How to travel between Naoshima and Okayama

Take a JR Uno Line from Okayama Station to Uno Station (45-60 minutes, 590 yen one way, covered by the Japan Rail Pass). One transfer may be required at Chayamachi Station. Across the street from Uno Station is the ferry terminal from where ferries depart frequently for Miyanoura Port on Naoshima (20 minutes, 300 yen one way) and less frequently to Honmura Port on the opposite side of the island (20 minutes, 300 yen one way).

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

Naoshima has two public ferry ports: Miyanoura and Honmura.

Most tourists enter Naoshima through Miyanoura Port on the island's west coast. Miyanoura is served by ferries to/from Takamatsu, Uno and Inujima. The ferry terminal at Miyanoura Port serves as the information center and transportation hub of the island. It also provides coin lockers and bicycle rentals. Honmura Port on the island's east coast is conveniently located near the Art House Project, but has only infrequent ferry connections to/from Uno.

Naoshima's museums and art installations are found along the southern coast of the island. One to three town buses per hour run from Miyanoura Ferry Terminal via Honmura (10 minutes, 100 yen) to the Tsutsujiso bus stop at the east gate of the Benesse House complex (15 minutes, 100 yen), from where free shuttle buses continue to the Benesse House (3 minutes), the Lee Ufan Museum (5 minutes) and the Chichu Art Museum (7 minutes).

Complimentary buses for overnight guests of the Benesse House additionally operate once or twice per hour between the ports, the Benesse House and the Chichu Art Museum.

During the 2022 Setouchi Triennale (except on days when the Chichu Art Museum is closed), additional buses circle the island, stopping at the Chichu Art Museum and many other sites of interest. Buses depart about once per hour and cost 100 yen per ride.

Rental bicycles are a pleasant alternative for exploring the island, although some of the roads traverse moderate hills. Bicycles are available from the Miyanoura ferry terminal for 500 yen per day and electric assisted bicycles for 1500 yen per day. Passionate walkers could also consider walking between the ferry terminal and the sights, however, distances are considerable, and most visitors will prefer travel by bus or bicycle.