Spots in Kagawa Area

  • Ritsurin Garden (designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty)
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    4.5
    1553 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Ritsurinchou 1-20-16
    Situated in the eastern foothills of Shiun-zan (Mt. Shiun), Ritsurin Garden was formerly the garden of a daimyo (feudal lord), and is now a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Of the gardens in Japan that are designated as Special Places of Scenic Beauty, this is one of the largest. The Garden comprises the North Garden, which was completed in modern times, and the South Garden, which features a circuitous path round a pond. With the verdant greenery of Mt. Shiun as a backdrop, the Ritsurin Garden is beautifully laid out, with six ponds and thirteen artificial hills; in every season (spring, summer, autumn and winter) the garden has its own unique majesty. There are a number of places to stop and rest within the garden, including the Higurashi-tei teahouse and the Ritsurin-an shop, which sells local specialty products from various parts of Kagawa Prefecture. The garden can be reached by bus from JR Takamatsu Station; get off at the “Ritsurin Garden” stop.

    This is probably one of the best gardens Ive been to. Despite being a popular tourist destination, there is still enough space to walk around since this place is huge. Moreover, there is no...

  • Roadside Station Shodoshima Olive Park
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    4.0
    428 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Nishimura A: 1941-1
    This rest area is located within Shodoshima Olive Park in Shodoshima Town, Shodoshima County, Kagawa Prefecture. About 2,000 olive trees and over 130 types of herbs are cultivated here, and the park offers an expansive view of the Seto Inland Sea. The pure white “Greek windmill” and other features give the area a distinctly Mediterranean feel. The site includes a cafe with a wonderful view, as well as the “Olive Museum,” which has a shop that offers various olive-themed goods. There’s also an herb garden and the rocket used in the live-action adaptation of “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” along with a natural hot spring, a craft workshop facility, a lodging facility, and more. The cherry blossoms from late March through early April are gorgeous, and there are night cherry blossom light-up events held as well.

    Shodoshima is more recently known for its Olive Oil and this park celebrates it. It has a large grove of olive trees in front an behind the main building. There are land marks dotted around the...

  • Kotohira Onsen Kotosankaku
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    4.0
    397 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    685-11, Kodairacho, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
    A five-minute walk from the front approach to Kotohiragu Shrine, this is one of the largest hot spring inns on Shikoku. They offer a luxurious experience and an elaborate array of baths including a large common bath, an open-air bath, and their famous rose bath. They have a day-use plan for groups of 10 or more.

    This was a nice hotel experience for us and the price was relatively good for a ryokan. We actually got an option without the in-room meal, which we really enjoyed because of the nearby udon and...

  • Tamamo Park (Ruins of Takamatsu Castle)
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    4.0
    349 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Tamamochou 2-1
    Takamatsu Castle was the residence of the Ikoma family, the lords of Sanuki Province, and subsequently of the Matsudaira clan, the rulers of the Takamatsu domain. Tamamo Park has been created around the Castle ruins. Takamatsu Castle was famous as one of Japan’s three great “water castles.” The Castle’s Ushitorayagura Tower and Tsukimiyagura Tower still survive, along with the Hiunkaku villa and garden, which has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. With beautiful cherry blossom in the spring, a chrysanthemum exhibition in the autumn, etc., there is plenty to see and do at any time of year.

    The Takamatsu Castle is known as one of the only three castles which has a moat that is directly connected to the sea. The castle is unfortunately not around any more but there a few surviving...

  • Twenty-Four Eyes Movie Studio
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    4.0
    262 Reviews
    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.

    A short visit to see the old movie set for 24-eyes. It was interesting to see the old buildings and history of the author of the original book.

  • Zentsuji Temple
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    4.5
    184 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Zentsujichou 3-3-1
    Zentsuji Temple is the grand head temple of the Shingon sect Zentsuji school, located in Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture. It is the 75th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The area where the temple stands is known as the birthplace of Kobo Daishi (Kukai), and he himself built the temple over a period of six years from 807 with the aid of donations from his father. The temple is noted as one of the three holy sites linked to Kobo Daishi and has drawn worshipers since the olden days. Within the vast temple grounds are housed National Treasures relating to Kobo Daishi and numerous Important Cultural Properties. Saiin, or the Western Temple, is called the birthplace temple and it is here where visitors will find the ordination platform revered as the place of Kobo Daishi’s birth.

