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Saturday, 2nd February 2019

The Times Magazine - Gemma Bowes

Top of the travel expert's 2019 bucket list are the Setouchi Islands - affectionately known as Japan's art islands. 2019 is a big year for Japan - not only is the country playing host to the world's biggest rugby tournament, the Setouchi Art Triennale Festival will be taking place throughout the year in three instalments. Expect new contemporary art installations and sculptures to take their place alongside long-term pieces such as Yayoi Kusama's iconic yellow pumpkin.

Whether it's sport or art that floats your boat, one thing is guaranteed - Japan will be at the top of many people's bucket lists this year - not just the travel experts!

Visit the Setouchi Art Islands on InsideJapan's 15-night Japan Arts Trail Self-Guided Adventure.