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