Teshima is a medium sized island located about 30 minutes by ferry from Takamatsu. The island can be split into 4 zones. Most people will enter and exit via Ieura, the main port. The other main port is Karato. Many artworks are at both ports but the main art venue is in Karato-oka, a small village up the hill from Karato. Kou is another popular area for artwork that is located across a small mountain pass from Ieura.
Getting to the Island
Teshima is serviced by several ferry services to both Ieura and Karato.
From Takamatsu, there are fast ferry services to both Ieura and Karato. Some ferries heading to Ieura stop in Honmura, on Naoshima, before heading to Takamatsu or Ieura.
- 1330 yen each way
From Uno, there are both fast ferry and regular ferry services to Ieura, then Karato, followed by Tonosho on Shodoshima.
- 770 yen to Ieura (regardless of service)
- 1030 yen to Karato (regardless of service)
From Shodoshima, the main ferry service is the same as the service from Uno that connects the port of Tonosho with Karato followed by Ieura and then Uno. There is also a special weekend ferry that goes between Sakate, Higashi Tonosho on Shodoshima, Honmura on Naoshima, and Karato. This ferry has a sporadic schedule and you must check the timetable.
- 480 yen to Karato (regardless of service)
- 770 yen to Ieura (regardless of service)
- Special Ferry: 2,000 yen per trip.
Naoshima has many services connecting to Teshima. The main service is between Naoshima’s Honmura Port and Ieura. There is also a service between Miyanoura, Naoshima’s main port, with Ieura with this service continuing to Inujima.
- 620 yen each way
There are several ferries throughout the day to Teshima. Most ferries start around 8:00 and the last ferries depart after 17:00. When heading to Teshima, it is advisable to be at the port at least 30 minutes in advance for any fast ferry. Tickets sell out fast, especially on Mondays. When returning on the last fast ferry sailing, it is advisable to be at the port at least 30 minutes in advance, but 1 hour is better. Regular ferries to Uno and Tonosho usually have ample space.
Please check the ferry schedule for precise times.
Getting around the Island
The easiest mode of transportation on Teshima is by bus. During the Triennale, there are 3 bus services. All services run in either a clockwise, from Ieura to Karato port via Karato-oka before returning to Ieura via Kou, or counter clockwise direction. One company runs a red and blue line bus. Blue line buses run clockwise while red line buses run counter clockwise. Green line buses are a different company and run both directions. Drivers do not have change so make sure you have exact change for the bus.
- 200 yen per trip
Bicycles are a very convenient way to get around Teshima. Most bicycles are electric powered to help you with the hills. Getting between ports can be difficult due to the hills. If you wish to see all of Teshima, bicycles are the best, most cost effective option as you can go to all ports easily.
- Electric Bicycle: 1000 yen for 4 hours is the average price
- Regular Bicycle: 300-500 yen per day, but prices vary significantly
If the bicycles are all rented out, you can also rent an electric scooter. They are also a very efficient way to get around Teshima but only available in Ieura.
- 3800 yen per day
It is possible to walk everywhere on Teshima, however I would highly advise against it. It is possible to walk between Ieura and Kou and the mountain pass is not too difficult. Walking up from Karato port to Karato-oka is very steep. From Ieura to Karato-oka, the hike isn’t very bad but the distance is a little far for many people and mostly uphill. Walking from Karato-oka to Ieura is much easier. It is not advisable to walk from Kou to Karato-oka but it is possible to do the reverse, but it is a long walk. Be very cautious when walking between the major centres as the roads often do not have shoulders and some areas have blind corners.
Artwork on Teshima
There are 4 major areas for artwork on Teshima. Ieura has 3 major works that are within easy walking distance of each other. Karato-oka is the main area for artwork and all of them are within a very short walk of each other. Between Ieura and Karato-oka is “Tom Na H-iu”. It is a 1 km walk from Karato-oka. If you wish to see it, walking from Karato-oka is possible, but Ieura would be a challenge. Teshima Art Museum is a very short walk from the centre of Karato-oka and doesn’t require a bus ride. Be sure to arrive early as lines grow throughout the day. Karato port is a good 15 minute walk to “Les Archives du Coeur”. Ensure you have enough time to walk out to the artwork and still return for the bus or ferry. Kou is very similar with the artwork spread out a good 5 minutes from each other with the bus stop in the middle.
Information on the artwork on Teshima:
- 2016 Teshima Setouchi Triennale Art (HinoMaple)
- Setouchi Triennale 2016 on Teshima (Setouchi Explorer)
- Teshima Art Museum (Setouchi Explorer – Published 2012)
Eating on Teshima
The most popular place to eat on Teshima is Shima Kitchen. It is very popular with a limited number of meals each day. You are advised to head straight there and to get a reservation time once you are in Karato-oka. If that is not possible, there is curry rice available at a small shop next door. The Teshima Art Museum also has light food options. The majority of eateries are located in Ieura, followed by Karato-oka. Karato-hama has a few food options while Kou has very limited food options.
- Eating on Teshima (HinoMaple – From 2013)
This is part of a series on each of the main islands of the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. All information is correct for 2016 but subject to change. Information should be similar for the future, including the 2019 Triennale, but be aware that the information is very likely to change. Currently, this post is a simple one and will be updated with more links to the individual artworks and a general artwork page in the future.
All information has been created in consultation with David Billa of Setouchi Explorer.