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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Shodoshima Seto Inland Sea

Shodoshima is the second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea. I'm kind of fascinated by the many islands of Japan, and my daughter and I had enjoyed Nokonoshima in Fukuoka several months earlier. Shodoshima turned out to be much different than Nokonoshima.

Shodoshima Seto Inland Sea.

The ferry ride from Takamatsu Port takes about an hour. There are high speed boats available if you want to arrive faster, but the regular ferry is pretty nice and it's a pleasant ride over.

When we arrived, the first thing I noticed was a peculiar scent in the air. We were engulfed in a powerful odor my daughter thought smelled like nuts. In a few minutes we located the source - it was a soy sauce factory. Gotta tell ya, it did not smell good at this stage of production. We decided to walk in a different direction.

Soy Sauce Factory, Shodoshima.

Unfortunately, walking is not the best idea. The town map displayed many interesting attractions, but the directions were vague. We surmised one had to travel by car or bus to reach these places. Where we did walk was in the city, and I was disappointed with Shodoshima because it was exactly like mainland Japan. There was nothing special about it being an island. Unlike quirky Nokonoshima, Shodoshima was urbane and modern.

Shodoshima olives, Seto Inland Sea.

Shodoshima does have a regional specialty which is olives. The trees line the streets and in the souvenir shop near the ferry landing there are all kinds of olive-based products. But I do not like olives, so I was unwilling to take a chance on olive cookies or candy. Instead, I bought some olive soap and lotion, plus a pretty hand towel, to give as a gift.

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  1. Unfortunately, if all you did was walk the streets of Tonosho (I assume that you were in Tonosho), yes, Shodoshima looks like any other small city in Japan.
    But you also missed 95% of what makes Shodoshima a wonderful and beautiful place, that is its villages, its countryside and its South-East part which is picturesque beyond words.

  2. Ah, so glad to hear that. Thanks!


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