Megijima Guide (2016 Setouchi Triennale)

Island

Megijima is a small island located just 20 minutes by ferry from Takamatsu.  For residents of Takamatsu, it is often used as a beach getaway and the ferries in the middle of summer often have dozens of students looking to get away from the city and enjoy the beach.  All of these students tend to skip the art and head straight to the beach making it less of an annoyance within the town itself.  Most of the art is located within walking distance of the ferry port but there are a couple of artworks located a distance by bus.

Megijima Port Building

Megijima Port Building

Getting to the Island

Megijima is serviced by Meon and Meon 2, identical ships that ply the waters between Takamatsu’s central city port, Megijima, and Ogijima.  All ships run from Takamatsu to Megijima, and then on to Ogijima, before returning to Takamatsu via Megijima.  Usually only one ship runs between the islands, but in August, both ships are running every day with the extra sailing going to Megijima only due to the number of beach goers.

Cost

  • 370 yen each way (round trip tickets available but provide no discounts)
Ferry from Takamatsu to Megijima and Ogijima

Ferry from Takamatsu to Megijima and Ogijima

Timetable

Ferries depart every 2 hours starting at 8:00 from Takamatsu.  The last ferries depart Takamatsu after 18:00, but there are no return ferries after that.  Return ferries depart every 2 hours from 7:20 with the last sailing at 17:20.

From August 1~20, an extra sailing to Megijima is added with sailings every 2 hours departing Takamatsu from 9:10.  The last return ferry to Takamatsu departs Megijima at 18:10.

Please check the ferry schedule for precise times.

Getting around the Island

A bus service connects Megi Port with the Ogre Caves at the top of the island.  During the 2016 Triennale seasons, the bus also runs to Nishiura.  Buses are timed with the arrival of the main ferries and runs 5 times a day.  Buses wait in Nishiura for 15 minutes before making the return journey.  For those going to the Ogre caves, you only get 35 minutes to enjoy the caves and the surrounding area before the return bus departs.

Cost

  • 600 yen round trip (100 yen discount for Setouchi Passport holders)
  • Note: The bus does make a stop during the Triennale near “Terrace Winds” on the return trip to the port.
Buses to the Ogre Caves and Nishiura

Buses to the Ogre Caves and Nishiura

Bicycles and electric bicycles are available to rent but they are not very convenient to get up the hill to the Ogre Caves.  Consider them if you wish to go to Nishiura as well as the Ogre Caves, but you may have to push the bicycle up the hill if it runs out of electricity.  Regular bicycles will have to be pushed up the hill.

Cost

  • Electric Bicycle:  700 yen for 4 hours
  • Regular Bicycle:  300 yen per day

Walking to the Ogre Caves and Nishiura is possible but I highly recommend against it, especially in summer.  If you plan to spend an entire day on Megijima, you can definitely enjoy the countryside a lot more if you walk everywhere.

Walking on Megijima

Walking on Megijima

Artwork on Megijima

Most of the art is around Megi Port and you can easily walk to all of the artwork, with the exception of one piece in Nishiura and the art at the Ogre Caves at the top of the island.

Ogre Caves

Ogre Caves

Including the Ogre Caves, you can see all of the artwork within 4 hours.  If you generally don’t need a lot of time to appreciate the art, it can be as fast as 3 hours, but if you need a lot of time to enjoy the art, you may need 5 or even 6 hours.

2016 Setouchi Triennale (Ogre's House No.2 "Ogre's Memorial Hall")

2016 Setouchi Triennale (Ogre’s House No.2 “Ogre’s Memorial Hall”)

When you disembark from the ferry, you can easily enjoy the art around the port.  I recommend you head left in a clockwise direction to see the art.  Most people will head in a counter clockwise direction.

Eating on Megijima

I personally found the food options on Megijima to be lacking.  The most popular place to eat is at Megi Port.  The port building has a small canteen style restaurant with typical home style foods from Japan.  If you want something nicer, Restaurant Iara at “The Presence of Absence” is nice but the food appears expensive for what it is.  Near the main beach area, north of the port, there are a few small restaurants and in the summer a beach shop.  You can get food and drinks but prices are designed for beach goers so beware of the prices.

Restaurant Iara

Restaurant Iara

Information

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.