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  • Kotohira-gu Shrine
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Prefecture Nakatado-gun Kotohira-cho 892-1
    Kotohira-gu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located halfway up Mt. Zozu (which is 521 meters high) in Kotohira Town; it is commonly known as Konpira-san. There are a number of legends concerning the origins of the shrine, all of which suggest a mixture of Shinto and Buddhist influences. Besides the principal kami (deity) of the shrine, O-mono-nushi-no-kami, the spirit of the Sutoku Emperor is also worshipped there. O-mono-nushi-no-mikoto is worshipped as the guardian deity of seafarers. Besides the Homotsu-kan (Treasure Hall) and the Omote Sho-in hall, there are many other fascinating things to see, including the Takahashi Yuichi Hall, where oil paintings by the renowned artist Takahashi Yuichi are on display.

    Most visitors pass by this shrine, labouring upwards (or downwards). The other places are free, here you have to pay a (modest) entry fee. But oh so worth it. Stunning art by Maruyama Okyo. For me...

  • Shodoshima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Kodo-cho, Shodojima-cho, Shodo-gun, Kagawa prefecture
    Floating in the Seto Inland Sea with its groves of olive trees, Shodoshima Island was also the stage for Sakae Tsuboi’s novel, Twenty Four Eyes. There is a whole host of things to do on the island including the Twenty Four Eyes Movie Village, the Olive Park, and the Nakayamano Tanada (terraced rice paddies), known as one of the best 100 rice terraced fields in Japan.
  • Marugame Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Marugameshi Ichibanchou
    Marugame Castle is a flatland-mountain castle built in Kameyama at a height of approximately 66 meters. It is also called Kameyama Castle. This castle has won fame as a fine stone walled castle; various methods of stacking stones can be seen in this castle such as using stone worked on by a mason which is stacked up and implanted with Japanese clover, stacking natural stone which has been joined together and stacking the unworked surface of quarried stones. The castle tower is enshrined by a stone wall and is said to be the highest in Japan, which is one of the castle towers out of the 12 remaining castle towers in existence and even now conveys a characteristic beauty of form which is harmonized with nature. In 1957, the Ote Ichino-mon Gate and Ote Nino-mon Gate were designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
  • Angel Road
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Shouzuguntonoshouchou Ginpura
    This mysterious sand road appears and disappears with the changing of the tide. It’s said that if you cross Angel Road while holding hands with that special someone that your wishes come true. Beautiful scenery awaits you any time of day from sunrise to evening. Try sending a mail from the mailbox at the gift shop. They will post-mark it with olive and Angel Road designs. The road is about a five-minute drive from Tonosho Port.
  • Sun Olive Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Nishimura A: 1941-1
    This onsen resort is located on the beautiful island of Shodoshima in Kagawa prefecture, overlooking the peninsula that was the setting for the movie Twenty-Four Eyes. In addition to 8 types of natural spring baths, this resort features a restaurant, a multi-purpose hall, meeting rooms, and tennis courts, providing a great setting for social exchange. The lodge is available for overnight accommodations.
  • Marukin Soy Sauce Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Nouma A 1850
    This museum was constructed in 1987 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of Marukin Shoyu. The gassho-zukuri (a traditional style of Japanese architecture with a steep thatched roof) building has been designated as a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property. Inside the museum are panels that introduce the soy sauce manufacturing process and displays of tools that were actually used in the production of soy sauce since the company was founded. Visitors can try soy sauce soft cream in the adjacent production building and this unique flavor can only be had here. Tours of the press factory that is currently still in use are also possible.
  • Twenty-Four Eyes Movie Studio
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Tanoura
    This is a theme park that has repurposed the open set that served as the filming location in the 1987 movie Twenty-Four Eyes. Homes, the school and fishermen’s residences that stand side-by-side harken back to the early Showa period and convey the appearance of the film’s world. In addition to the Tsuboi Sakae Memorial Museum dedicated to the author of the novel the film was based on, the Shochikuza Movie Theater that regularly screens Twenty-Four Eyes, and the “Kinema no Iori” gallery that introduces various Japanese films of the 1950s, there is also a restaurant and cafe on site.
  • Misaki no Bunkyojo
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Tanoura Jia 977-1
    This is a spot that is famous for serving as a location for the filming of the 1954movie Twenty-Four Eyes. Ever since it was built in 1902 it was used as the Noma Elementary School Tanoura Branch for approximately 70 years. The classrooms remain as they were at the time with desks, an organ and creations by schoolchildren left behind, and there is no end to the visits by fans of the film and original novel.
  • Kankakei
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Kankakedori
    Shodoshima offers scenery to enjoy in all four seasons. Kankakei, located nearly in the center of the island, is a valley located between the island’s highest peak of Mt. Hoshigajo and Shihozashi. Andesite and agglomerate, which formed approximately 13 million years ago due to volcanic activity, have turned over a long period of time into strangely shaped rocks and bizarre stones. From the ropeway visitors can enjoy fresh green foliage in the early summer, the intense colors of the leaves in the autumn, and the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea, and even encounter unusual flora and fauna on the hiking trail. It is ranked as one of Japan’s three most beautiful gorges, and this valley offers some of Shodoshima’s most picturesque scenery.
  • Kankakei Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Kankakedori Takase Yu 168
    The Kankakei Ropeway runs across Kankakei Gorge, which is considered to be one of the three most beautiful gorges in Japan; the Ropeway extends from the foothills right up to the mountain peak. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful scenery in the Gorge, which changes with the seasons. The views of the Seto Inland Sea in the distance provide a marvelous contrast to the mountain vistas. The journey up the Ropeway takes approximately five minutes to complete.
  • Senmaida Terraced Rice Fields, Nakayama
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Nakayama
    The Senmaida terraced rice fields are located in Nakayama district in the center of Shodoshima (Shodo Island). They are the only terraced rice fields in Kagawa Prefecture selected for inclusion in the “Top 100 Most Beautiful Terraced Rice Fields in Japan.” There are around 800 individual fields, which appear to climb in “waves” up the slopes of the hills, to a height of 200 meters above sea-level. This area is famous as the location for many scenes in the award-winning movie Rebirth (Yokame no Semi). The Nakayama Mushi-okuri Festival, a traditional festival with a history going back around 300 years, is held locally every year in July.
  • Cafe Salon Nakaoku
    93 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Kagawagunnaoshimachou Honmura Middle back 1167
    Located in the Honmura district of Naoshima Town, Cafe Salon Nakaoku is a secluded, home-like café in a refurbished traditional farmhouse. The café owner is a native-born Naoshima islander. The café is renowned for its coffee, particularly its original-blend coffees with a “fruity” flavor that are the house specialty, but there is also a wide range of alcoholic beverages available. Cafe Salon Nakoku is located about three minutes’ walk from Minamidera with its Art House Project, in which a vacant house has been repurposed as an art museum. The café is a great place to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere.

