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Shodoshima Island (小豆島）
Shodoshima is the center of the Seto Inland Sea National Park and is the 19th largest island in Japan. It has an area of about 170m2, including over 20 independent islands.
The population is about 13,000. (As of 2020) In the old days, it belonged to Kojima-gun in Kibi and Bizen, but salt was produced from the Yayoi era, and it developed into a salt manor, such as the Onnadai area, the imperial family, and shrines.
At the strategic point of the Seto Inland Sea, fishing, shipbuilding, and boating were thriving, but it became a landfill of the Toyotomi family and was designated as Kagura by the Edo Shogunate. In addition, since around the 10th century, the island seemed to be one of the bases for pirates and had cooperated with Kishu Kumano Navy and Iyo Village Kami Navy.
The immediate control of the shogunate and other governments in the early modern era was due to the use of the island’s navy. In the Edo period, when the production of salt, which was known for its high quality, became overproduced, it switched to a soy sauce production area and supported the island’s economy along with fine noodles and stone materials. In the middle of the Edo period, the island became custody of the Sanuki Takamatsu clan, and in the latter half, the eastern part of the island became custody of the Iyo-Matsuyama clan.
Shodoshima is a remote island floating in the Seto Inland Sea. Surrounded by calm waters and a mild climate, there are many scenic and photogenic spots on the island, such as Olive Park, Angel Road, and Kankakei. “There are many places that are familiar as locations for movies and dramas, and they are attracting attention as destinations for women and young people.
Angel Road (Angel’s promenade)
The road “Angel Road” that emerges from the sea at low tide twice a day between Benten Island, Nakayu Island and Oyo Island. It is said that your wish will come true when you hold your hand along with this important road. Bentenjima’s Promised Hill Observatory is also known as a lover’s sanctuary, where you can ring the bell of happiness while watching Angel Road.
|Address||〒761-4661 Kagawa, Shozu District, Tonosho,|
Road Station Shodoshima Olive Park
The roadside station where about 2,000 olive groves and about 120 kinds of herbs are grown on a small hill overlooking the sea. It is packed with photogenic facilities such as a white Greek windmill reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea, the “Olive Memorial Hall” that introduces the history of olives, and a miscellaneous herb cafe that uses the shooting set of the live-action movie “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. Olive and herb craft and one-day hot springs are also popular.
Shodoshima Olive Garden
About 100 years ago, Shodoshima Olive Garden was opened as the birthplace of olive cultivation in Japan. There are about 2,000 olive trees on the site overlooking the sea, about 2,000 olive trees, Japan’s oldest log of olive wood, and sculptures by Isamu Noguchi, which are popular among children. I also recommend my olive oil production experience and homemade olive products.
|Address||〒761-4434 Kagawa, Shozu District, Shodoshima, Nishimura, 甲1941-1|
The scenic spot of Seto Inland Sea National Park, one of Japan’s three most spectacular sceneries. The magnificent scale consisting of 12 scenes on the front and 8 scenes on the back, and the variety of natural beauty, is particularly famous for its autumn beauty. Approximately 50 kinds of autumn leaves cover the whole valley and attract what you see. Not only can you enjoy the view from the ropeway, but it is also recommended to observe the autumn leaves up close on the one-way trail, which takes about one hour.
|Price||1890 yen (Adult) 950 yen (Child)|
|Address||168 Kankakedori, Shodoshima, Shozu District, Kagawa 761-4433|
Whether it is natural or man-made, a mysterious huge rock that has not been revealed even locally. In the past, this area was a place where a large stone was quarried for the construction of Osaka Castle, and it is said that it may be left behind. The exquisite layers that seem to fall and not fall and the shrines in the gaps between the rocks are mysterious and are popular as a power spot where natural energy falls along with the scenery of Setouchi that spreads below.
|Address||Ko, Tonosho, Shozu District, Kagawa 761-4100|
Malkin soy sauce, founded in 1907, was renovated and opened as a souvenir factory built in the early Taisho era. Inside the Gassho-style building, which has been designated as a registered tangible cultural property of the country, soy sauce tools, manufacturing methods, the history of the island, etc. are introduced in an easy-to-understand manner using mannequins and panels. A product hall where you can purchase soy sauce, such as “first squeezed raw” soup, prepared in a wooden tub of the natural brewery is also adjacent.
|Address||1850, Noma, Shodoshima, Shozu District, Kagawa 761-4421|
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