Tonoshō, Kagawa

Coordinates: 34°29′N 134°11′E / 34.483°N 134.183°E / 34.483; 134.183
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Clockwise from left: historic town center, port of Tonoshō, Angel Road
Clockwise from left: historic town center, port of Tonoshō, Angel Road
Flag of Tonoshō
Official seal of Tonoshō
Location of Tonoshō () in Kagawa Prefecture
Tonoshō is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°29′N 134°11′E / 34.483°N 134.183°E / 34.483; 134.183
PrefectureKagawa Prefecture
 • MayorYoshiyuki Okano
 • Total74.38 km2 (28.72 sq mi)
 • Total12,915
 • Density170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address559-2 Kō, Tonoshō-chō, Shōzu-gun, Kagawa-ken
761-4192 (Japanese)
MascotOlive Shimachan
TreeUbame oak (Quercus phillyraeoides)

Tonoshō (土庄町, Tonoshō-chō) is a town and port in Shōzu District, Kagawa, Japan, with a population of 12,915.[1] The town lies on the west coast of the island of Shōdoshima—the second-largest island in the Seto Inland Sea—and it is the main passenger access for the island.[2] First settled around the 8th century,[3] the town center grew into a complex maze of streets during the war-torn Muromachi period (1336–1573) to inhibit enemy forces.[4] The town was officially incorporated in 1898,[5] and today sesame oil, olives, sōmen noodles, fishing and tourism are important industries.[6]

The town's jurisdiction totals 74.38 km2,[3] covering historic Tonoshō and smaller settlements on western Shōdoshima, as well as Teshima, Odeshima, and other nearby islands.[5]

The town is known as the setting of the manga and anime Teasing Master Takagi-san and is the creator's hometown.[7] Tonoshō also participates in the regional Setouchi Triennale art festival, and several art installations are found in the area.[8]

Notable locations[edit]

Modern Tonoshō includes all of western Shodoshima, Teshima, and surrounding islands.

  • Angel Road, a 500-meter-long sandbar that appears during low tide, connecting Shodoshima with a series of small islets[9]
  • Chōshi Gorge[10]
  • Dofuchi Strait, the narrowest strait in the world[11]
  • Teshima, a large island to the west

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ "香川県推計人口及び人口移動(令和2年9月1日現在推計)[Kagawa Prefecture Population Statistics (September 1, 2020)]". 香川県 (Kagawa Prefecture). Kagawa Prefectural Government. 1 September 2020. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  2. ^ "平成30年 香川県管理港湾港別統計 [Kagawa Port Statistics, 2018]" (PDF). 香川県港湾課 [Ports and Harbors Division, Kagawa Prefectural Government]. 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b "土庄町のプロフィール [Profile of Tonoshō Town]". 土庄町 Tonoshō Town. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  4. ^ "迷路の町 [Maze Town]". 香川県小豆郡土庄商工協会 [Tonoshō Chamber of Commerce, Shozu District, Kagawa].
  5. ^ a b "香川県小豆郡土庄町 (37322A1968) |". 歴史的行政区域データセットβ版 [Historic Administrative Divisions Dataset, Beta Version]. ROIS-DS Center for Open Data in the Humanities. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  6. ^ "土庄町の導入促進基本計画 [Basic Plan for Industry Promotion in Tonoshō]" (PDF). Tonoshō Town. 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  7. ^ a b "「からかい上手の高木さん」舞台はこちら…香川県土庄町が探訪マップ [Tonoshō creates map for Teasing Master Takagi-san]". Sankei News. July 29, 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Locations". Art Setouchi. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Angel Road". Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Choshikei Monkey Park". Japan Guide. June 3, 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  11. ^ "土渕海峡 [Dofuchi Strait]". Shodoshima Tourism Association. Retrieved 29 March 2021.

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