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 soy bean or olive as the island has traditionally been a producer of soy 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. The island is also known as the filming location of a popular movie.

Shodoshima serves as one of the venues for the Setouchi Triennale art festival. Some permanent art installations from past festivals 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.

Top attractions in Shodoshima

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Contemporary Art

Teshima Island

Another island with intriguing contemporary art.
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Museum

Movie Village

Former movie set of a popular Japanese movie.
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Zoo/Wildlife

Monkey Park

Wild monkeys live in this park in the mountains.
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Nature

Kankakei Gorge

Spectacular gorge in the mounatinous interior.
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Museum

Soya Sauce

A local food product for centuries.
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Food and Drink

Olive Park

Park on the site of Japan's first olive plantation.
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Temple

Great Kannon

A fifty meter tall white statue of Kannon.
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Access and Orientation