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Getting There & Away

Naoshima can be visited on a day trip from Okayama or Takamatsu and it makes a good stopover if you're travelling between Honshū and Shikoku. Extra-large lockers or left-luggage services are available at the ports.

From Okayama, take the JR Uno line to Uno (¥580, one hour); this usually involves a quick change of trains at Chayamachi, crossing the same platform. Ferries go to Naoshima's main Miyanoura Port from the port near Uno Station (¥290, 15 to 20 minutes, hourly). There are also ferries from Uno to the island's Honmura Port (¥290, 20 minutes, five daily). Heading back to Okayama at night, you may find trains from Uno have finished or are two hours away, in which case it can be better to take a bus to Okayama Station (¥650, one hour, one to two hourly) from outside Uno Station at bus stop 1.

From March to November daily (except Tuesdays) high-speed boats connect Miyanoura Port to to the port on tiny Inujima island (¥1850, 40 to 55 minutes, three daily), with most services stopping off first at Ieura Port on Teshima (¥620, about 30 minutes, two daily). A daily (except Tuesdays) high-speed boat also connects Honmura Port to Ieura Port (¥620, 20 minutes) from April to November at 11.15am.

Takamatsu is connected to Miyanoura Port by standard ferry (¥520, 50 minutes, five daily) and high-speed boat (¥1220, 25 minutes, five daily). There is also one daily (except Tuesdays) high-speed boat to Honmura Port (¥1220, 30 minutes) at 10.45am from April to November.

Ferry route maps and the latest timetables can be found on the Benesse Art Site website (www.benesse-artsite.jp/en/access) or at the tourist offices in Okayama and Takamatsu.