Ogijima

Kita Tomomi

Oct 9, 2017

Ogijima, also affectionately known as “Cat Island”, is a must-visit if you’re a cat lover like me. It is full of many adorable cats! The island is located in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea, but it’s not difficult to get there. You can take either of the two ferries operated by Shiyuujima Kaiun – “Meon” and “Meon 2” – from Takamatsu Port. The ferry ticket is 510 yen per adult, and the duration is about 40 minutes.

Now, here’s some background on the island. There are about 170 people living there, and they are like a close-knit, big family. The islanders are very hospitable and welcoming of visitors. Also, every three years, Ogijima plays host to the Setouchi International Art Festival. If your trip happens to coincide with the festival, you’ll get treated to a visual feast of art works that uses the space on the island to create a feeling of surreal wonder.

男木島(Ogijima)は瀬戸内海(Setonaikai)中部(Cyubu)に位置する島で、高松港から運行している雌雄島海運(Shiyuujimakaiun)のフェリー「めおん2」「めおん」(男木島:大人510円)で40分ほどで渡ることができます。人口は約170人程と、とても小規模な島ですが、その分島民は一つの大きな家族のような結束力に溢れ、観光客を温かく迎え入れてくれます。また、3年に一度開催される瀬戸内国際芸術祭(Setouchi International Art Festival)の舞台としても有名で、島内に残るさまざまな芸術作品は島を非日常(Hinichijyou)の空間へと誘っているようで不思議な感覚に陥ります。男木島は別名「猫の島」とも言われるほどたくさんの猫もいるので、猫好きな人は必見です。

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