Shodoshima boasts a pleasant Mediterranean climate, which has led to a boom in olive farming over the past century. A walk in Olive Park, along the paths lined with olive trees, is the perfect setting to enjoy a moment of serenity. The park, and Shodoshima as a whole, make a wonderful Japan day-trip for visitors wanting to escape the Japanese mainland for awhile.
Nicknamed “Olive Island,” Shodoshima has produced Japanese olives and olive oil since 1908. Olive Park is a working olive grove, featuring a replica Greek windmill and a museum of olive production. Those in need of a little bit of extra pampering won’t want to miss a visit to Sun Olive, an onsite bathhouse with hot spring water and panoramic sea views. Indulge in a refreshing dip after a walk around the olive grove.
In addition to the tranquil pathways, bathhouse, and museum, visitors can stock up on all manner of fresh olive-related produce. Aside from the high-quality olive oil, there’s also everything from olive ice cream to olive-infused pasta. A restaurant and café heavily feature the local crop, and you can even purchase small olive trees to take back home.