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The Shonai Peninsula boasts amazing views of the Seto Inland Sea. With sparkling waters, mountains, beaches, and islands, the area is the ideal destination for a trip. This article introduces nature-filled locations like Mt. Shiude, along with recommended cafes and lodging information.
Shonai Peninsula and Mt. Shiude – Great Sunset Spots on the Seto Inland Sea
Travel to western Kagawa Prefecture and you will find Japan’s best sunset view at Chichibugahama Beach. Neighboring it is the Shonai Peninsula. From Mt. Shiude to the Seto Inland Sea to the abundant nature encompassing it, this area is home to spectacular scenery.
The frequent sunny days in the Seto Inland Sea resemble the Mediterranean climate. The Shonai Peninsula, in particular, has beautiful beaches that are little known to the public. Come here to relax and just listen to the sound of the waves.
This article will introduce things to do around the Shonai Peninsula and how to get to each spot.
7 Things to Do Near the Serene Mt. Shiude
The Shonai Peninsula is the setting for the classic Japanese folklore “Urashima Taro.” The tale is about a kindhearted young man who saves a turtle, becomes invited to live in an underwater palace, and eventually returns back to land.
As you listen to the gentle waves and bathe in the sunlight shining over the peninsula, you may feel as if you are being transported into a fantasy world where time runs slower. Thanks to the locals, the peninsula’s nature is well-preserved, with many beaches remaining as they were originally.
We will first recommend seven places to visit, starting from Mt. Shiude and onto cafes, lodging, and spiritual spots.
1. Mt. Shiude – Head to the Cafe Overlooking the Seto Inland Sea
The Setouchi Islands was ranked 7th in the New York Times article “52 Places to Go in 2019.” According to the article, Mt. Shiude is a highlight of the Seto Inland Sea.
From Mt. Shiude you can get a full view of the Setouchi Islands. The sea and the mountain’s flowers—cherry blossoms from March to April and hydrangeas from June to July—make for a marvelous composition.
The Mt. Shiude Archaeological Museum near the summit has a cafe that overlooks the sea. With a drink in hand, enjoy the glistening waters of the Seto Inland Sea.
The Mt. Shiude Archaeological Museum displays stoneware used by inhabitants from two millennia ago. At this mountain, you can appreciate both the scenery and history.
2. Maruyama Island – A Mystical Island That Can Only Be Reached at Low Tide
Surrounded by clear blue waters, Maruyama Island is an uninhabited island accessible only during low tide. Every once in a while, you will find locals fishing and gathering seashells here.
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