    Beautiful Temple and surroundings. You can learn so much from this visit. The birthplace of Kobo Daishi and Temple number 75 on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage on Shikoku.

  • Shikoku Mura open-air museum
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    4.0
    168 Reviews
    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.

    Whether you’re tripping the light fantastic across the ancient suspension bridge, taking selfies at the glass lighthouse, or comparing your artistic talents to those at the art gallery, there’s...

  • Temple No. 84, Yashimaji Temple
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    4.0
    167 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.

    We decided on a day between art islands we would go to see the 84 temple on the route of 88. Quick train ride, then we met a local who directed us to the start of the climb up. I think we took the...

  • Konpira Grand Theatre (Kanamaru-za)
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    4.5
    184 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kogaira-cho, Nakadatsu-gun, Kagawa Prefecture 1241
    This theater, located in Kotohira, Nakatado County, Kagawa Prefecture, is the oldest extant theater in Japan. It was built in 1835 as a playhouse for providing regular entertainment to believers in the seafaring deity Konpira, who had many followers in the Edo period. In 1970, it was designated a National Important Cultural Property. For four years beginning in 1972, it was restored and reconstructed in its present location, and it exudes the style and chic of the typical Edo period theater at the time. Every April, the “Shikoku Konpira Grand Kabuki Performance” is held, which attracts many kabuki fans from outside the prefecture.

    Just the building to see, no props. A short tour in english and then you can wonder around yourself, trying to image what it would be like during a performance.

  • Marine Station Naoshima
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    4.0
    93 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Kagawagunnaoshimachou 2249-40
    You’ll find this station at the Miyanoura Port ferry terminal in Naoshima Town, Kagawa County, Kagawa Prefecture. It features a bold design that befits its role as the entrance to Naoshima, and island known for its culture and artistry. Inside the facility, there’s a tourism information center, a cafe, a waiting area, a ticket purchasing area, a specialty goods shop, and a bus terminal, and the place is always bustling with tourists. Next to the building is the “red pumpkin,” an impressive outdoor art installation by Yayoi Kusama featuring a vibrant red dotted design.

    Tourist information center right after Miyanoura port. Can get the only bus operating in Naoshima in front of here. Many souvenirs are also arranged.

  • Marukin Soy Sauce Museum
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    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.

    We visited here with a group of 15 and found it very interesting to see how soy sauce was made in the old days. We did not realise what a long and labour intensive process it was. The small shop on...

  • Kotohira-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    21 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.

    金刀比羅宮の御本宮の手前にありました。この旭社もかなり立派な建築物で、本宮と間違えそうになりました。ここまでくると本宮までもあと少しでした。朝早くに行ったのでそれほど人も多くなくて、静かな雰囲気を楽しめました。

  • Sanuki Mannou Park
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Nakatadogunmannouchou Yoshino 4243-12
    Boasting an area of 350 hectares, the Sanuki Mannou Park is the only state-owned park in Shikoku, located on the hills overlooking Manno-ike Pond, the largest domestic irrigation pond for farming, and famous for being the place where the monk, Kobo Daishi (Kukai) once roamed and practiced. Many people come to visit all year round for the sports facilities on offer like park golf and cycling, and the leisure facilities such as a barbecue area, a dog run and a caravan site, as well as the flower gardens with different kinds of cherry blossom which flower at different times during the season, and other gardens with a wide range of seasonal flowers.

    Close to Manno pond, Sanuki Manno Park is full of trails, fields, and forests, in addition to a wide variety of playground equipment. Great for a solo meander or a family afternoon, Manno park is...

  • Shodoshima Olive Garden
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Nishimura Instep 2171
    60 minutes by ferry from Takamatsu Port. This is the birthplace of domestic olive production in Japan, an olive garden stretching on the plateau overlooking the natural beauty of the seas of Shodoshima Island. The “Olive no Oka” includes a 100-years old olive tree, interactive sculptures by sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and a gallery featuring Akari. You can enjoy local Shodoshima Island flavor with “Hishio don” and “olive somen noodles” at Olive Palace—a restaurant which also sells olive oil and a variety of homemade olive products.