    I was attracted by the many high ratings, and it was good but not that special. We walked from Miyanoura port, a little under 2km, an easy walk. The setting is very attractive, an old house set up...

  • Aisunao
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Kagawagunnaoshimachou 761-1
    Aisunao is a Japanese restaurant located in a converted traditional house (built around 80 years ago) in the Honmura district of Naoshima Town. The restaurant is easily recognized by the blue entrance curtain featuring a stylized and very cute depiction of a rice bowl. The house specials include a wide range of flavorful dishes featuring organically-grown unpolished rice (with a pleasantly chewy consistency) and vegetables. Many of the dishes served here are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and the restaurant also offers a range of vegan-friendly desserts made without eggs or dairy products.
  • Uchiwa no Minato Museum (POLCA)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Marugameshi Minatomachi 307-15
    The Uchiwa no Minato Museum (POLCA) is a museum dedicated to the history of Marugame uchiwa (traditional paper fans). During the Edo period, it became customary to buy Marugame paper fans as souvenirs of a pilgrimage to the Kotohira Shrine, and fan-making became an important local industry in Marugame. The making of Marugame uchiwa fans has been designated a National Traditional Craft. The exhibits in POLCA include examples of different types of Marugame uchiwa fan dating from the Edo period to the present day, as well as the main regional fan styles from other parts of Japan, and mannequins showing the fan-making process, etc. There is also a demonstration area where visitors can see traditional fan-making techniques being demonstrated. POLCA is located around 15 minutes’ walk from JR Marugame Station.
  • Kinryo-no-sato Sake Museum
    61 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kogaira-machi Nakatadogi-gun Kagawa Prefecture 623
    Located around 10 minutes’ walk from JR Kotohira Station, the Kinryo-no-sato Sake Museum is operated by the brewers of Kinryo Sake, Kotohira’s local sake brand. The museum is directly opposite the entrance to the avenue leading up to the Kotohira-gu Shrine. Situated in a converted sake warehouse, the museum’s History Hall shows how sake was traditionally produced, using displays of authentic implements. The Culture Hall, situated in a former malthouse, presents displays about the history and culture associated with sake-brewing, and has interesting exhibits such as tokkuri (traditional earthenware sake bottles), sake cups, etc. Visitors to the Kinryo-no-sato Sake Museum can also enjoy tastings of Kinryo Sake.

