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Travel to Shodoshima Island Waiting for you with Inland Sea’s Beautiful Scenes, and Spend Your Time Leisurely

Shodoshima is a beautiful island located in the Inland Sea, which is blessed with warm weather and called a “Mediterranean Sea in Japan.” Your splendid voyage of about an hour starts when you get onboard a ferry and look at the brilliant Inland Sea and islands there under the sun.
In the Shodoshima Island, there are many scenic places for visitors to visit and appreciate, including a sand bank path in the Inland Sea connecting several islands called the Angel Road, the Olive Park and a gorge of splendid views called “Kanka-kei” which is said to be one of the three major scenic gorges in Japan and is designated as one of Japan’s special places of scenic beauty. Furthermore, visitors can enjoy eating olives which are one of the local specialties of Shodoshima, fine white noodles (called “soumen” in Japanese) and other delicious foods. Visitors can spend their time in a relaxed mood and must feel relaxed and refreshed.

Travel to Shodoshima Island Waiting for you with Inland Sea’s Beautiful Scenes, and Spend Your Time Leisurely

Complete Process :Three days / two nights
Takamatsu Airport
Travel Time:About 30 min

BusBus:About 30 min

inn Stay in Takamatsu City
Takamatsu City
Travel Time:About 90 min

WalkWalk:About 20 min

FerryFerry:About 60 min

Shodoshima Island (Tonoshou-kou Port)

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Hisashio-no-sato, a Soy Sauce Village in Shodoshimapic

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inn Stay at a Hotel in Shodoshima
Shodoshima Island (Tonoshou-kou Port)
Travel Time:About 60 min

FerryFerry:About 60 min

Port of Takamatsu
Travel Time:About 20 min

WalkWalk:About 20 min

Takamatsu Central Shopping Mallpic
Travel Time:About 15 min

TrainTrain:About 15 min

Ritsurin-koen Garden, One of Japan’s Special Places of Scenic Beautypic
Travel Time:About 30 min

