Shodoshima (Kagawa Prefecture) is a beautiful, green island located to the north-east of Shikoku, its larger neighbour, in the Seto Inland Sea in the south-west of Japan.
The island is synonymous with the olives that have been cultivated here since the early 1900s. A journey across its terrain allows visitors to marvel at staggering gorges, breathtaking rice paddies, and views of the tranquil sea and neighbouring islands.
Shodoshima is also home to a vibrant art culture - there is a recommended tour of art spots, the coastal road around Fukuda Port is lined with statues, and the ‘maze town’ of Tonosho houses many fascinating installations.
Local industry is dominated by the production of sesame oil and soy sauce, with the aromas from the factories around the ports of Kusakabe and Tonosho hanging heavy in the hot summer air.
One of the 100 hidden towns in Japan chosen for this publication.