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Dramatic island Shoudoshima
There are many ferries sailing between Shikoku and Honshu, offering the most inexpensive way to cross. A ferry from Takamatsu to Uno Port costs 730 yen including your bike.
But "Length of Japan" recommends going to the Himeji World Heritage Castle via "Shodo-shima Island" in order to bypass the R 2 between Okayama and Himeji, 85 km. Take a ferry from Takamatsu to Tonosho in Shodoshima. It costs 850 Yen include bike. After staying at this island, our scenic route heads to the Kansai area which has Japan’s second-largest city, Osaka, and then to the mountains of the Japan Alps. So you will be leaving the peaceful seaside environment.
Shodo-shima is famous for its olives, a canyon, and the preservation of a typical Japanese school of the early 20th century. You will see olive trees all over the hill from Tonosho Port. This island's climate is similar to the Mediterranean.
This island offers some interesting activities.
After the downhill from Kanaka-kei to Uchinomi town, how about visiting the early 20th century elementary school? This school was used as a set in a famous Japanese movie, Twenty-four Eyes(Niju-yon no Hitomi,二十四の瞳)- 12 students. Entrance fee is 750 yen. The school is located at the top of a cape and preserved just as was with small classroom chairs and tables made from wood. The school ground is facing the sea. You can even use items in the old-time playground. They were enjoyed by the pupils long before you arrived.
Sometimes residents can be seen going to the beach and digging for shellfish. If you are feeling lucky, you can try to dig some oysters. Residents might even lend you a digging tool.
Boat to Himeji
From Shodoshima, a ferry can be taken to Osaka or Kobe. If you want a shortcut all the way to Osaka, the ferry is convenient.
Ride north along prefectual road 62 from the Himeji port and one of the most beautiful castles of the world will come into view. Because of castle in white, it is called The Castle of Egret (a white bird). This castle is made from wood so it requires fire protection. For this purpose white Japanese plaster has been coated on the walls and around the castle. The plaster is also effective reinforcing.
Climate data for Himeji
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