Takao Olive Farm’s Olive Groves

These are all our current olive groves. Click on the map to see each one!

Kurikidani Olive Grove

This was our very first olive grove. It has expanded over the years and is currently 2 hectares in area. Table olives (for brine-preserving or pickles) and oil olives are grown here.

Established 2007 –
Cultivars Mission, Nevadillo Blanco, Lucca, Manzanilla
Location Shozu-gun Shodoshima-cho Muro Kurikidani 800

Yamanokami Olive Grove

Nestled on a small hill, beautiful birdsong can be heard here year round. Mainly olives for oil are grown here. 

Established 2008 –
Cultivars Nevadillo Blanco
Location Shozu-gun Shodoshima-cho Muro Yamanokami 1318

Jorakubo Olive Grove

Rabbits, deer, and pheasants, as well as other small friends, often visit this grove. This grove is dedicated mostly to oil olives. 

Established 2009 –
Cultivars Mission
Location Shozu-gun Shodoshima-cho Muro Jorakubo 1858

Nakayasumi Olive Grove

Situated at the foot of Kankakei, this grove overlooks the bay and gets great sunlight. Currently, we grow mainly olives for oil here.   

Established 2011 –
Cultivars Oil olives
Location Shozu-gun Shodoshima-cho Kankakei-doori Nakayasumi 2294-1

Hama Olive Grove

Located about a one-minute walk from Hamajo beach, we currently grow oil olives here.

Established2012
CultivarsOil olives
LocationShozu-gun Shodoshima-cho Hamajo 1392-1

Teranoshita Olive Grove

Teranoshita is, like its name suggests, found below the precincts of Choshoji, one of the Shodoshima 88 temples.
Oil olives are grown here.

Established2012
CultivarsOil olives
LocationShozu-gun Shodoshima-cho Hamajo 1574

Nishinotani Olive Grove

This grove is located on a 3-tier slope, which overlooks Ikeda harbor and the Seto Inland Sea.
We grow Minerva and Zeus olives here, which are both Italian cultivars for oil.

Established 2014
Cultivars Minerva (Tuscan Leccino derived) and Zeus (Tuscan Pendolino derived)
Location Shozu-gun Shodoshima-cho Ikeda Nishinotani 338

Ume Olive Nursery (Sapling Nursery)

The owner of the land our nursery sits on is called “Umeko”, so we named our nursery after her. We raise olive trees from seeds here, and until they are ready to be planted in the groves, we keep them here at the seedling nursery.
We also sell seedlings here.

Established 2009
Cultivars Mission, Lucca, Nevadillo Blanco, Manazanilla
Location Shozu-gun Shodoshima-cho Muro Aza Sorajo

Minna no Tanbo Rice Field

Every summer, people from all over Japan, as well as Italy, Hong Kong, etc. have come to help with planting, weeding, harvesting, and sorting olives. Takao Farm’s owner thought it would be nice to try growing the rice that we eat right here on the farm. In the spring of 2014, his wish came true when 4 rice paddies were rented, about 1200 square meters.

Established 2014
Cultivars Hinohikari, Hakuto Mochi
Location Shozu-gun Shodoshima-cho Futaomote

Barley Fields

Weeding the olive farm in summer is a battle with the heat. Another thing we go through a lot on the farm is that Japanese summer staple, barley tea. Wouldn’t it be lovely to grow our own barley as well? In December 2014, we received some barley seeds and planted them. They grew beautifully, and now everyone can enjoy the cool comfort of barley tea during breaks on the farm.

Established 2014
Cultivars Barley
Location Shozu-gun Shodoshima-cho Futaomote

❇ The main olive cultivars grown on the island are Mission, Nevadillo Blanco, Lucca, and Manzanilla.