Shodoshima Island's Tour Guide

Best things to do in Shodoshima, the biggest island in Kagawa prefecture. It has so many places to see that you can't see all of them in one day. Then, we selected top tourist spots from among the City's Pride by travelers who actually have been there.

Angel Road

The Engel Road appears twice a day and totally for only 8 hours at low tide. So, it's 33% emergence rate. if you go there, you must check the time.

Shodoshima Olive Park

Located at Shodoshima Olive Park, The Greek Windmill was built as a proof of a sister island to Milos Island. And this windmill facing to the beautiful Seto Inland Sea and surrounded with olive trees is a best place to take pictures in Shodoshima Island.

A live-action movie 'Kiki's Delivery Service' of Miyazaki Movie used this open set. It's located in Shodoshima Olive Park and appeared as a bakery Kiki worked for. The shop 'corico' now sells cute goods and herbs with the movie's atmosphere as it is.

Introduced at Setouchi Triennale, because of its catchy figure, it's now very popular work by Hisakazu Shimizu. It's so functional for the art work to have a hollow to put fruit or vegetables as a stall!

1000 Years Old Huge Olive Tree

This huge olive tree bears flowers and fruits even now the age of 1000. The unique shape also has the strong life force. Located at a lookout point, it could be nice for you to sit on a bench near the tree and enjoy the Shodoshima Island's time passing slowly.

Shodoshima Olive Garden

Shodoshima Olive Garden is the birthplace of olive cultivation in Japan. Lovely paths encircled with pale green olive trees, and the beautiful scenery of Seto Inland Sea between the trees, that are the garden's attractions. They have a restaurant and a shop within the garden.

Shodoshima is a first place where succeeded in olive cultivation. And, Olive Garden has the oldest tree that has borne fruit for 100 years. I was fascinated by its aura totally different from others.

A national park Kanka-kei Gorge

Kagawa's best autumn scenery, Kanka-kei Gorge. The beautiful and impressive view can be seen from the observatory as high as the top of Tokyo Sky Tree. Takatori Observatory offers the superb view!

It was faster than I expected, and arrived at the top in 5 minutes, so you should concentrate the beautiful view.

Shihozashi Observation Deck

The Utsukushi no Hara Kogen is only plateau in Shodoshima and lucky altitude 777m. You can see the superb view with Setouchi sea and the sky and also famous Kankakei valley. So, you can feel energy of Shodoshima Island.

Shodoshima Furusatomura

I felt like sitting on the sea. A sound of waves, breeze and birds singing. You could feel the sense of unity with the nature.

Nakayama Senmaida

There is the only one such a beautiful landscape of rice terrace in Kagawa that is selected as the best 100 in Japan. As you see, the contrast between blue and green is nice. I think it symbolizes peaceful Shodoshima Island. As the roads to the photo spots are narrow, going on foot is better than by a car.

Yamaroku Shoyu

Although it costs much, we have to pass down the genuine taste of naturally brewed by wooden bucket; their words are impressive. The warehouse is designated as a tangible cultural property. And their soy sauce brewed in wooden buckets, made over 100 years ago, is the real genuine taste that the technological advances can't imitate.

One of a few soy sauce shops brewing naturally in wooden buckets, 'Yamaroku Shoyu' provides you with mochi grilled on Shichirin only in winter. Yaki-mochi with this rare soy sauce tastes better than that of anywhere!

Yamaroku Café is just in front of the warehouse and you can enjoy the taste and the smell of soy sauce. Spread the proud 'Tsurubishio' (a kind of their soy sauce) on vanilla ice cream. And Tamba Kuromame (black soybean) stewed with sugar and Tsurubishio. This delicious multiplication of sweet and saltiness, and the surprising aftertaste like caramel, we totally admired, indeed.

Kodokutsu Cave

Kodokutsu Cave is one of the sacred places in Shodoshima Island. You enter the cave from a gate with the calm sea, then the air changes completely. It's a popular spiritual power spot that is said to have a divine grace for luck with money and improvement of sickness above neck.

Hosho-in Temple

Shimpaku is a kind of juniper and popular for Japanese 'Bonsai'. At Hosho-in Temple, this sacred tree is said to be 1500 years old and the only Shimpaku that designated as a special natural monument. It's like a tree where Totoro and Mei met for the first time (in Ghibli movie),and very mysterious.

Twenty Four Eyes Movie Studio

A school building used in a movie 'Twenty Four Eyes' as an open set. From the nostalgic classroom, the scenery of beautiful Seto Inland Sea can be seen. You can be in like a one scene of a movie.

A movie studio of an open set in a movie 'Twenty Four Eyes'. It has retro photogenic scenery and also the view of Seto Inland Sea. Let's take picturesque photos here.

Such as retro posters and torii gates like a film set, you can take interesting pictures by just walking around in this retro photogenic spot. On the other hand, it has some fashionable sides such as a restaurant of local food and a modern art.