BusBus:About 30 min

Takamatsu Airport

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Introduction to Spots
Shodoshima Olive Park, a Roadside Station
The park has a white “Greece-style Windmill” as its symbol, and is located in the place where olive trees were first planted in Japan. Please take your commemorative photos with sculptures and a white museum called the Olive Museum for the background! Adjacent to the museum, there are located an herb garden where visitors can find herbs of their choice, a hot spring facility called the “Sun Olive,” and a Greece-style lodge. Visitors can take courses to experience how to make potpourris as well as enjoy shopping olives, herbs and other local specialties there.
・Location: Kou 1941-1, Nishi-mura, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
・TEL: 0879-82-2200
・Website: http://www.olive-pk.jp/
Hisashio-no-sato, a Soy Sauce Village in Shodoshima
It is a traditional industrial sector in Shodoshima and has a long history to produce soy sauce. There is an area called “Hisashio-no-sato” (meaning a soy sauce village in Japanese) in Shodoshima, where old-style warehouses to ferment soy sauce and food factories to boil down preservative foods in soy sauce (called “tsukudani” in Japanese) stand side by side. These warehouses and food factories have traditional black board walls, and fragrant flavors of soy sauce float here and there. Ice creams mixed with soy sauce and tsukudani are also recommended!
* The ice creams are sold at the Marukin Soy Sauce Museum (Business hours up to 16:00I
・Address: Kou 1032-1, Umaki, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa Prefecture (Shodoshima Commerce and Industry Association)
・TEL: 0879-82-1011
・Website: http://kelly.olive.or.jp/
Kanka-kei
This gorge is reckoned among the “three major scenic gorges in Japan,” and it is designated as one of Japan’s special places of scenic beauty. Its rocky cliffs rise steeply, and they can be said as perfect beauty created by nature. There are two mountain trails for climbers to walk on to watch and appreciate the scenic beauty of Kanka-kei: Front Side 12 and Back Side 8. It is one of the highly recommended tourism courses in Shodoshima to climb up the gorge aboard an aerial tramway’s gondola, floating in the sky and going through between rocks for about 5 minutes in a one-way trip. If visitors have time, it is also recommended for them to climb up the gorge’s mountain trail for about 90 minutes in a relaxed manner. The gorge is covered by fresh green in spring and red leaves in autumn, and many visitors visit the gorge throughout the four seasons. At the top of the gorge’s mountain, there is a shop which sells a variety of local specialties in Shodoshima, which is popular among travelers to enjoy shopping there.
・Address: Kankake-dori, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
・TEL: 0879-82-2171
・Opening Times: 8:00 to 17:00 from October 21 to November 30, 8:30 to 17:00 from December 1 to December20, 8:30 to 16:30 from December 21 to March 20, and 8:30 to 17:00 from March 21 to October 20
・Fees: Kanka-kei Aerial Tram for one-way trip: JPY700 (adult); JPY350 (school children)
・Round trip: JPY1,250 (adult); JPY630 (school children)
・Website: http://www.kankakei.co.jp/
Angel Road
In Shodoshima, there are sand banks which appear twice a day at the Inland Sea’s low tide and serve as a path connecting several islands there. They are called the Angel Road, and it is said that the dream of a couple of a man and a woman in love will come true if they walk on the road hand in hand. When the road appears at the low tide, visitors can walk to the islands connected by the road. In the nearest island called Yoshima, there are full of heart-shaped votive pictures of horses (called “ema” in Japanese) decorated by couples in love with their wishes wrote on them. The price of such a votive picture is 500 yen per piece. The Angel Road was designated as a “sacred place for couples in love” in 2009, and a bell called “Yakusoku-no-kane” was newly constructed on a hill called “Yakusoku-no-oka.” The bell is a very popular spot among couples in love who wish fulfill their loves and young girls.
* Visitors are recommended to check when the low tide occurs beforehand.
・Address: Ginbaura, Tonoshou-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
・TEL: 0879-62-7004 (Commerce and Tourism Division, Tonoshou-cho Town Office)
Takamatsu Central Shopping Mall
(日本語) 商店街のほぼ全てを覆うアーケードは総延長が2.7kmあり、総延長では日本一の長さを誇る(単独商店街での日本一は大阪市の天神橋筋商店街で総延長2.6km)。その中心部に位置する高松丸亀町商店街は、再開発事業により着々と新店がオープンしており、町のシンボル・三町ドームから南北に伸びる商店街には、有名シェフが手がけるレストランや人気ブランドショップ、キュートなアイテムが並ぶ雑貨店などさまざまなジャンルの店がズラリ。気に入ったお店をのぞいてみよう!
(日本語) ・営業時間、定休日は各店ごとに異なる
・駐車場/あり(町営駐車場、有料)
・TEL 087-823-0001(高松丸亀町商店街振興組合)
Ritsurin-koen Garden, One of Japan’s Special Places of Scenic Beauty
This is a garden built in the Edo era by a domain lord family (called “daimyo-teien” in Japanese), and the domain lord family spent more than 100 years to complete its construction. A popular travel guidebook called “Michelin Green Guide Japan” (which is printed in English and French) introduced this garden and ranked it with three stars, and a U.S.A. specialist magazine on Japanese gardens ranked the garden very highly. This garden elegantly changes its beautiful views season by season, and visitors may wish to visit it again and again. The garden opens when the sun rises, and you can enter the garden very early in the morning and feel as if you were a domain lord. Located next to the garden’s east gate is a souvenir shop which is called “Ritsurin-an” and sells Kagawa’s local specialty products ranging from delicious foods to splendid crafts, where visitors can enjoy shopping.
・Locations: 1-20-16 Ritsurin-cho, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
・TEL: 087-833-7411
・Opening Time: 5:30 to 19:00 from June to August (the garden opens at sunrise and closes at sunset in respective months in principle)
・Holiday: None
・Entrance Fees: JPY410 (adult, etc.)
・Website: http://ritsuringarden.jp/