If your travels are driven and dominated by art and architecture, Japan’s art islands seem designed specially for your desires — and then they deliver so much more. Hearing about them the first time, they sounded magical, almost unreal — islands filled with art — which I couldn’t believe I had never heard about. Only once you journey there, the fantasy and fun of it all materialises majestically. The island landscape that’s the backdrop for this art-inspired world often determines the art you will be viewing in what should be an extended trip — as many days as you possibly can pack in. Google was my first port of call when starting my research. And coming back following the visit, returning to that information, much of it only makes sense once you’ve been there. When your research says that you need at least three days, even that isn’t quite enough, but it will be worth your while. Some 3,000 islands are dotted in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan, which separates Honshu, Shikoku and Kyu...

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