These have been planted on the recreational trail yearly.

    Visitors can walk to the lighthouse in about 30 minutes from the ferry terminal. It’s fun walking on the trail down the pleasant narrow road through the fields and forests.

    The Village

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    The village is huddled up on the mountain. It is overlooking the harbor. Houses are made of woods and are connected by confusing network of narrow lanes. Visitors can walk up and explore the charming village. On the way to the mountain, the village also overlooks a shrine known as Toyatahime Shrine. Here, people come to pray for safe childbirth delivery.

    Setouchi Triennale Art Festival

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    Setouchi Triennale is a contemporary art festival held every three years in Japan. One of its venues is in Ogijima Island. Around 10 art pieces have been permanently installed in the place which were made every festival since 2010. Some are conventional indoor artworks while some are installed outdoors and projects incorporating entire homes. You have to take note that many of these are closed on Sundays and winter season. This is the reason why Ogijima Island is also known as an “Art Island.”

    For a quiet yet artful travel destination, come to Ogijima Island, where every place you’ll explore will surely add charm and wonder to your experience!

    Art Setouchi 2015

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