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The Islands of the Seto Inland Sea

This time, we bring you a video with a superb view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. The video “Kagawa's Best Holiday - Awashima, Shishijima, Ibukishima, and Shonai Peninsula" (かがわ極上休日 粟島・志々島・伊吹島・荘内半島), is produced by Kagawa Prefecture's channel “Udonken.”
The Seto Inland Sea area, famous for the Seto Ohashi Bridge, which is introduced in this video, has about 700 islands and beautiful scenery.

Shodoshima is one of the most famous islands in Shikoku, but the Seto Inland Sea has many other attractive and recommended tourist attractions.
This video summarizes four recommended sightseeing spots in Awashima, Shishijima, Ibukijima and Shonai Peninsula all in under 3 minutes.
Enjoy the video of these beautiful, natural tourist destinations.

Awashima - Appreciating Art

Image of Awashima seen from Mt. Shiude
Photo: Awashima seen from Mt. Shiude

About 15 minutes from Suda Port in Kagawa Prefecture, Awashima is characterized by its three-winged screw-like shape.
It is known for being home to the National Maritime Training School founded in the Meiji era (1868-1912 AD) as well as the Awashima Ocean Memorial Hall.

Saya Kubota's work, "The Missing Post Office," which stores letters in unknown boxes in a post office, and a buoy garden which is decorated with cute art using buoys floating on the sea, are also popular tourist attractions.
We recommend taking your time and watching the sun set on the calm Nishihama beach.

Shisijima - The Island Guarded by a 1,200 Year Old Giant Camphor Tree

Image of Shishijima's Giant Camphor Tree
Photo:The Giant Camphor Tree of Shishijima

From 0:51 in the video, you can see Shishijima, in Kagawa Prefecture, which is a small island characterized by mountainous terrain.
The 1200-year-old camphor tree on the island is a large tree designated as a natural monument of the prefecture.
You can see the enormous, powerful camphor tree from 1:01 in the video.

Climb to Kusunokikura Observatory, where you can overlook the Seto Inland Sea, and enjoy the scenery in harmony with nature.

Ibuki Island

Image of iriko
Photo:Iriko

Ibukijima Island, seen at1:30 is a fishing town where Ibuki Irico, Kagawa's famous gourmet food, is actively fished.
Ibuki Iriko is a dried sardine processed from Japanese anchovy caught on Ibuki Island.

On the sea side of the island, there are many Iriko processing plants referred to as "Iriba."
Visit unusual sights such as the Ibuki Folk Museum and the mysterious "Toilet House," an Instagram-worthy piece of art.

The Seto Inland Sea's "Shonai Peninsula"

Image of Shonai Peninsula
Photo:The Shonai Peninsula seen from the main shrine "Takaya Shrine"

Finally, we introduce the Shonai Peninsula, which can be seen from 2:04 in the video. From here, you can overlook the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea from the Shiudeyama Observation Deck.

You can walk to Maruyama Island, a legendary place in Japan, where the legend of Taro Urashima remains, at low tide, from the Ninaihama Beach on the Shonai Peninsula.
The end of the legend of Urashima Taro is also the grave of Urashima Taro.
The Sanuki Misaki Lighthouse at the tip of Shonai Peninsula is also a great place to see!

Other Remote Islands and Places to Visit in the Seto Inland Sea

Image of Seto Bridge
Photo:Evening view of Seto Bridge

There are many other famous islands besides the islands introduced in this video.

Awaji Island, the largest island in the Seto Inland Sea; Shodoshima, famous for the movie "Twenty-Four Eyes"; Teshima, Naoshima, and Megijima, where you can enjoy modern art; Ikuchijima, a sacred place for cycling; Suo-Oshima, called the "Hawaii of the Seto Inland Sea"; Mukaishima, the closest remote island to Hiroshima; Okinoshima, a former Japanese military fortress; Osaki Shimojima, the setting for Suntory's drinking water commercials; and Nekojima Sanagi Island.

Don't miss the Setouchi International Art Festival, an event held on 12 islands and in two ports in the Seto Inland Sea!
The Seto Inland Sea has many hot spring inns and hotels.
The sightseeing plans, routes and courses are up to you!
Enjoy your trip to the Seto Inland Sea as you please.

Summary of the Seto Inland Sea's Islands

Each of the islands featured in these videos has its own unique characteristics. Which one's your favorite?

The islands around the Seto Inland Sea can be accessed by the Seto Inland Sea Steamship or cruise ferry.
If you're looking for a sightseeing trip to some of Japan's most scenic spots, take a cruise tour to enjoy the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea!

【Official Website】Kagawa Prefectural Government Homepage
https://www.pref.kagawa.lg.jp/

【Tripadvisor】Kagawa Prefecture
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g298231-Kagawa_Prefecture_Shikoku-Vacations.html

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Jan. 21, 2022
Japan
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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