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Best Restaurant of Shodoshima in the Seto Inland Sea
- The Seto Inland Sea lies between Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. Of the many islands in the Seto Inland Sea, the second largest is the Shodoshima. It is otherwise known as Setouchi Art Islands, or more commonly known as “Olive Island” having its history as Japan’s first location for the successful cultivation of olives.Many tourists use the hotels at Shodoshima as a base for visiting the Setouchi Art Islands, a group of islands including Shodoshima in the Seto Island Sea which host a tri-annual art festival focused on contemporary art.Let’s take a look at some of Shodoshima’s specialty gourmets and fashionable cafes. Nakabuan Somen Nakabuan is a long established somen noodle making shop, and in more recent times a restaurant also. Here you’ll be able to enjoy rare experience of eating freshly made, raw somen noodles which have a chewy, rice cake-like texture. However, please be aware that the noodles aren’t available after 2p.m., so don’t leave your visit for too late in the day!Nakabuan is approximately 10-minute drive or a challenging long walk from Kusakabe Port, so we recommend travelling to the shop using a rental car, bicycle, or motorcycle. Nakabuan Morikuni Sake Brewery Morikuni Sake Brewery Morikuni Sake Brewery is a sake brewery with a stylish atmosphere. The brewery’s café and bar offer a variety of spirits, as well as cakes and ice cream made from alcohol. Their cake set is especially recommended!The brewery is about 20 minutes by bicycle from Kusakabe Port. Cake Set Morikuni Sake Brewery Morikuni Bakery Morikuni Bakery If you want to eat delicious bread, head for the bakery next to Morikuni Sake Brewery! You can chill out in the trendy cafe whilst eating carefully prepared bread rolls and organic drinks made using the rice flour from sake rice! Morikuni Bakery Morikuni Bakery Creative Cuisine Nonoka Hishio don Shodoshima is famous for its soy sauce production, and this restaurant can be found in an area called Hishio no Sato (Soy Sauce Village), where Shodoshima's soy sauce breweries once flourished. Of the original 400 or so soy sauce producers in the area, around 20 remain to this day, which is enough to have you notice the alluring savory aroma of soy sauce drifting around in the air when you visit.Nonoka’s Hishio Don (rice bowl dish) is made using generous amounts of Shodoshima's soy sauce and local seafood and vegetables, and is a gourmet specialty of the island that you'll definitely want to try when visiting Shodoshima! The ingredients in the Hishio Don rice bowls differ by restaurant, so it's a tasty bit of fun comparing each one.Hishio no Sato is close to Sakate Port and a 5-minute walk from the Magi Bus Stop. Creative Cuisine Nonoka OLIVAZ OLIVAZ OLIVAZ is a restaurant located within the grounds of Shodoshima’s main tourist attraction, Olive Park. The concept of this shop is to enjoy delicious dishes using Shodoshima’s famed olive oil.The restaurant offers unique dishes using olive oil, such as Chilindron rice, which is a local Spanish dish that uses healthy five-grain rice combined with vegetables and chicken stewed in tomato sauce. And also, OLIVAS Salad Pizza with fresh vegetables and soft-boiled eggs.OLIVAZ is about 4 minutes ride on bus from Kusakabe Port. OLIVAZ Café & dining OASIS Café & dining OASIS Café & dining OASIS is located on the first floor of OASIS, a casual yet stylish hotel located about 10 minutes by car from Tonosho Port.The café is an Italian diner which serves exquisite, authentic Italian dishes that use Shodoshima's premium olive oil. Vegetables are purchased locally from Shodoshima farmers, and mountain spring water is used in the cooking to help create delicious and luxurious dishes. Café & dining OASIS Komame Shokudo Komame Shokudo Komame Shokudo is a café opened in a renovated old private house in the mountains of Shodoshima. Overlooking rice terraces, its spectacular views are a must to see when visiting the café. However the food also holds appeal, with the popular menu item “Rice Terrace Onigiri Set” being made with rice grown in the instagrammable rice terraces seen from the café’s doorstep. The side dishes change seasonally and there is also a lunch box option available for take-out.To access the café, take a bus from Tonosho Port (20 minutes by bus) or Ikeda Port (10 minutes by bus) and get off at Nakayama Kasuga Shrine where you’ll see the café next to the bus stop. Komame Shokudo Lunch Box HOMEMAKERS HOMEMAKERS Located about 15 to 20 minutes by car from Tonosho Port or Ikeda Port, Homemakers is another café inside a 120 year old private house. The café’s staff grow organic vegetables, fruits and herbs and use them in their dishes, as well as creating special, exquisite syrups and dressings made with homemade ginger, lemons and daidais from the island. When eating here you’ll definitely have a lunch blessed by the delights of Shodoshima’s natural product.Please note that Homemakers is open only two days per week i.e., Friday and Saturday. Its best to check if its open prior to your visit. 405 CAFE Maze Town Store 405 CAFE Maze Town Store Tonosho Honmachi, which has long been known as Maze Town, is full of attractions such as museums, cafes and souvenir shops. 405 CAFE [Maze Town Store] is one of those, featuring a special homemade catalana which is popular enough to be an attraction itself. Sure to refresh your mind and body, the café sells authentic coffee made using carefully selected organically grown beans, and smoothies which use fresh island fruits.For those keen for some exercise Tonosho Honmachi can be reached in about 30 minutes on foot from Tonosho Port, but for most people the much quicker and easier bus trip is recommended. 405 CAFE Maze Town Store ©NAVITIME JAPAN. 旅行ガイド 楽しい旅をサポートする、便利なお役立ち情報をお届けします。
The Life of an Setouchi Islander
