Where to Go on Shodoshima
Shodoshima is a big island with plenty of things to see and do. We recommend that you spend more than just a day on the island if you want to have enough time to explore everything there is to offer.
Choshikei Monkey Park
This park is inhabited with 500 or so wild monkeys that, fortunately, are very accustomed to visiting humans, and do not seem to mind us much at all. They roam around the area freely, and there are no barriers between them and visitors, so it gives you a good opportunity to get a very close look at the everyday life of Japanese monkeys. Be advised though that these monkeys are wild, and you should not provoke them by looking into their eyes, and they definitely don’t like you near their babies. Otherwise, there’s rarely a time when it’s not fun to be around monkeys. The park can only be reached by car or guided bus tours, as the regular bus network doesn’t reach this part of the island, so be prepared.
This big park is located at the place where the first olive trees were planted on Shodoshima. It combines beautiful surroundings with big olive plantations, a souvenir shop, an olive-themed onsen, and a replica of a Greek windmill. There is also a big garden shop located in a big greenhouse, as well as a café. Most bus lines that runs along the southern coastline stops here.
A scenic ravine that is considered one of the most beautiful of its kind in all of Japan. A cable car runs across it, giving you a good opportunity to take in the splendid views. A few restaurants as well as a souvenir shop and observation deck are located near the upper cable car station. The area also has several hiking trails. Only have A few daily bus connections during the peak season.
A theme park dedicated to the famous Japanese movie “Nijushi no Hitomi” or “Twenty-Four Eyes”. The movie is set during the decades before World War 2 broke out, and follows the career of a schoolteacher. Even if you’re not familiar with the movie, this park is worth a visit due to its faithful recreation of what a small Japanese village looked like at this time. Infrequent buses runs from Tonosho along the southern coast and all the way to the “Eigamura”, near the southeastern tip of the island.
Soy sauce production
A handful of soy sauce factories are located on Shodoshima. Several of these offer factory tours, and there’s even a small soy sauce museum located on the grounds of Marukin, one of the biggest of these producers, where you can learn more about how soy sauce production has evolved during the last 400 years. Most of the factory tours require advance reservations, but it’s simple enough to contact the Shodoshima tourist association if you need help with setting one up. Most of the soy factories are located on the eastern side of the island.