Olive trees Shodo-shima to the inland sea.
The grooves Kanka-kei Shodo-shima.
The sandbar road angels.
Here, olive oil flows freely! Enjoying a somewhat unique climate, the island has been producing olives since 1908. Trees imported from Greece mingle with mountainous landscapes and make Shodoshima - the second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea - look like the Mediterranean coast.
But before being known for its olives, it was the production of soy sauce, dating back 400 years, which made the reputation of Shodoshima. Birthplace of the famous brand of soy sauce, Marukin, on the island you can discover the brand's museum, which looks like a traditional factory. The manufacturing process of this sauce, popular throughout the country, is detailed in Japanese and English.
"Camera... Action!"In Tanoura, in the south of the island, the remnants of the set from the 1954 film "Twenty-Four Eyes", which enjoyed phenomenal success with the Japanese, now make up a charming cinema village that is popular with visitors. Today, this museum-village gives us a great overview of the architecture of the Showa era!
Visiting the whole island takes time. There is a bus network, but it's best to have your own transport like a rental car. Rental bikes are also an option.
Among the Shodo-shima must sees: the Kankakei Gorges. In the center of the island, they are among the most breathtaking ravines in the country. Between these gorges, a cable car offers several exceptional views, both of the island and the inland sea.
To the southeast of the island, at low tide, Angel Road, a strip of sand that appears at low tide, connects Shodoshima with three other small islands, attract young lovers. Crossing the sandbar hand in hand is said to grant lovers eternal happiness. Along the way, the trees are decorated with shells and ema - wooden plaques with wishes written on them - symbolizing love...