Updated: April 17, 2018
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Shodoshima Island, a Mediterranean Island in Japan!

Shodoshima Island is in Kagawa prefecture and is an interesting place to visit, as it seems like a Mediterranean island in Japan. It has beaches, resorts, and even olive plantations, which might confuse you and make you feel like you arrived to an island in Greece. But its great Japanese cuisine which will remind you you really are in Japan!

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Shodoshima Island

Shodoshima island is a beautiful island in Kagawa prefecture. "Shodoshima" (小豆島) means small bean island, perhaps because it is a big producer of soy sauce, and hence of soy beans. Although, now it is more famous for its olive plantations.

Due to its Mediterranean feel, with its beaches, resorts, coastal sceneries, etc., this island is very famous amongst tourists.

Also, this island is one of the venues for the Setouchi Triennale art festival.
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Attractions

When you visit Shodoshima island, you should definitely visit Teshima island where you can see some interesting art. The kankakei Gorge is also a beautiful place to visit.
Shodoshima island is home to some olive plantations, which helps to give it its Mediterranean atmosphere. There is also a fifty meter statue of Kannon that is quite impressive to see!

Activities

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If you've had enough of laying by the beach, there are still plenty of things to do on the island! Of course you can do some cycling, fishing, mountain climbing, etc.
In the mountains, you can see a lot of wildlife, and monkeys as well. Why not visit the monkey park for a fun family activity.
You can also get to the observatory, at the Kankakei gorges. You can access it with the cable car.
There is also a movie village to visit, Twenty-Four Eyes Movie Studio, where the 1954 "Nijushi no Hitomi" was filmed.

How to Get There

From Tokyo, the fastest way to get to Shodoshima, is by flying to Takamatsu Airport. You can then take the bus to the port, where you can then take the ferry to Shodoshima.

-You can also take a train to Himeji. From there you can take the 94 bus to Himeji port and get off at the last stop. You can then take the ferry to Shodoshima.
Lili Wanderlust
I love traveling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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