Late Fall in Shikoku - Day Two

Shodoshima: Much more than just olives

By Rey Waters    - 3 min read

We got up early for the one-hour ferry ride to Shodoshima - Olive Island. It was totally dark until we were halfway there, then we watched a very beautiful sunrise along the horizon.

Sun rise, Seto Sea
Sun rise, Seto Sea

We purchased a one-day bus pass at Tonosho Port and headed to Olive Park, then changed to another bus for Kankakei Gorge, one of the top three in Japan. You can choose to drive, hike, or take the five-minute ropeway over the gorge. This area is part of the Setonaikai National Park and a Place of Scenic Beauty. We hiked to three different observation platforms, which revealed unique views of the Seto Inland Sea and various rock formations caused by volcanic activity millions of years ago. We witnessed lots of song birds along the trails prior to the large crowds that followed behind us. Although only 2008 feet high, you get the feeling you are on top of the world with the many varied views of mountains, sea, and sky.

From the Shibocho viewing platform
From the Shibocho viewing platform

When we arrived back at Koun Hillside Ropeway Station the bus had just left, leaving us an hour plus before the next one. Checking our Google Map, we decided to take the trail down to Inotani Pond, an excellent choice. Most of the trail ran along a bubbling stream, and we reached the pond while there were still reflections of the fall colors.

 Inotani Pond
Inotani Pond

We finally caught the bus back to Olive Park to enjoy a meal containing local olive oil, washing it down with delicious olive cider. At Olive Garden I just had to try the olive soft-cream, which turned out to be very tasty.

Many young people were renting brooms to have their picture taken next to the Greek windmill, jumping in the air to look like they were flying witches. Apparently, this is from a movie that was filmed here titled "Kiki's Delivery Service'. Before catching our next bus, we walked among the many olive trees throughout the park and garden. In this area there are eight different types of olives grown from around the world.

Greek Windmill at Olive Park
Greek Windmill at Olive Park

We arrived back in Tonosho and walked to Dofuchi Strait, listed in Guinness Book of World Records as the narrowest strait in the world. After you cross over the bridge go to the town hall and for 100 yen you will receive a certification of your crossing.

Dofuchi Strait
Dofuchi Strait

We opted to take the rapid ferry back to Takamatsu, which took a little over 30 minutes. We arived just in time to catch the Kotoden train back to Ikkaku Restaurant for our second night of grilled chicken on the bone.

Getting there

There are several ferries that travel from Takamatsu to Tonosho Port. The most comfortable is the one hour Olive Island Ferry. The one day bus pass is 1,000 yen, which covers the entire island.

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Rey Waters

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Born in the U.S.A. - Worked 30 years in executive management high tech Industry, owned a management consulting firm and a wildlife art publishing company.  In 2012 completed the Ultimate Travel Writer’s course and published my first article Tower Hopping in Japan with Travel Post Monthly.  Since then I have published travel related articles and books in the U.S., Japan, and Costa Rica. As of 2018 I have traveled all 8 regions in Japan.   My objective in writing articles is to expose prospective tourists to areas of Japan outside the Tokyo - Kyoto corridor.   I enjoy writing about the outdoors, festivals, crafts, museums, local food, history, and the wonderful people I have met along the way. Residing in Yokohama for over eight years, I have explored the entire city by foot and have written about my experiences.   There is so much to see in Japan.

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Elena Lisina a month ago
I envy! Seriously! :)
Kim a month ago
Beautiful views!
Rey Waters Author a month ago
Yes, it was much nicer than the pictures show.