Shodoshima / KagawaLaidback, active and luxurious - experience the many sides of Shodoshima Island, Kagawa

Kagawa is one of the four prefectures that make up Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. It is known for its udon noodles, outdoor art exhibitions, and the many islands that are dotted off the coast in the Seto Inland Sea. Shodoshima is one of these islands, and visitors here can stay at a traditional guesthouse, get active on the water with a kayaking trip to an uninhabited island, or indulge in a luxury stay at a beautiful hotel with creative haute cuisine.

Story 1Kayak on the Seto Inland Sea to an uninhabited island

Kayaking on the calm sea

The sea-kayak experience offered by Shodoshima Tours takes you on a journey to one of the many uninhabited islands surrounding Shodoshima. It’s perfect for people of all ages and skill levels - even absolute beginners.

Relaxing on a small beach on Kojima Island

After a comprehensive lesson from a friendly instructor, you’ll practice paddling in the water before kayaking to the small beach on Kojima Island. Soak up the sun and play in the surf before heading back to Shodoshima.

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Story 2Make connections at a friendly guesthouse and cafe

Lunch on the terrace at Guesthouse & Cafe Anzu

Guesthouse & Cafe Anzu is a short walk from Sakate Port and is a perfect base for exploring Shodoshima. The traditional Japanese building is located in a charming neighbourhood full of old, characterful buildings. With just three guestrooms, it has a cozy atmosphere that fosters communication with other guests and staff. Meals in the cafe are made with local ingredients and can be enjoyed on the terrace.

A fishing-boat trip on the Seto Inland Sea

The guesthouse owner also runs a tour company, making it easy to book activities. As you might imagine, many of the island’s activities are water-based, including fishing trips on a fishing boat.

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Story 3A luxurious island hotel with beautiful guestrooms, gourmet cuisine, and plenty of activities

Chic guestrooms with a sea view

Book a stay at luxury hotel Umioto Mari to relax and unwind. The exclusive guestrooms feature beautiful Japanese decor centered on the magnificent view of the Seto Inland Sea from the floor-to-ceiling window. The luxurious bath also has a beautiful water view.

Expert chefs prepare your meal before your eyes

There are many activities to enjoy, from a relaxing hot stone massage to cultural experiences such as creating kintsugi (golden joinery) accessories. The gourmet meals in the hotel’s dining room are a sumptuous affair of traditional Japanese food with a modern twist.

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Getting to Shodoshima Island, Kagawa Prefecture

Flights from Haneda International Airport or Narita International Airport to Takamatsu Airport take around 80 minutes. Buses from the airport to Takamatsu Station take around 40 minutes. Alternatively, the shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Okayama Station takes around 50 minutes. From Okayama Station, ride the Marine Liner rapid train to Takamatsu Station (around 1 hour). To reach Shodoshima, connect with a ferry (1 hour) or speedboat (35 minutes) from Takamatsu Port, which is a short walk from Takamatsu Station. Ferry services to Shodoshima, which has multiple ports, also run from Okayama, Himeji, and Kobe.

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About “Countryside Stays“

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Shodoshima / KagawaLaidback, active and luxurious - experience the many sides of Shodoshima Island, Kagawa

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