Located in the Seto Inland Sea this consider one of the first islands based on Japanese mythology. The name literally means “small bean island” and today it is known for soy bean and olive production. The island one of the venues for the Setouchi Triennale Art Festival so there are modern art displays all over and is a popular setting for movies and TV dramas. Shodoshima is also known for Kankaei Gorge and the monkey park. The train, bus and ferry from Kyoto Station to Shodoshima take about 3 hours and 30 minutes.