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Sen Guesthouse

 

EXperience shoDoshima

 

 

 

Rooms

Japanese-style family room

Our largest room with sweeping views over the Uchinomi Bay of the Seto Inland Sea. Tatami floors and super-comfortable memory foam mattresses make this room one of our favorites.

 

2–4 people. Kids welcome – please contact us for a quote 

  • 2 people: ¥12,000 per room per night

  • 3 people: ¥13,500 per room per night

  • 4 people: ¥15,000 per room per night

Towels included

Showers and toilets shared by all guests

5% off for 3 nights or more; 10% off stays longer than 1 week

Japanese-style private room

Bright and uplifting, simple and modern Japanese style rooms are perfect for friends or couples looking for a slice of tranquility with gorgeous ocean views. They also feature tatami floors and memory-foam mattresses.

 

1–2 people. Kids welcome – please contact us for a quote

  • 1 person: ¥6,000 per room per night

  • 2 people: ¥9,000 per room per night

Towels included

Showers and toilets shared by all guests

5% off for 3 nights or more; 10% off stays longer than 1 week

Modern capsule dorm

From our light and airy, mixed-gender, four-bed "capsule" dorm room, the view overlooking the Seto Inland Sea towards Shodoshima's famous olive park will take your breath away. Our innovative handcrafted bunk beds are private, strong and comfortable, ensuring you will be ready and refreshed to explore our beautiful island.

 

1 person: ¥3,400 per night

Each bunk includes a private locker, light and charging plugs

Towels included

Showers and toilets shared by all guests

5% off for 3 nights or more; 10% off stays longer than 1 week

Sorry, children under 12 can't stay in the dormitory room

 

 

 

 

Facilities

The property

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Nestled in the forest, abutting the beach, Sen Guesthouse is your retreat from the world at large. On one hand, we are remote and a bit hard to access; on the other hand, we have no neighbors so the waves from the ocean and sounds of birds are all there is to disturb you.

Private beach

Our private beach is just across the road. With rental kayaks and snorkel gear, hammocks and sarongs – it's the perfect place to chill or have an adventure!

BBQ area

How about some Japanese barbeque, a hamburger or freshly grilled fish? We boast a large, bricked outdoor space where you can let your inner cook shine...

Please let us know in advance if you wish to use our BBQ area. We have charcoal available to purchase, but please bring your own food, sauces, etc...

・BBQ  grill for a big group: 2000 yen include charcoal

・BBQ grill for a small group: 1000 yen include charcoal

・BBQ grill only (charcoal is not included) : 500 yen

・Additional charcoal: 600 yen

We also have portable gas stoves and an electric yakiniku/teppanyaki (Japanese bbq) grill available for rent.

The balcony

Breakfast with a view? Sunset drinks with sweeping views of the bay? Our balcony is a great place to meet fellow travelers or find a bit of calm in your trip.

The kitchen

We have a spacious, well-stocked guest kitchen for you to whip up a tasty dinner or breakfast. Seasonings, oil and appliances are all free to use. Our small pantry is filled with ready-made meals, fresh bread (in the mornings), ingredients, fruit and vegetables for purchase.  We have a strong preference for local ingredients.

 
 
 

...and of course we have laundry, showers, luggage services, and lots of information about things to do in the area!

 

 

 

Access

Find us

Address: 687-15, Tanoura Otsu,
Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun
Kagawa, Japan, 761-4424

Phone: 0879-61-9980 (7:00-12:00, 15:00-20:00)
International: +81879-61-9980

 
 

Things to note

  • Sen Guesthouse is located up a steep staircase (50 steps) from the road, if you have trouble walking up stairs, our guesthouse may not be right for you.

  • We are located in the forest, and in the forest, there are all types of bugs and creatures. If you are squeamish, our guesthouse may not be right for you.

  • Because of our remote location, there are only 4 buses a day that go directly to our guesthouse. There are no supermarkets or convenience stores nearby, so if you want to cook for yourself, please shop before you come, or make use of our well-stocked guest kitchen


Getting to Shodoshima

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Shodoshima is easily accessible from Takamatsu, Okayama, Himeji and Kobe by ferry.

Please go here for up-to-date timetables in English. If you're bringing a car on the ferry, it can be a good idea to book in advance, especially in busy seasons.

There are six ports on Shodoshima. The closest ports to Sen Guesthouse are Sakate and Kusakabe.


Getting around Shodoshima

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By car

The easiest way to see Shodoshima is by car. You can bring your own over on the ferries, or rent a car once you get here. For information on car rental companies, see here.  Free parking is available at Sen.

By bus

There is a good and cheap bus system in Shodoshima that goes around the island between the ports and some of the tourist destinations.  They run about 1 bus an hour with a maximum cost of Y300.  There are less frequent buses that access the more hard to get to areas of the island and the current bus schedule is available in English here.

BY BIKE

There are rental bicycles available at all the major ports, the most convenient option is Hello Cycling (only available in Japanese, and for users of Japanese cell phones for the moment). 

 


Getting to Sen Guesthouse

 
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There are four buses a day that go directly to Sen Guesthouse, starting from Tonosho Port and passing Ikeda, Kusakabe and Sakate Ports on the way.

