Shodoshima Island

Shodoshima is an island gem in the Seto Island Sea, accessible by ferries from Osaka, Kobe, Himeji and other coastal cities nearby. A few regular buses run along the coastline and into the interior, bringing you to a number of picturesque spots from which you can admire the sea and surrounding islands.

Just west of Kusakabe Port is “Olive Town”, a clump of buildings showcasing Shodoshima’s most interesting feature — it’s olive trees, first planted in 1908.

In addition to the olive groves, there is a herbal garden, a museum, a windmill and a spa — all in a Greek architectural style. Just north of the area is Dutch Pancake Camping, a privately-run campsite with a scenic view, friendly owners and a lovely patch of grass (read: not gravel) to pitch your tent — a rarity in central Japan.

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