"Nijushi no Hitomi" or "Twenty-Four Eyes" is a 1954 movie filmed on Shodoshima that follows the lives of a school teacher and her first class of students as they grow up on the island during the rise of Japanese nationalism in the leadup to WWII. After the shooting of a color remake in 1987, the movie set used for the filming was opened to the public as the "Nijushi no Hitomi Eigamura" movie village.
The movie set consists of an entire reconstructed village, including a school house, over a dozen homes, a shrine, a canal and a few fields. Visitors can enter all the buildings, some of which were transformed into restaurants, shops and small museums. The village conveys a nostalgic atmosphere of past decades, and is pleasant to explore even by those who have not seen the movie.
Among the buildings is also a restaurant that serves old fashioned school lunches, and an antique movie theater where the original movie is constantly shown. In two small museums, visitors can find out more about the writer of the original story and about Japanese cinema in general.
A few hundred meters away, along the road leading to the movie village, stands the school house from the original movie. Unlike the replica in the movie village, that school house was actually used as an elementary school from 1902 until 1971. Visitors may enter this school house, too, and tour the three wooden classrooms against a small entrance fee.
Infrequent buses along the Tanoura-Eigamura Line (田ノ浦映画村線) run to the movie village, which is at the final stop called Eigamura (映画村). The bus runs from Tonosho Port (70 minutes, 300 yen one way) and also stops at Kusakabe Port (30 minutes, 300 yen one way) and Sakate Port (15 minutes, 300 yen one way) along the way.
By car or taxi
Alternatively the movie village is accessible by rental car or taxi in about one hour from Tonosho Port (about 8500 yen by taxi), 45 minutes from Fukuda Port (about 7500 yen by taxi) or 25 minutes from Kusakabe Port (about 1200 yen by taxi).
220 yen (original school house only)
830 yen (movie village and original school house)
A discount coupon is available online.