Shodoshima Olive Park
Shodoshima Olive Park is a large park focused on Shodoshima's delicious olives. Containing an herb garden, olive museum, restaurants, and even onsen, there are many things to do, see, and eat at this must-visit destination.
It is one of two places in Japan that can produce olives. In addition to the gardens and entertainment facilities, there are also olive-related workshops for guests, like olive oil-making. In addition to the olives, the park is where Hayao Miyazaki's "Kiki's Delivery Service" was based on. You can emulate Kiki with an adorable free rental broom. Take pictures around the park and feel the magic of the island.
Kankakei is one of the three most beautiful valleys in Japan and is a popular sightseeing spot in the fall thanks to its red leaves. From the ropeway, you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire valley dyed red during the autumn.
Soy Sauce Village
Soy sauce production on the island has ongoing for more than 400 years. Twenty or more producers are still producing soy sauce and tsukudani (vegetable, fish, shell-fish or seafood boiled down into a sweet soy sauce) using traditional methods. The quarter where these manufacturers and their shops are gathered is called "soy sauce village". The quarter has its own unique characteristics, the streets lined by the black walls of cellars and the air filled with the savory essence of soy sauce. Some soy sauce manufacturers also offer tours of their cellars.
This road is built out of sand between Shodoshima and its neighboring island that only appears when the tide is out. According to the romantic local legend, if you walk along this road while holding hands with a special someone, your wishes will come true, this is a great place to visit on a date.
This nature park is located along the mountain path on the way to Kankakei gorge. Roughly 500 Japanese monkeys run loose within the park. Attractions for visitors include a feeding experience and monkey shows. Large groups of monkeys running towards someone holding their food is quite a spectacular scene.
Yokai Art Museum
If you are in the mood to learn more about Japanese tradition, be sure to stop by the Yokai Art Museum. This museum is all about yokai, or monsters and goblins common in folklore. The exhibits here are colorful, detailed, and even interactive.
This is a great indoor spot to enjoy with families and friends. There is also a souvenir shop and Setonouchi Shimameshiya, a cafe in the facility, so you can spend time here looking for unique gifts and enjoying local food.