Sightseeing

Olive Park

Olive Park

The Olive Park stands on a peaceful plateau, overlooking the many beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea. In addition to the olive groves, there is also a garden with lavender and 200 other kinds of herbs, a tennis court, a Mediterranean-style lodge and the Sun Olive spa where one can enjoy an herbal bath.

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Kankakei Gorge

Kankakei Gorge, one of Japan's three most beautiful gorges, was formed over a period of 2 million years. The gorge is filled with rocks shaped into strange forms by the power of both rain and wind. In autumn the maple trees turn vivid colors, attracting large numbers of tourists who come to enjoy and view the colorful leaves.

Kankakei Gorge

There are a number of lookout points about the peak, where one can also snatch a panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea.

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Shodoshima Public Hostel and Furusato Village

Furusato Village

This location brings together a variety of accommodation options, including a public hostel, lodge and camping ground, as well as a number of recreational facilities for visitors to make use of. There is a tenobe somen hall, family pool, tennis courts, exercise ground and gymnasium. In the evening, the public hostel offers a stunning view of the Seto Inland Sea.

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Tanoura Branch School

Tanoura Branch School

This old branch elementary school was built in 1902, and has been preserved since it closed in 1971. The building is composed of two small classrooms and a teacher's room. Thanks to the fame of the movie "Twenty-four Eyes", this is a popular spot with many young people aspiring to become teachers.

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The "Twenty-four Eyes" Movie Studio

The novel "Twenty-four Eyes" was first made into a movie in 1954, and a remake was released in 1987. The "Twenty-four Eyes" movie studio was used as the set for this second version of the movie, and preserves the atmosphere of the early 20th century. The Densyou-Giku runs through the movie studio, where oddly enough, salt-water fish can be seen swimming. Carp banners and rape blossoms await you.

The "Twenty-four Eyes" Movie Studio

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Nakayama Senmaida Paddy Field and Nakayama Farming Village Kabuki Stage

A traditional rice field called Senmaida has been preserved in the Nakayama region in central Shodo Island. The name literally means "a thousand rice fields", which refers to the tiny divisions of the mountainside in order to make it suitable for cultivation. The traditional Farming Village Kabuki Stage is located nearby, allowing one to get a taste of old Japan.

Nakayama Senmaida Paddy Field and Nakayama Farming Village Kabuki Stage

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Marukin Soy Sauce Museum

Marukin Soy Sauce Museum

Chances are you've heard of soy sauce, Japan's most famous seasoning, but have you ever seen it being made? This building serves as a combined factory and museum, providing easy-to-understand explanations of the soy sauce manufacturing process. Experience this mysterious fermentation process first-hand. A row of soy sauce warehouses nearby allow visitors to catch a glimpse of the past.

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Yoshida Auto Camp Site

Yoshida Auto Camp Site

The Yoshida Auto Camp Site is one of the few campsites in Japan to feature a natural hot spring. In addition to providing a space to camp, all kinds of camping goods are available for rental. A swimming beach and mountains suitable for rock climbing are nearby, allowing you to enjoy nature to the fullest. It is also possible to use the site just for the hot spring.

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Shishi-Gaki

Shishi-Gaki

"Shishi" means "wild boar", and "gaki" means a stone wall. This was a stone wall built along a ridge line, to keep swine and deer away from agricultural crops. The wall was originally built in Japan's Edo era (1603-1867) and could be seen from any location on the island. However, the wall fell into disrepair, and today the only section still in its original shape can be found in the Nagasaki region. You might call it a (very!) miniature version of the Great Wall of China.

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