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Nature Spots in Shodo Island Area

  • Shodoshima Island
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    Kodo-cho, Shodojima-cho, Shodo-gun, Kagawa prefecture
    Floating in the Seto Inland Sea with its groves of olive trees, Shodoshima Island was also the stage for Sakae Tsuboi’s novel, Twenty Four Eyes. There is a whole host of things to do on the island including the Twenty Four Eyes Movie Village, the Olive Park, and the Nakayamano Tanada (terraced rice paddies), known as one of the best 100 rice terraced fields in Japan.
  • Kankakei
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    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Kankakedori
    Shodoshima offers scenery to enjoy in all four seasons. Kankakei, located nearly in the center of the island, is a valley located between the island’s highest peak of Mt. Hoshigajo and Shihozashi. Andesite and agglomerate, which formed approximately 13 million years ago due to volcanic activity, have turned over a long period of time into strangely shaped rocks and bizarre stones. From the ropeway visitors can enjoy fresh green foliage in the early summer, the intense colors of the leaves in the autumn, and the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea, and even encounter unusual flora and fauna on the hiking trail. It is ranked as one of Japan’s three most beautiful gorges, and this valley offers some of Shodoshima’s most picturesque scenery.
  • Utsukushi-no-hara Plateu
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Shodoshimacho Jin
    Upon the opening of a passageway for mountain buses to this central location on the island in 1959 these highlands were named the Utsukushi-no-hara Kogen. Until that time it had been called Shihozashi, meaning pointing four-directions as there is no visual obstruction in any direction. It is the only promontory on Shodo Island. From here one can see, below, the famous sites Kankakei Gorge, Utsumi Bay nearby, and Himeji or Awaji Island in the distance as well as a sweeping view of the Shikoku mountain range. From the observation deck, only 30 steps up from the ground, visitors have an magnificent panoramic view surrounded by various blooming trees that vary with each season. A wonderfully scenic spot during the daytime but it is also a popular site for enjoying the nightscape of the surrounding towns and islands. This observation deck, at only 777 meters in elevation is a representative spot on Shodo Island known where many enjoy the sunrise on New Year’s day.
  • Mt. Doun
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    Shodoshima cho Kodo-gun, Kagawa prefecture
    A mountain and the first station of 88 sacred places on the Shodoshima Pilgrimage on the island of Shodoshima. A stunning natural phenomenon occurs here known as the Summer Solstice Kannon, which may only be viewed from early June to mid-July; during this time, when sunlight pours into the mountain's cave, the light striking the walls looks like a figure of the deity Kannon, and each year many people visit here to see the sight.
  • Mt.Hoshigajo (Mt.Kenso)
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    Kagawa
  • Mt.Kenso
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    Kagawa
  • Olive Beach
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Shodoshima Cho Nishimura
  • Silver Beach
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Tonoshocho Komi Ko
  • Kankakei
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Shodoshima Cho Kankakedori
  • Setokaisuiyokujo
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    Kagawa Pref. Shozu County Shodoshima Town Sakate
  • Miyanohamakaisuiyokujo
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    Kagawa Pref. Shozu County Tonosho Town Teshimaieura
  • Choshikei
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Tonoshocho Hitoyama 1341
  • Kasaneiwa
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    Kagawa Pref. Shouzuguntonoshouchou
  • Awaji Dam
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Shodoshima Cho Yasuda
  • Uchinomi Dam
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Shodoshima Cho Kankakedori Chisaki
  • Kanegasaki Cape
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Shodoshimacho
  • GongenBana
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Shodoshimacho
  • Arashima Island
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Tonoshocho
  • Kojima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Shozu-gun Shodoshimacho
  • Jogashima Island
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    Kagawa Shozu-gun Shodoshimacho

Kagawa Areas

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Japan's smallest prefecture, Kagawa, may take up just a small corner of Shikoku, but it has grown increasingly popular with the recognition of Naoshima, its "art island" in the Seto Inland Sea between Shikoku and Honshu. Just a stone's throw from the islands, mainland Kagawa's prefectural capital, Takamatsu, holds history in its castle ruins and its pride and joy, Ritsurin Garden, is known as one of the country's best gardens.

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