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Angel Road

A romantic and mysterious sandbar that can only be crossed at low tide.

Angel Road is a 500m long sandbar that connects mainland Shodoshima to three small islands in southern Shikoku. This lovely spot in Kagawa Prefecture is a romantic destination for couples.

Regardless of whether you’re interested in the Angel Road for its romantic undertones or not, the sandbar is a beautiful place to spend time.

Not only is it a stunning natural sight, legend says that if you walk across Angel Road hand-in-hand with your partner, it will strengthen your relationship. Flying solo? Walk across alone and make a wish for it to come true.

Shodoshima Angel Road in Kagawa Prefecture Japan

The Angel Road in Kagawa Prefecture only appears at low tide.

When planning your trip here be aware that visitors can only walk across Angel Road during low tide, two times per day. During high tide, the sandbar is submerged underwater and the view is nothing special, just another small island off the coast of Shodoshima. It’s best to visit in the warmer spring and summer months when the days are long and the weather is clear. In winter, the road only appears once a day for a short time.

Tips For Visiting Angel Road

To get the greatest view over Angel Road, head to the nearby Yakusoku no Oka, or the Hill of Promise. A short but steep flight of sandy stairs will bring you to a small observation point where you’ll have a picture-perfect view of the road and its connecting islands.

Shodoshima Angel Road in Kagawa Prefecture Japan

Even if you’re single, you can still enjoy the view.

You may need to queue to get a chance to ring the Love Bell at the top of the hill, which is another place you can supposedly strengthen your relationship. Top it off by purchasing a heart-shaped ema (Shinto prayer board) and writing a wish for everlasting love or you know, just self-love, on the back.

Regardless of whether you’re interested in the Angel Road for its romantic undertones or not, the sandbar is a beautiful place to spend time at low tide. Anyone can appreciate the breathtaking views of the sea.

Visit the other highlights of Shodoshima, including the Olive Park, the picturesque Kankakei Gorge and ropeway, or the quirky Yokai Art Museum while you’re in the area.

Things To Know

Tide Forecast

Because Angel Road is only crossable at low tide, be sure to check out Shodoshima’s tide forecast before planning your visit.

How To Get There


24-69 Kō, Tonosho, Shōzu-gun, Kagawa 761-4101, Japan

By car

Renting a car is the easiest way to get around Shodoshima. Once arriving at Shodoshima by boat, you can drive to Angel Road. The closest port is Tonosho Port, which is seven minutes away by car from Angel Road.

By boat

Shodoshima can only be reached by boat, but there are many ports on the island you can reach from all over Japan’s main island of Honshu. Many ferries are large enough to carry pedestrians and cars, but some high-speed ferries from Uno, Takamatsu, and Teshima are pedestrian-only. See the list of ports and timetables on Shodoshima’s official tourism website.

By foot

From Tonosho Port, it’s a 30-minute walk to Angel Road.

Where To Stay

Tenku Hotel Kairo (Shodoshima)
  • 1135 Ko.otsu (Honcho), Shozu-gun Tonosho-cho, Kagawa, 761-4106 Japan
  • ¥13,200 - ¥59,400
  • 3.77/5 (574 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
Shodo Island Hot Spring Ohkido Hotel
  • 5165-216 Ko.otsu (Minatoshimmachi), Shozu-gun Tonosho-cho, Kagawa, 761-4102 Japan
  • ¥8,800 - ¥9,900
  • 4.04/5 (445 reviews)
  • 1.9 km
Olivean Shodoshima Yuhigaoka Hotel
  • 63-1 Yakatazaki, Shozu-gun Tonosho-cho, Kagawa, 761-4142 Japan
  • ¥15,153 - ¥19,333
  • 4.47/5 (1,657 reviews)
  • 5.4 km
Otomari Chuzaemon Yoshino
  • 379-2 Yoshino, Shozu-gun Shodoshima-cho, Kagawa, 761-4306 Japan
  • ¥26,400 - ¥52,800
  • 5/5 (5 reviews)
  • 6.0 km
Olivex Uchinomi (Shodoshima)
  • 1941-1 Nishimura, Shozu-gun Shodoshima-cho, Kagawa, 761-4434 Japan
  • ¥7,500 - ¥24,000
  • 4.2/5 (53 reviews)
  • 7.9 km

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