Shodoshima
Explore Shodoshima
Shodoshima
Shodoshima
Explore Shodoshima

Shodoshima is a venue of the 2019 Setouchi Triennale:
Spring Session:   April 26 to May 26
Summer Session:   July 19 to August 25
Autumn Session:   September 28 to November 4

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. Around 40 artworks can be seen on the island during the 2019 Setouchi Triennale. The art pieces are spread across the island, with most of them concentrated around the port towns along the southern coast. Some permanent art installations from past festivals remain, including several outdoor installations.

Top attractions in Shodoshima

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Contemporary Art

Teshima Island

Another island with intriguing contemporary art.
4.3 / 5
33
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Museum

Movie Village

Former movie set of a popular Japanese movie.
4.2 / 5
38
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Zoo/Wildlife

Monkey Park

Wild monkeys live in this park in the mountains.
4.1 / 5
29
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Nature

Kankakei Gorge

Spectacular gorge in the mounatinous interior.
3.9 / 5
56
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Museum

Soya Sauce

A local food product for centuries.
3.6 / 5
38
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Food and Drink

Olive Park

Park on the site of Japan's first olive plantation.
3.2 / 5
77
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Temple

Great Kannon

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