Shodo Island (Shodoshima)

Shodo Island (also known as Shodoshima) is a great one-stop island to have a first-hand experience of a rural Japanese lifestyle. Shodoshima has one of the most famous volcanic gorges in Japan (Kankakei Gorge) for its dynamic rocky landscape covered in Japanese maple trees. Shodo Island is also a good place to experience one of Japan’s “Senmaida” (one-thousand-rice-terraces), a rice terrace area which is a truly beautiful rural mountain scene. Shodoshima is also known for its olives (it is the origin of olive cultivation in Japan), soy sauce, wild monkeys (Japanese Macaques), and beautiful beaches. There are typical fisherman villages and Seto-island-sea cultural places to learn about the island’s history and the laid-back island life.
For those who are interested in delicious local island food, there is an interesting cafe called Komame Cafe (Komame Shokudo) in a renovated old wooden house. They also run sea-kayaking tours.

PrefectureKagawaSize153 sq kmPopulationApproximately 28,000AccessShodo Island is accessible by ferry from numerous locations; 70 mins from Okayama Port, 90 mins from Uno Port, 4.5 hours from Osaka Port, 1 hour from Takamatsu Port (Shikoku), etc. Getting aroundCar rental