Ogijima Island

An artistic “cat island”

Brief Introduction

Just a few kilometers north of Megijima Island, Ogijima Island is member of the Setouchi Triennial International Art Festival. Just as sparsely populated as its southern neighbor, the island’s eye-catching hillside hamlet is an irresistible place to explore. Traditional Japanese village dwellings, with their dark brown facades and grey tile-covered roofs, line the sloping hillsides in every direction. Separated by narrow passageways, the houses form a labyrinth overlooking the Seto Inland Sea. You will notice that some of the paths around Ogijima are defined by walls of stacked rock and stone, accentuating the island’s motif of earth-tone construction.

Perhaps the first spot to visit on a trip to Ogijima Island is Toyotatama Shine.because it has the best view of Ogi Port and the surrounding sea. It will also help you get your bearings on the island. The Ogi Lighthouse is another good lookout point and it is quite an interesting structure as well.

You might bump into a collection of cats at any point on your trip. Often hanging around the port they are a tourist attraction in themselves with their carefree lifestyles and substantial numbers. The arts have had a huge impact on Ogijima over the years with the creation of several major installations around the island. A good place to start is the visitor’s center, which is a structure called Ogijima’s Soul, created by internationally acclaimed Catalonian sculptor Jaume Plensa. Take the time to explore the entire island and witness how modern art can unite with a traditional backdrop.

Access: Take the Marine Liner from JR Okayama Station to JR Takamatsu Station. Walk for 5 minutes to Takamatsu Port.Take a 40 minute ferry ride to Ogijima Island.