Top Things To Do In Shodoshima Island, Kagawa Prefecture

Best guide for Shodoshima, the biggest island in Kagawa Prefecture. It has so many places to see, such as Kankakei and Angel Road, that you can't see all of them in one day. Then, we selected top guides for Shodoshima from 'special places to travel in Japan' that were posted in City's Pride by travelers and the locals who have actually been there.

Top Things To Do In Shodoshima Island, Kagawa Prefecture [1-10]

1Road Of Hope (Kibo no Michi)

A Path Appearing By The Ebb And Flow Of The Tide

Joga-shima Island has a path that appears by the ebb and flow of the tide, just the same as a popular tourist spot Angel Road in Shodoshima. It's named 'Kibo-no Michi (Road Of Hope)', and has become more popular day by day. It's surrounded by beautiful clear seawater.

2Koseiwazuchi Shrine

A Big Stone Seems To Fall Down From The Mountain Top

A shintai (an object of a deity spirit) of Koseiwazuchi Shrine is Kasane-iwa Stone on the mountain top. It stands very close to the cliff above the Seto Inland Sea, which makes you wonder 'why doesn't it fall down?' or 'why dose it stand such a place?'.

3Angel Road

A Lover's Sanctuary♡ Angel Road Where Lovers Become Happy Forever

The sand beach appearing by the tidal range is called Angel Road, and it's said that lovers who cross this road by holding hands can become happy. I recommend to visit here at romantic dusk.

4Kodokutsu Cave

A Spiritual Power Spot Of Mysterious Cave Where The Air Changes In A Moment

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.

5Shodoshima Olive Park

A Best Photo Spot In Shodoshima Island

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.

61000 Years Old Huge Olive Tree

1000 Years Old Olive Tree Came Far From Spain

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.

7Shodoshima Olive Garden

Very Scenic Birthplace Of Olive Cultivation In Japan

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.

8Shodoshima Olive Park

A Film Set 'corico' Used In Ghibli Movie 'Kiki's Delivery Service'

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.

9Twenty Four Eyes Movie Studio

A Retro Photogenic Movie Studio You Can See The Old & New

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.

10Hosho-in Temple

Like Totoro's Forest. A Juniper 'Shimpaku' The Greatest In The World & A Special Natural Monument

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.


About Shodoshima Island

Shodo-shima belongs to Shozu-gun, Kagawa prefecture. The population is 30 thousand, the area is 155k㎡ and the circumference is about 145㎞. It's the biggest island in Kagawa and the next biggest after Awaji-shima in Seto Inland Sea. This is a popular island with many tourist spots, restaurants and hotels.

How To Get To Shodoshima Island

You need to use ferry. It's a big island with some ferry ports, and you can access from all quarters. From Takamatsu Port in Kagawa to Tonosho Port; 15 boats in a day, 1 hour by a big ferry, 690yen for one-way, or 5 boats in a day, 35 min by express boat, 1170yen. To Kusakabe Port; 5 boats in a day, about 1 hour , 690yen. To Ikeda Port; 8 boats in a day, 1 hour, 690yen. To Sakate Port; 3 boats in a day, 75 min, 690yen. Choose the convenient port as your destinations. And, from Okayama on the opposite bank, from Shin'okayama Port to Tonosho Port; 13 boats in a day, 70 min, 1050yen. From Uno Port to Tonosho Port; 3 boats in a day, 90 min, 1230 yen. You can also access from Himeji Port or Kobe Port in Hyogo Prefecture.

Means To Explore In Shodoshima Island

Bus, bicycle and car. Basically you need to use bus or car. We recommend to use car because you won't be restricted by time, but if you get aboard ferry with your own car, additional charges are required. It's can be better to rent a car after you arrive Shodoshima Island.

The Necessary Time To Explore In Shodoshima Island

23 days. Shodo-shima Island has about 145㎞ for circumference, and many tourist spots to see, it's difficult to see all of them in a day. If you want to enjoy all of the island, you need to stay.

Foods and Restaurants In Shodoshima Island

There're many restaurants, cafes, diners, and even capacious restaurants. You will have dinner at your hotel? Then we introduce recommendable places for lunch in the following.

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Accommodations In Shodoshima Island

There're many accommodations such as hotels and ryokan with beautiful scenery of Seto Inland Sea.

Shodoshima International Hotel

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