The Fine Art of Soy Sauce Making

Marukin Soy Sauce Brewery Memorial Hall

shodoshima, kagawa prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photo source | Marukin Soy Sauce Brewery Facebook Page

 

When you walk through the streets of Shodoshima, you can often smell the sweet aroma of soy sauce in the air, especially if you are not used to it. In fact, there are several producers on the island.

Of over 1,500 soy sauce manufacturers in Japan, Marukin is one of the top brands, and the facility on Shodoshima Island is a Registered Cultural Property. Visitors can learn about the history of production and methods of producing this traditional Japanese seasoning. 

Be sure to try the soy sauce soft-serve ice cream—it’s surprisingly refreshing and delicious!

Hours: 9:00-16:00
Admission: 210 JPY
All visitors receive a small bottle of soy sauce as a gift for visiting the factory.

Access:  Take the Sakate Line bus from Tonosho Port. Get off at the Noma bus stop.

 

ABOUT THE ISLAND

The second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea, Shodoshima belongs to Kagawa Prefecture, but is easily accessible from ferries running from Okayama Prefecture as well.

Shodoshima boasts several nice beaches, hot spring resorts, and beautiful coastal scenery on the exterior of the island, with a mountainous interior. Some of the sights on the interior of the island include the famous Olive Park, Kankakei Gorge and ropeway, and a monkey park.

Gourmands will enjoy touring a soy sauce museum to learn about the 400-year-old tradition of making soy products on the island. Sesame seed oil and olive products are also well-known items from the region. Popular sightseeing destinations on the exterior of the island include a soy sauce factory, and Angel Road, a sandbar that visitors can walk along at low tide to reach a small island (see SmartTour code SM-KAG-010).

Shodoshima is part of the Setouchi International Art Triennale; as such, several permanent installations of contemporary art are on view to visitors. The artwork creates a wonderful contrast between the modern and the traditional as well as the natural and human-made.

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