The current bus schedule is available in English here. Sen Guesthouse is between the Horikoshi and Kiritani bus stops - just ask the driver to stop at Sen Guesthouse in Tanoura!

If coming to us by bus, please try to take one of these buses to get here. (Please show the photo on the left to the driver) It may be possible to pick up guests from the nearest main bus stop, Furue 古江 if we are contacted before hand and we are available.

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Taxi

It is possible to get a taxi from Sakate or Kusakabe port to Sen Guesthouse. 

Kankake taxi 0120-180-700

Shodoshima Kotsu 0120-419-604


Contact us

For bookings, please use our booking form, here.

If you would like to contact us for any other reason, please fill in this form, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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About us

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We are an international couple who met in a guesthouse in Osaka in 2009 over a love of pilgrimage. Our passion for Shikoku and the 88 temple pilgrimage led us to start a guesthouse in the Dogo area of Matsuyama. After running Sen Guesthouse for 6 1\2 years, we decided that we wanted to live and raise our daughter in a more rural environment while still holding a connection to both Shikoku and pilgrimage. Shodoshima checked all the boxes for us, and though it took many years to find the perfect spot on the island, it was well worth the wait because we have indeed found our new home. We are now super excited to host both old friends and new faces here and are happy to help people really experience this wonderful island.

 

Nori

Hi, I’m Nori. I’m from a small town in Kagawa, but I lived in Osaka for more than 10 years before we moved to Matsuyama in 2012. Since I went to New Zealand and worked in hostels, I’ve been thinking to have my own guesthouse such as everyone feel “their own home”, so I worked in a guesthouse in Osaka for 4 years. I walked the 88 temple pilgrimage because I wanted to know about my hometown Shikoku more. Every time when I walked as “Ohenro-san (people is called like it when they walk the 88 temple pilgrimage)”, always I was surprised and impressed that such a great culture has been kept, not only temples but also people’s thought. So, we were so happy to introduce everyone about 88 temple pilgrimage and all guests who walked it came back also loved it and Shikoku. Now we are in Shodoshima, a part of Shikoku, ready to make more lover of Shodoshima and Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage, enjoying our life in such a beautiful island.

Matt

My name is Matthew and I’m an American from the southern border of Texas and Mexico. All through life I always had a passion for religion and and different cultures and when I went to university, that’s exactly what I studied. Another passion of mine is traveling and I spent a good portion of my 20′s seeing the world, teaching English, lying on beaches and trampling on ruins. Where these 2 interests combine is pilgrimage. After completing some of the world's most important walks, I want to help others get a glimpse of this part of life. Our 6 years in Matsuyama were partly devoted to giving advice and instruction on how to walk the 88 temple pilgrimage in Shikoku. Now that we've made the move to Shodoshima, we would like to spread the word of Shodoshima's own 88 temple pilgrimage.

 

 

 

Things to do in shodoshima

There's plenty to keep you busy in Shodoshima, from art galleries to hiking, film sets to stand-up paddleboarding...

88-temple pilgrimage

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Shodoshima has a 1,200-year-old traditional pilgrimage route, which circles the island and takes about 7–10 days to walk...

We can give you advice on completing the entire pilgrimage or seeing just a few temples on a day hike.

 

 

Twenty-four Eyes Movie Village 二十四の瞳映画村

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Less than two kilometers from our front door is the Twenty-four Eyes Movie Village...

Kankakei Gorge

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Kankakei Gorge has been voted one of Japan's three most spectacular gorges. It's particularly beautiful during fall, when the leaves change colour.

Kankakei is great for hiking, but there is also a ropeway to take you to the top.

Soy Sauce village

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One of Shodoshima's most famous products is soy sauce. Visit the soy sauce village to find out how it's made, discover the history of production on Shodoshima  and enjoy delicious shoyu ice cream.

Angel Road

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Angel Road is only accessible at certain times, depending on the tides...

Art islands

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There are art galleries and museums on islands all through the Seto Inland Sea, and Shodoshima is no different. 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Book your stay

Reservations

Please fill out the reservation form and we will get  back to you with a confirmation email shortly.

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Cancellation policy

 
  • 2 days before arrival date/time: No charge

  • 1–2 days before arrival date/time: 50% of first night

  • Less than 24 hours before arrival date/time: Full price of first night

  • No show: Full price of total stay


Policies

 
  • Check-in is from 3pm to 8pm. If you wish to check in later than 8pm, please let us know when you book.

  • Check-out is until 10am.

  • Smoking: No smoking in building (there are smoking areas outside the building.

  • Children: 1 child under 6 is free (no extra futon). More than 1 child in private room, ¥1500 (extra futon)

  • Children 6-12 are ¥1500 (extra futon) in private room only *subject to availability- please enquire


Things to note

 
  • Sen Guesthouse is located up a steep staircase (50 steps) from the road, if you have trouble walking up stairs, our guesthouse may not be right for you.

  • We are located in the forest, and in the forest, there are all types of bugs and creatures. If you are squeamish, our guesthouse may not be right for you.

  • Because of our remote location, there are only 4 buses a day that go directly to our guesthouse. There are no supermarkets or convenience stores nearby, so if you want to cook for yourself, please shop before you come, or make use of our well-stocked guest kitchen.