Uno Guide (2016 Setouchi Triennale)

Uno Port

Uno is a small port located about 50 minutes from Okayama Station.  There are very few accommodations in Uno making it a difficult place to go and see the Setouchi islands.  If you want to stay on Honshu, Okayama is better but Takamatsu is the best place to see the islands.

2016 Setouchi Triennale (Chinu - the Black Sea Bream of Uno)

2016 Setouchi Triennale (Chinu – the Black Sea Bream of Uno)

Most of the art is around the station and waterfront.  There are a few outlying artworks but most of the art is either in the old town district next to Uno Station or in the large waterfront area.  The port used to be a major connector between Shikoku and Honshu with freight trains connecting by ferry in Uno.  The waterfront continues to be a large area but the area is only a small shadow of what it used to be.

Getting to Uno

Uno is easy to access from Okayama Station.  The fastest route is to take the Marine Liner to Chayamachi Station and change to Uno Line bound for Uno.  Uno is the last stop.

Cost

  • 580 yen each way
Marine Liner

Marine Liner

There is also a bus service on the Ryobi Bus Company.  It takes slightly longer but there are more services to Uno during the day and it is a direct service.

Cost

  • 650 yen each way

From Takamatsu, there is a direct ferry to Uno.  The ferry terminal building is well marked but it is approximately 500 meters east of the central ferry terminal.

Cost

  • 690 yen each way
Ferry from Uno to Takamatsu

Ferry from Uno to Takamatsu

There are several other ferries that connect Uno to Naoshima, Teshima, and Shodoshima.  Please refer to those island’s Guide Pages for information on ferries.

Timetable

There are roughly 2 Marine Liner trains every hour from 5:49 till 23:42 that will allow a transfer to Uno.  From Uno, the last train to Okayama is at 22:03.  All train times are subject to change so please check for precise times.

There are several sailings between Uno and Takamatsu.  Ferries ply the waters between Uno and Takamatsu from 7:00 till 20:10.  There is a short lunch break in the middle of the day.

Please check the ferry schedule for precise times.

Artwork in Uno

Most of the artwork is between the old town area near Uno Station and the edge of the waterfront.  You can easily walk to all of the artworks but cycling is also an option.  One of the newest permanent artworks is a 10 minute walk from the port, as is one art exhibit that is roughly 5 minutes west of the station.

2016 Setouchi Triennale (Officer BigMac▷Dead Scream▷『Jaku-Jaku-samaⅡ』『Chienron❷』〆)

2016 Setouchi Triennale (Officer BigMac▷Dead Scream▷『Jaku-Jaku-samaⅡ』『Chienron❷』〆)

If you want to see all of the artwork, 2 hours is enough to enjoy everything.  If you want to take your time and see everything, you need about 3-4 hours.

Getting Around Uno

Uno is small enough that you can walk everywhere.  Some of the outlying artwork can be difficult to reach in a timely manner but it isn’t difficult to walk.  The old town district is better on foot as there are many things to see every few meters.

Bicycle Rental in Uno

Bicycle Rental “Beyond the last stop” in Uno

Renting a bicycle is a viable option and it is part of the Setouchi Triennale.  “Beyond the last stop” is an artwork that takes recycled metal to create new bicycles.  It is a great way to see Uno in a timely manner while being part of the art as well.  These bicycles are unavailable outside of the official Triennale seasons.  Regular bicycles can also be rented from Uno Station.

Cost

  • 600 yen per day (plus 2000 yen deposit)
  • 400 yen per day (regular bicycle)

Eating in Uno

There are several options for eating in Uno.  Uno is a typical small town of Japan.  There are several cafes and small restaurants around the old business district as well as larger shops in the waterfront area.

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.