After an hour of being rocked on a boat from Takamatsu port, I reach my goal. Among all the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, Shodoshima Island is a particularly popular tourist destination.
Olive Line is written on the side of the boat in big letters. That’s right, this is Japan’s No.1 Island for olives!
As I heard they have a unique dessert made using olive oil, I made a special trip to Shodoshima Island to try it out.
I’m welcomed by the mascot character of Shodoshima Island, “Olive Shima-chan”.
“Step further and you will find what you’re looking for,” I thought I heard it say!
So, I head inside the tourist center.
The famed Sanuki udon noodles, Shodoshima Island’s handcrafted somen noodles, and ice cream…
Ta-dah! This is Shodoshima Island’s local sweet: “Ice cream with extra virgin olive oil”… and a pinch of salt.
Cool, oily… and then they somehow combine! At first, I tasted the ice cream and olive oil separately, but as the ice cream melted in my mouth the combination turned into a superb blend. The salt accentuates the sweetness, and I felt I could get addicted…
Extra virgin olive oil refers to it being like “olive juice” in that it’s made by just pressing the fruit.
Best used unheated, it can of course be enjoyed as a dressing as well as poured on bread, meat, fish or even ice cream, among others.
Of course, it goes without saying that I bought some extra virgin olive oil before returning home.
How about discovering a new way to enjoy olive oil on Shodoshima Island?
Tonosho Port Tourist Center
Location: 6194-10 Tonosho-cho, Shozu district, Kagawa prefecture
Open: 8:00-18:00 (Cafeteria open until 15:00)
Closed: Open year round
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Furukawa
Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!
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