We arrived by ferry from Takamatsu and drove around the island to visit the oldest shipyard working in wood in japan. It is a family business and we were delighted to see traditional japanese flat bottomed boats and modern style yachts in various stages of being built. From there we went to a soy sauce factory/museum. 'Hmm boring I thought when I saw it on out itinerary which was arranged by a Japanese friend. It was incredible-the soy sauce manufacturers are all cheek by jowl on Shodoshima because the water is so pure. It put me in mind of the whisky manufacturers in Scotland and Ireland. The flavour of their whisky depends greatly on the water,
That evening we stayed at Hotel Mari a traditional style Japanese Hotel. Shoji doors house slippers, a european bed happily. The ensuite had hot water from Shodoshima's hot pools piped into a granite bath. It was a large slab of granite with the inside hollowed out a seat to sit on and a shower for finishing off your ablutions.
The Hotel is beside natural hot springs and they have community bathing the sexes separated at given times but couples can hire a pool at other times. They cater for everyone.More
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- Free Parking