- The Setouchi Inland Sea is Japan’s largest inland sea, situated between the biggest of the country’s four main islands, Honshu, and the smallest – Shikoku. It boasts some of the country’s most spectacular scenery, has an incredibly laid-back vibe, a long history in the fishing industry, is famous for its olives and olive oil, and also hosts the internationally renowned Setouchi Triennale Art Festival every three years. The Setouchi Inland Sea is made up of over 300 islands, of varying sizes, many of which are uninhabited. As amazing as all this sounds though, the area also has its share of problems, and the root of many of these problems is depopulation, which seems to be happening at an alarming rate across the area. This coupled with an ageing population means some of the islands and their communities are potentially on the brink of disappearing.Small groups of people from around Japan, and indeed the world, however, are upping sticks, banding together and making their way to the islands to help breathe new life into these communities. Couples and individuals are setting up homes and businesses in an attempt to attract others to the area for both vacationing and to live. Here we will meet some of these people and learn a little about what they’re doing in the Setouchi islands. Home Makers Meet the Mimura’s, also known as Home Makers! Taku and his wife Hikari moved to the island of Shodoshima in 2012 with their five-year-old daughter, where they now run a small organic farming business with the help of several keen locals. They grow over eighty kinds of vegetable in their fields including a variety of onions, potatoes and radishes, as well as a wide selection of herbs. These are then sold through their shop to the local community or passing travelers, or prepared and served as delicious meals in their café. They also make a variety of salad dressings, syrups for drinking and other condiments to take home and spruce your cooking up with. Pizza Haruya Meet Haruo Shiroishi! Born and raised in Shikoku himself, he now caters to the many people who visit the island of Teshima by preparing delicious Italian style stone-baked pizzas in the back of his mobile kitchen – which is also known as Pizza Haruya. Haruo started his business in 2016, offering freshly baked pizzas that use locally sourced ingredients at very reasonable prices (600 yen and up). Items on the menu include all the usual suspects – Margarita pizza, Four Cheese pizza, Mixed Herb pizza... and also some more regional specialties including Teriyaki Chashu Pork pizza, and even Shodoshima Plum and Custard pizza! Dorima no Ue Meet Miyoko Kobayashi! Miyoko who is originally from Tokyo, moved to Shikoku back in 1980s, where she worked happily as a school teacher for many years. During this time she also became interested in farming and started to tend to crops on Ogijima island. Over time this became much more than just a hobby for her and in 2015 she made it a full-time lifestyle choice when she moved permanently to Ogijima to raise crops and teach others about organic and sustainable farming practices. Miyoko now runs a small café and lodge on the island, where she offers guests a wealth of information on sustainability and wellbeing through natural foods. Visitors to her guest house are encouraged to visit her fields with her in the early morning and see where their breakfast comes from, her passion for education and knowledge is more than clear from these early morning excursions! Once breakfast is picked from the fields, it is served inside a wood cabin! Her teachings for guests don’t end there either, she is deeply passionate about history and tradition, and is keen to teach visitors all about the evolution of mankind not only on the island but also about throughout Japan. Ogijima Library Meet the Fukui’s! Yamato was born and raised on the tiny and very picturesque island of Ogijima, but left to study at university on the mainland as a young adult. He met his wife Junko, who is originally from the Tohoku region in Osaka, where they both studied and worked for several years.During one of their many trips back to the island to see Yamato’s family they pondered the idea of relocating to the island themselves to be both close to his family and also to help rebuild a community that was slowly thinning out. They made enquiries about local schools, for their daughter only to be told that the islands only elementary school had closed down due to a lack of children on the island – at this point there were exactly zero children living there. After lots of hard work and lobbying, the authorities finally agreed to open the school once again to allow the Fukui’s and other families with young children to make the move to Ogijima. Yamato and Junko now live happily on the island with their daughter and have built a library for the local community to use. The shelves are stacked with a wide range of books, mainly in Japanese but also in English. School kids drop in after lessons to learn, read comic books and just hang out. Locals enjoy it as a place to meet and keep up to date with a variety of books. Visitors to the island can also pop in and read a bit about the history of the area too. Borrowing books from the library requires no cost, but a small fee of just 100 yen is required to join. The whole operation runs on donations kindly made by the public. As well as a place for bookworms, they also operate a small café from the premises offering visitors both hot and cold drinks as well as snacks. Morikuni Shuzo Meet Midori Ikeda! Midori arrived on the island of Shodoshima with her daughter Aki in 2005, to take over an old sake brewery – the only sake brewery on the whole island! The Ikeda’s, along with the help of some dedicated locals make sake using traditional brewing methods - they are wholly committed to revitalizing the old brewing culture of the island, something that had been lost for some years. Despite being over eighty years of age Midori is truly dedicated to the family vision of supplying Shodoshima made rice-wine using only the finest local ingredients, several of their drinks have even won awards making them a serious contender in the world of Japanese sake. Visitors can sample these award-winning sakes, and many more at their upmarket yet very laid-back bar, situated in the south-east corner of the island, close to the ferry terminal. The bar also serves a great selection of local foods including fresh fish, pizzas and a variety of soups. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. 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