Tonosho Town
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Tonosho Town (on Shodoshima Island)

Have an affinity for olives, friendly islanders, and angry monkeys that occasionally make their way into elementary school hallways? Then head on over to Tonosho, a beautiful and Mediterranean-esque town located on the western side of the island of Shodoshima. For just ¥690, you can board a ferry at Takamatsu Sunport and take in the ocean views of the one-hour ride before disembarking at Tonosho Port— and forgetting all about those troublesome city woes. Shodoshima is famous for its olive cultivation, somen, soy sauce, and breathtaking ocean views.

The island of Shodoshima comprises two distinct towns: Shodoshima Town and Tonosho Town. While Shodoshima Town is home to most of the tourist draws (Kankakei Gorge, Olive Park, the Twenty-Four Eyes Village, etc.), Tonosho Port is the biggest port on the island, with more frequent ferries and speed boats to Takamatsu, Okayama, and Teshima.

Access

From Takamatsu, you can take a ferry to Tonosho Port from Takamatsu Port (near Sunport), which is near both JR Takamatsu station and Kotoden's Takamatsu-chikko station. The one-way ferry ride takes one hour and costs ¥690. Alternatively, you can also take a speed boat from the floating pier terminal, also located at Takamatsu Port. The trip takes thirty minutes and costs ¥1,170 one way.

From Okayama, you can reach Tonosho Port by taking a bus (¥490) from Okayama Station to Shin-Okayama Port. The ferry trip takes about 70 minutes and costs ¥1,070 one way. Alternatively, you can also take a ferry from Okayama's Uno Port. The trip costs ¥1,230 one way and takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on which type of boat you board. The boat will also make two brief stops at Teshima's Karato and Iiura Ports, so you can access Shodoshima from there as well.

To See

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Tonosho Town's biggest draw is Angel Road, a beachy sandbar that connects three small island to the mainland. It is said that walking across the sandbar while holding hands with a loved one will ensure eternal happiness, and so on warm days the beach is crowded with young couples walking around the area. However, the road isn't just for couples— the beach is also great for photo-ops and offers a gorgeous view of the Seto Inland Sea. Try coming just before sunset for some truly stunning views.

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Also famous is the Dofuchi Strait, the narrowest strait in the world. It's even in the Guiness Book of World Records! The strait is pretty cool, and you can sometimes see jellyfish floating around depending on the time of year.

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If you're feeling adventurous, you can rent a car or taxi and explore Choshikei Monkey Park. It's about 20 minutes from Tonosho Port, and as its name implies there are many a wild monkey to be seen. They monkeys are pretty civil, and you can pay about ¥300 to stand in a cage and feed the monkeys some mikan oranges through the bars. It's a really fun and unique experience, and the view from the observation deck at the top of the park is stunning. Definitely a highlight if you can find a way to get there!

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Shodoshima is famous for its beautiful beaches, and Tonosho has many wonderful ones to its name. Kashima Beach can be accessed by taking a bus to the International Hotel and walking east for about 15 minutes. Healthy Beach is a bit further out, but is about a 20-30 minute cycle from Tonosho Port. Silver Beach (pictured above) can be accessed by car, taxi, or bus, and is about 25 minutes from the port. Silver Beach is famous for its camping grounds and stunning ocean views, and is generally less crowded than the other beaches due to its location.

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