One of the most exciting museums in the Setouchi International Art Festival

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum

museum copper factory ruins Inujima
Part of the old copper factory ruins


In 2009, Inujima was selected as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s “Best 100 Island Treasures” as an island making art from industrial heritage locations. In 2007, the island was acknowledged as one the “Best 33 Heritage of Modern Industrialization” sites by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The museum has become a model for bringing awareness to community development through the issues of industrial heritage, architecture, contemporary art, and environment.

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum preserves and reuses the remains of a copper refinery on the island. The museum was desinged by architect Hiroshi Sambuichi to make use of the existing smokestacks and bricks from the old refinery. The museum uses solar, geothermal, and other natural energies to reduce the burden on the environment, and employs a water purification system that makes use of plant power. It features the art of Yukinori Yanagi, which uses the author Yukio Mishima as a motif.

Visitors can enjoy the fantastic contemporary art experience at the museum itself and at several other locations around the island. Admission to the museum includes admission to the Inujima Art House Project and the Seaside Inujima Gallery as well.

The admission fee applies to visitors over 15 years of age; younger visitors may enjoy the exhibits free-of-charge.


Access: Take the Ako Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Saidaiji Station. Take the Houden bound Ryobi bus from JR Saidaiji Station to the last stop. Take the passenger ferry from Houden Port to Inujima Port. Inujima Seirensho Art Museum is about a 10 minute walk from Inujima Port.


Inujima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea which sits near the coast of Okayama Prefecture. A ferry service runs between Hoden Port in Okayama and the island.

A copper refinery was opened on the island in 1909, but was closed in 1919. The brick refinery remained largely undemolished, and beginning in 2008 became the centrepiece of a large-scale art project as part of the Setouchi Triennele International Art Festival. The art festival is in operation once every three years; however, visitors may enjoy the museum and other permanent installations anytime.

In addition to the contemporary art installations, visitors to the island can experience strolling through the rural neighborhoods and farms and enjoying the beautiful scenery. There is also a campground with elevated tent platforms and sea views so you can enjoy the art and get back to nature.


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