This picturesque place is off the beaten track and was surprisingly close to Marugame and took us only about forty minutes or so by bus. We traveled a little uphill and reached our hotel.
It was a welcome respite from the sweltering August heat to be in Shionoe because it was cooler there, especially in the evenings. Of course in the day time, it was too hot to be outdoors even in Shionoe.
There is lush greenery all round, and the forest was teeming with different kinds of summer insects.
Do make sure you use insect repellant, since the mosquitos were formidable.