    The shop and museum by "KInryo", the largest Sake maker in town. Kinryo produces different kinds of Sake as well as some other products year around. At museum, you can see the process of making Sake...

  • Konpira Udon noodle restaurant
    92 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Prefecture Nakadatsu-gun Kotohira Town 810-3
    Located on the approach avenue leading to Kotohira-gu Shrine, Konpira Udon is a long-established restaurant whose specialty is hand-made Sanuki Udon Noodles. What makes Sanuki Udon Noodles particularly enjoyable is the special way they are eaten, accompanied by specially-made soy sauce rather than dashi soup. A wide range of toppings and set meals are available. As a convenient place to enjoy the authentic taste of Sanuki Udon Noodles, Konpira Udon is very popular. The building in which the restaurant is located is over 100 years old and is a designated Cultural Property; diners can get a real sense of the past here.

    Delicious, and customer with english communication But nothing special from other udon stores (chiken fries are a little bit salty)

  • Kawafuku flagship store
    64 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Daikumachi 2-1 Lion street
    Located on Lion Avenue roughly 10 minutes’ walk from the Kotoden railway company’s Kataharamachi Station, Kawafuku is a long-established Sanuki Udon Noodles restaurant. The restaurant has been in existence since 1950. Kawafuku is particularly famous as the first restaurant to sell zarudon (chilled Udon noodles), which is still a popular item on the menu, at any time of year. The Kawafuku flagship store stays open until midnight.

    Just found it by random and it was really good. I really love the curry udon. Price was great too and very easy to access.

  • Tsurumaru restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Furubabachou 9-34
    Located in Takamatsu's downtown area around five minutes' walk from Kawaramachi Station (on the Kotoden Kotohira Line), the Tsurumaru restaurant stays open until 3:00 in the morning. It advertises itself as “an Udon Noodle restaurant where you can have a final bite to eat after a night out.” The noodles are hand-made, and always taste fresh and delicious. Besides Udon Noodles, Tsurumaru's self-service Oden stew is also very popular.
  • Temple No. 84, Yashimaji Temple
    144 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Yashimahigashimachi 1808
    The Yashima-ji Temple is an Omuro-sect Shingon Buddhist temple in Takamatsu City. It is the 84th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and is said to have been founded by the monk Ganjin in 754. The Yashima-ji Temple has several Important Cultural Properties, including the Hon-do hall and the temple bell, as well as a wooden statue of a seated Senju Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) which is the main object of veneration in the temple and which can be viewed in the Homotsu-kan (Treasure Hall). Other artifacts on display in the Homotsu-kan include an illustrated scroll of the Genpei Josuiki (an extended version of the Heike Monogotari, or “Tale of the Heike”), a white banner of the Genji clan, and a folding screen painting of the Battle of Yashima.

    As a long-term foreign resident in Takamatsu, I have often come to this temple to visit. There are a variety of ways to get to the top, and the hiking paths can be a bit challenging. With kids in...

  • Shikoku Mura open-air museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Yashimanakamachi 91
    Shikoku Mura (“Shikoku Village”) is an open-air museum located about 20 minutes’ drive to the east of JR Takamatsu Station. The exhibits include traditional farmhouses from various parts of Shikoku (dating from the Edo and Meiji periods) that were moved and re-erected here, as well as traditional public buildings such as a village kabuki stage, and several traditional industrial facilities that have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, including a traditional sugar-cane processing facility. The Shikoku Mura Gallery located on the museum site exhibits a wide range of artworks, from European paintings to Oriental sculptures, etc.

Kagawa Main Areas


Japan’s smallest prefecture, Kagawa, may take up just a small corner of Shikoku, but it has grown increasingly popular with the recognition of Naoshima, its "art island" in the Seto Inland Sea between Shikoku and Honshu. Just a stone’s throw from the islands, mainland Kagawa’s prefectural capital, Takamatsu, holds history in its castle ruins and its pride and joy, Ritsurin Garden, is known as one of the country’s best gardens.

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