Located in the Setouchi sea of Japan, Shodoshima Island is an essential stop for anyone visiting in the region. The island has a lot to offer visiting tourists, bursting with natural beauty as well as cultural sights. Shodoshima is perhaps best known as the setting for the novel Twenty-Four Eyes written by Sakae Tsuboi, as well as its two film adaptions. Because of this, it’s often a popular destination for domestic tourism.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the best things to do in Shodoshima to ensure you make the most of your trip. Ferries run to the island from several notable cities in Japan, including Kobe, Himeji, and Okayama, making it easily accessible for anyone visiting the area.

Kankakei Ropeway

The Kankakei Ropeway provides a jaw-dropping view that’s not to be missed. This ropeway runs over Kankakei Gorge, a spectacular natural feature than runs through the centre of Shodoshima Island. After arriving at the upper station, located close to the island’s highest peak, you’ll be treated a gorgeous panoramic view of the area. Depending on what time of year you visit, you’ll receive a different but equally gorgeous view. In the later part of the year, for example, you can experience the gorge is in a lovely autumnal tone.

Soy Sauce Museum

Shodoshima is famed for its long history of soy sauce production dating back over 400 years. Because of this, it’d be a shame not to try some while visiting the island. One of the leading soy sauce producers on the island, Marukin, even run a soy sauce museum, which is the perfect place to learn about the history and production of the famous sauce.

Twenty-Four Eyes Movie Village

As mentioned above, one of Shodoshima’s main claims to fame is its background as the setting for the novel Twenty-Four Eyes. The film’s 1954 movie adaption is beloved by many people in Japan and around the world, and so many people visit the island to see the movie’s set. There are a number of attractions in the village, including a cinema that regularly shows the film, the schoolhouse used in the film as well as a number of cafes and gift shops.

Shodoshima Olive Park

A serene and naturally stunning olive grove, the Shodoshima Olive Garden has a lot of history behind it. Back in 1908, it was the first location where olives were successfully grown in Japan and still continue to grow there today. The area is also well known as the setting for the live-action version of Kiki’s Delivery Service, making it a frequent stop for fans of the film as well.

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