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Enjoy Kagawa's Shodoshima island for a reasonable price by bus!

April 28, 2019
NIPPON HODAI
It's packed with natural features and photo opportunities, and you can also enjoy some unique local specialties. Take the smart option and tour the island by bus!

Start with a smoothie in the morning!

Get off to a leisurely start in the morning with fresh juice! Begin your activities by replenishing some easily-lost vitamins. If you're hungry, grab a light breakfast like some toast!

Avocado smoothie 400JPY
Bruschetta / Quiche toast set 600JPY

■Route
On foot
⇩10 mins
プラットピット(Plat Pit)
香川県小豆郡土庄町甲1360-18
6:00-19:00
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Angel Road, a sacred place for lovers

The road at this romantic spot appears only twice a day at low tide! It is a popular sightseeing spot for lovers. Take someone's hand and walk across, and perhaps your wishes will come true? Look down over the Angel Road from the Yakusoku no Oka ("Hill of Promise") viewing platform, then ring the bell to swear your eternal love. The tourist information office sells votive pictures of horses made with seashells for 720JPY. For 780JPY, it comes with a leather "angel's amulet". Don't miss the winged angel mailbox either! Have a preview of the souvenirs available at the shop nearby.

■Route
On foot
⇩11 mins
エンジェルロード(ANGEL ROAD)
香川県小豆郡土庄町銀波浦
24 hours
http://www.town.tonosho.kagawa.jp/kanko/tnks/info133.html
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Stroll through the elegant streets

The town streets were constructed as a maze to protect the lives of the islanders from pirates, as well as to shield buildings and daily activities from the sea winds. Wander around the old-fashioned streets and take lots of pictures that will go down a storm on social media. Can you walk around without getting lost? A gallery, located in a distinctive old building, exhibits art depicting a variety of Japan's mythical monsters, so you can enjoy the art during your walk!

■Route
Bus: Nakayama Line (Tonoshoko ⇔ Shodoshima-chuokokomae)
Tonoshoko
⇩18 mins
Shodoshima-chuokokomae
小豆島迷路の街 ボランティアガイド協会(a mazea labyrinth village)
香川県小豆郡土庄町淵崎1389-12
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Terraced rice fields, one of Japan's classic rural landscapes

This rural scene, featuring large and small rice fields arranged in a staircase, was chosen as one of Japan's top 100 field terraces. When filled with water, the fields sparkle in the sunshine to produce a scene that you'll rarely see elsewhere. It's recommended to look down from the top!

■Route
On foot
⇩10 mins
中山千枚田(NAKAYAMA SENMAIDA)
香川県小豆郡小豆島町中山1486
24 hours
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Have a taste of Shodoshima Island

The signature meal here is the onigiri rice ball set. The seasonal side dishes are on a daily rotation, while the main dish features fresh seafood. How about a taste of seasonal Shodoshima produce and rice grown in the terraces right in front of you? Another specialty is the Shodoshima Olive Beef Burger, which can't be found anywhere else!

Onigiri rice ball meal: 1280JPY
Shodoshima Olive Beef Burger: 950JPY

■Route
Bus: Nakayama Line (Tonoshoko ⇔ Shodoshima-chuokokomae)
Kasugajinjamae
⇩15 mins
Shodoshima-chuokokomae

Bus: Sakate Line (Tonoshoko ⇒ Sakateko)
⇩15 mins
Sun-olive
こまめ食堂(KOMAME RESTAURANT)
香川県小豆郡小豆島町中山1512-2
11:00-16:00
Tuesday
http://www.dreamisland.cc/cafe/komame-cafe.html
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When it comes to Shodoshima, you can't miss Olive Park

Covered in olive trees, this park also features a Greek windmill. There is also a rare olive-colored mailbox. The park was also a shooting location for the 2014 live-action version of "Kiki's Delivery Service." The Olive Museum offers free rental of magic brooms. Pose as Kiki and take a photo!

■Route
On foot
⇩4 mins
道の駅 小豆島オリーブ公園(SHODOSHIMA OLIVE PARK)
香川県小豆郡小豆島町西村甲1941-1
8:30-17:00
http://www.olive-pk.jp/map/windmill.html
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Feel the excitement on the filming set of Kiki's Delivery Service!

This shop was also used as a filming location for Kiki's Delivery Service, serving as the bakery where Kiki works. A perfect spot for photos. The shop sells handmade sundry goods and herbal teas. It's full of all the things a girl could want — you might find it difficult to choose! Enjoy the sensation of being in a film as you do your shopping.

Flower Ear clips / Earrings: 1,700JPY – 2100JPY
Olive Tree Accessories: 1,500JPY – 1900JPY

■Route
Bus: Sakate Line (Tonoshoko ⇒ Sakateko) or Tanoura Eigamura Line (Tonoshoko ⇒ Eigamura)
Sun-olive
⇩37 mins
Eigamura
雑貨ハーブカフェコリコ(ZAKKA HARB CAFE CORICO)
香川県小豆郡小豆島町西村甲1941
8:30-17:00
http://www.olive-pk.jp/map/corico.html
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Feel the old Japan

Enjoy permanent exhibitions dedicated to the 1950s film Twenty-Four Eyes, and the 2011 film Rebirth, set on Shodoshima and the winner of 10 Japan Academy Awards. The school building on the cape is particularly recommended. Pretend you're a student from Japan's olden days and take a photo in the retro classroom!

Twenty-Four Eyes Movie Studio, Cape School Building Set Ticket: 830JPY

■Route
Tanoura Eigamura Line (Tonoshoko ⇒ Eigamura)
Eigamura
⇩21 mins
Noma
二十四の瞳映画村(TWENTY FOUR EYES MOVIE STUDIO)
香川県小豆郡小豆島町田浦甲931
9:00-17:00
http://24hitomi.or.jp/
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Visit Shodoshima's only sake brewery

Sake made with local Kagawa rice and spring water. How about picking out a favorite bottle from the cutely-named lineup of products? If you're not fond of sake, there is a bakery and cafe where you can buy bread rolls made with rice flour, so take a break and enjoy a snack as you walk around.

Bread roll: 150JPY (bakery)
Cake set: 600JPY (cafe)

■Route
Bus: Sakate Line / Southbound like for Fukuda Line (Up)
Noma
⇩10 mins
Kusakabeko
森國酒造(MORIKUNI SHUZO)
香川県小豆郡小豆島町馬木甲1010-1
9:00-17:00
Thursday
https://www.morikuni.jp/
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Watch the sea and enjoy Italian food

On the evening at the end of your Shodoshima journey, enjoy authentic Italian cuisine that uses lavish amounts of local produce. The owner and chef rents a field around the back of the restaurant where they grow their own basil, tomatoes, zucchini and herbs. The restaurant is on high ground, so you can watch the sea as you enjoy a meal of meat and fish that tastes as amazing as it looks.
リストランテフリュウ(RESTAURANT FU-RYU)
香川県小豆郡小豆島町草壁本町872-2
17:30-21:00
Thursday
http://furyu.co/
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