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Top Instagrammable spots in the picturesque Setouchi that you must visit in autumn

 

 

Seto Inland (Setouchi), located in the Shikoku region, is famed for its many spectacular spots. This time, we will introduce spots focusing on the sky, land, and sea that look great on social media. Be sure to visit these recommended places along with typical tourist spots in the area - you will also become a veteran Japan visitor!

 

1) From the “sky”: Takaya Shrine Hongu (Kagawa Prefecture)

 

 

Located in Kanonji City, Kagawa Prefecture, the main shrine of Takaya Shrine that sits at the top of Mount Inazumi at an altitude of 404 metres has become a viral topic being acknowledged as the “Torii gate in the sky”. 

 

 

When the sky is clear, you can overlook Ariakehama Beach and as far as Nada in Hyogo Prefecture. The shrine itself is also said to have benefits for people praying for family safety, business prosperity, and protection from disease and disasters!

 

 

What you should know in advance!
  • It takes about 50 minutes from the shrine building at the bottom of the hill to get up to the torii gate of the main shrine. There is a steep slope on the way to the main shrine so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  • The best recommended time to visit the shrine is during evening time when you can take photos of the shrine and the sunset together. The scenery of Takaya Shrine, the Seto Inland Sea and the city, together with the fascinating dawn as the background can all be captured in one shoot.
  • Be extra careful as the downward slope on the way back can be a little steep and slippery!

 

Spot Information

  • Name: Takaya Shrine Hongu 
  • Address: 2800 Takaya-cho, Kanonji-shi, Kagawa Prefecture 
  • Access: 13 minutes by taxi from JR Kanonji Station (about 4km) to the foot of the shrine grounds, about 50 minutes on foot from the shrine grounds to the main shrine

 

2) From "Land": Shodoshima Olive Park (Kagawa Prefecture)

 

 

An olive-themed municipal park situated in Shodoshima, Kagawa Prefecture. There are many spots great for taking photos such as the "Greek Windmill" which makes people think of the Mediterranean Sea, and settings in "Corico" and "Book of Beginnings" that were used in the Studio Ghibli movie "Kiki's Delivery Service".

 

 

What you should to know in advance!
  • Borrow a "magic broom" at the "Olive Memorial Hall" (it is a popular activity so you may have to wait for some time) and have your picture taken as a flying witch just like the movie "Kiki's Delivery Service" released in 1989. If you use the slope of the grassy hill or take the shot from a low position, the photo should come out well. 
  • If you take a photo from behind the "Greek Windmill", the mountains and sea will also be in the shot, so you will end up with a photo with a lovely atmosphere!

 

Spot Information

  • Name: Shodoshima Olive Park 
  • Address: 1941-1 Nishimura, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
  • Business hours: 08:30 - 17:00 
  • Closed: Open all year round
  • Website: Shodoshima Olive Park (official)

 

3) From the "sea": Chichibugahama & Angel Road (Kagawa Prefecture)

 

 

Chichibugahama is a calm, long beach of about 1km on the coast facing Hiuchi Nada in Nio-cho, Mitoyo, Kagawa Prefecture. Recently, it has gone viral on social media as a place where you can take photos as if you are at the famous Uyuni Salt Flats where the water surface looks like a mirror.


 

 
What you should to know in advance!
  • You can see a spectacular view when the time of low tide and sunset overlap, and when there is no wind and the water surface is calm. 
  • It is particularly beautiful during the magical hour just before, during or after sunset!


Spot Information

  • Name: Chichibugahama 
  • Address: 203-3 Nio Otsu, Nio-cho, Mitoyo-shi, Kagawa Prefecture
  • Access: 

From Monday to Saturday, take the community bus (Nio Line) from JR Takuma Station and get off at "Chichibugahama". 

On Sundays, public holidays, and between December 29th and January 3rd, the bus does not run, so we recommend taking a taxi (about ¥2,200 one way from JR Takuma Station). 

*    From July 17th, 2021, the tour shuttle bus will run only on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. It takes the route JR Takuma Station→Chichibugahama→Takaya Shrine→Shimomiya-Sengata Sand Painting Observatory→JR Kan-Nonji Station.

 

Angel Road is a sandy beach road that appears and disappears due to the ebb and flow of the tide that connects Shodoshima and the offshore of Yoshima islets. There is a romantic rumour saying that if you hold hands with your loved one while crossing over, an angel will come down between both of you and grant your wish! 

 

 

What you should know in advance!
  • At the information centre, cute Ema (small wooden plaques literally meaning "picture-horse" in Japanse that worshippers write prayers or wishes) in the shape of shells are being sold. It is believed that if you write a wish and hang the Ema on the observatory, your wish may come true. 
  • There is also a white mailbox and you can take a photo here and this will definitely look great on social media. 
  • A must see is the hole in the rock face caused by erosion.
  • The view from the observatory is the best!

 

Spot Information

  • Name: Angel Road
  • Address: Ginpaura, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
  • Access: Around 13 minutes via the Shodoshima Olive Bus from Shodoshima Tonosho Port, get off at "Kokusai Hotel (Angel Road-mae)" bus stop, then around 3 minutes on foot. 
  • Website: Tonosho Town Commerce and Tourism Division (Japanese)

 


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