    近くに、オリーブ公園があり、一見、違いがあまりわかりませんでした。 ただ、多くの人の手が入っているのは分かりました。 駐車場での、案内、土産物屋での定員の様子が感じよかったように思います。

  • Kagawa Prefectural Higashiyama Kai Setouchi Art Museum
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Shamijima Nantong 224-13
    This art museum overlooks the Seto-ohashi Bridge and Hitsuishi-jima Island, the birthplace of Higashiyama Kai’s grandfather. It stores more than 270 lithographs donated by the Higashiyama family, and holds exhibitions of various themes. The view from the cafe overlooking the Seto Inland Sea and the Seto-ohashi Bridge is a magnificent.

    I love works of this artist and feel a little disappointed to see a special exhibition where painting of other artists were displayed, haha. I try to characterise his works:they may look simple on...

  • Roadside Station Seto Ohashi Kinen Park
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Bannosumidorichou 6-13
    "This roadside station is near Seto Ohashi Bridge in Seto Ohashi Memorial Park which bills itself as a ""Bridge Land of Water, Greenery, and Sun."" Its waterfront, large lawn area, and playscape make it popular with parents and kids alike. The Seto Ohashi Memorial Hall provides an accessible introduction to the history of bridge's construction, telling the whole story through images and moving models. They also sell items like Seto-ohashi postcards and bridge building crafts."

    It is a nice park with beautiful view. Not much people and you can have a nice and romantics walk with your boy/girl friend and take a good rest. We also enjoyed the cake set in the lounge of the...

  • Roadside Station Genpei no Sato Mure
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    68 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Murechouhara 631-7
    Approximately 15 minutes by car via Takamatsu-higashi/Shido Interchange. This roadside station is located in Mure Town, Takamatsu City—stage of the Genpei-Yashima battle. The spacious lot includes an information center, a rest area, a seafood restaurant and shops offering local products. Products are displayed for sale in a corner featuring traditional cultural goods, sake, sweets, and Kagawa’s famous Sanuki udon. There are fresh local vegetables too. The seafood restaurant “Jakoya” is self-serve, primarily offering fresh seafood from Seto Inland Sea for a reasonable price.

    There is a big park for the kids to play at the back. You can buy local veges or fruits, or UDON print towels, or other goods. I liked them!

  • MIMOCA (Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art)
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    4.5
    74 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Marugameshi Hamamachi 80-1
    MIMOCA (Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art) is an art museum in Marugame City. The museum was established to celebrate the artistic career of Genichiro Inokuma, an artist who grew up in the Marugame area and who later became a leading figure in international art circles, as well as to help reinvigorate culture and the arts in the Marugama region. MIMOCA’s location was chosen to make it easily accessible from the nearby railway station, giving it a more convenient location than more or less any other museum of its kind in Japan. The permanent exhibitions showcase the roughly 20,000 artworks that have been donated to the museum; in addition, several special exhibitions are held every year. The museum café has won acclaim for its “limited-edition” desserts, which are changed frequently to accompany MIMOCA’s special exhibitions.

    The museum is 2min from JR Marugame Station. The building is beautiful and contemporary. Inside is spacious and many exhibits on each floor. It was interesting to know that Mr. Inokumas art changed...

  • Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
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    4.5
    90 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Murechoumure 3519
    This art museum lets you bask in the world of Isamu Noguchi, a leading 20th century sculptor. He worked on an enormous range of projects like landscape design involving monuments, gardens, and parks, interiors with furniture and lighting fixtures, and stage art. He was a singular artist, and this cosmopolitan space has a universality that transcends genres.

    Im not a fan of sculpture. I went there rather because Im curious about the artist himself. Visitors need to make reservation beforehand. The museum is located at the suburban area of Takamatsu...

  • Yakuri Cable Cars
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Murechoumure 3378-3
    This cable car with a slope length of 684 meters and a height difference of 167 meters connects the Mt. Yaguriyama Summit Station on the side of Mt. Goken to Yakura Tozan Guchi Station. Once popular as a place of ascetic practice experience, the cable is used by many people, mainly worshipers to Yakuri Temple, the 85th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It only takes visitors a few minutes to walk from Yaguri Summit Station to Yakuri Temple. The area of Mt. Gokenzan is also famous for its scenery with beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, and stunning red leaves in autumn.

    This cable car gets you up to Yakuriji temple, temple no 85 on the Shikoku temple pilgrimage. The temple is well worth seeing. But the cable car is enormous fun in its own right. It looks like...

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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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