Part of the Saidaiji district of Okayama City, Inujima consists of three islands of which the largest is in the center. It can be reached by ferry in roughly 8 minutes from a small port in Houden, Higashi-ku, Okayama City. The island’s original heyday came through industry, as a copper refinery was established there in the beginning of the 20th century.
Industrial production fueled the growth of the island’s population through to the years leading up to WWII. Following the war and a slight spike in the number of residents on Inujima, the number of citizens began to dwindle. This ultimately lead to the closing of all the schools on the island over time. The children who live on Inujima today have to commute to the mainland and attend the school nearest to the port.
The local residents of the island often gather at the community center for workshops and seminars. When you visit the island, make sure to visit because the most current information on events and developments is likely to be available.
In the summer, take advantage of the island’s beachfront campsite, which consists of several tent platforms with views of the Seto Inland Sea. Enjoy a glorious sunset barbecue.
Inujima has seen its purpose redefined with the establishment of 5 “Art Houses”, the first of which opened in 2010. These houses were once private residences and have now been transformed into galleries which are open to the public.
Initiated and funded by the educational company Benesse and brought to life by both Japanese and foreign artists and designers, the project has brought a renewed vigor to the island.
General Admission to the Art House Project is 2,060 JPY for adults, while entrance for children under 15 is free. Entry to the Inujima Seirensho Art Museum and Seaside Inujima Gallery are included in the fee.
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