One of Japan’s best-loved cinematic masterpieces from the 1950s is “Twenty-Four Eyes,” also known as “Twenty-Four Pupils.” Film buffs have the unique chance to visit the set, situated near the charming fishing village of Tanoura, and tour the same schoolhouse used in the 1980s remake of this classic movie.
At the time that the 1987 remake was produced, Shodoshima had gone through a period of modern redevelopment. The filmmakers had to recreate a traditional village to provide the historic backdrop needed for the production. Today, a tour of the atmospheric fishing village makes many visitors feel as if they’ve stepped back in time.
The village’s buildings house tempting cafes, gift shops, and the Tsuboi Sakae Memorial Museum, where you can learn more about the writer. If you’ve never seen the film, it is shown on repeat in the village’s cinema. The wooden schoolhouse itself is the star attraction, with a beautiful setting right on the beach of Shodoshima’s southern coast. Complete the day out by visiting the village café, which serves up authentic, comforting 1950s school meals.
Twenty-four Eyes movie village opens at 9:00 and closes by 17:00. Opening time changes to 8:30 to 17:00 in November.