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Shodoshima Island
# 116   of 178 destinations
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Shodoshima (小豆島, Shōdoshima) is the second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea and one of the first islands born to the gods in the creation myth of Japan. The name literally means "small bean island", which technically refers to the azuki bean but today would more fittingly refer to the soya bean or olive as the island has traditionally been a producer of soya sauce and now is even better known for its olive plantations.

Shodoshima attracts visitors with its Mediterranean atmosphere, offering beaches, resorts, coastal sceneries and a mountainous interior with one of Japan's most celebrated gorges, the Kankakei Gorge. Among Japanese tourists, the island is also well known as the filming location of a popular movie.

Shodoshima also serves as one of the venues for the Setouchi Triennale art festival. Some permanent art installations from the 2010 and 2013 festival can be seen around the island. These include several outdoor installations, most of which are concentrated around the port towns along the island's southern coast. Note that some of the artworks are closed on weekdays and during winter.

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Attractions
Shodoshima Island
 1  Soya Sauce
A local food product for centuries.
User rating: 83/100 (6 votes)
Visited by: 22 users
 2  Kankakei Gorge
Spectacular gorge in the mounatinous interior.
User rating: 82/100 (10 votes)
Visited by: 31 users
 3  Around the Island
Other attractions around the island.
User rating: 79/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 55 users
 4  Olive Park
Park on the site of Japan's first olive plantation.
User rating: 66/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 45 users
 5  Movie Village
Former movie set of a popular Japanese movie.
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Visited by: 21 users
 6  Monkey Park
Wild monkeys live in this park in the mountains.
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Visited by: 19 users
 7  Great Kannon
A fifty meter tall white statue of Kannon.
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Visited by: 15 users
  
Near Shodoshima
 1  Teshima Island
Another island with intriguing contemporary art.
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Visited by: 12 users
  

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User Rating (by 54 users):
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English Links
Shodoshima Town
Official English website of the municipality that makes up the eastern half of Shodoshima.

Japanese Links
Tonosho Town
Official website of the municipality that makes up the western half of Shodoshima.
Shodoshima Town
Official website of the municipality that makes up the eastern half of Shodoshima.

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