Shodoshima is the second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea and one of the first islands born to the Gods in the creation myth of Japan. Shodoshima means “small bean island”, which refers to the soy bean or olive as the island has traditionally been a producer of soy sauce for more than 400 years, however today is and now is even better known for its olive plantations.
Shodoshima serves as one of the venues for the Setouchi Triennale art festival. And therefore numerous artworks can be seen on the island during the 2019 Setouchi Triennale. The art pieces are spread across the island, some permanent art installations from past festivals remain, including several outdoor installations.
We had booked in for the Shodoshima International hotel. We had our car with us on the ferry (so easy), and it is definitely recommended to either have a car or rent a car upon arrival. The island doesn’t have much local infrastructure.
The girls was very excited about the TV in room and the pool on the beach (very rare to find in Japan). Unfortunately, the pool wasn’t open for use, when we arrived (5th of July), it only opened 13th of July, which apparently is the first official day of summer in Japan. Such a shame, and were a bit upset that this info was unavailable to find on both booking.com as well as on their own website. But the room was spacious, and the hotel had a lot to offer; large onsen (with great view of the beach), coffee lounge, kiosk and small play area for (smaller) kids. We stayed here 3 nights and explored the island and hung out.