Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Kagawa Area

  • Ritsurin Garden (designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty)
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    4.5
    1553 Reviews
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    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...

  • Shikoku Mura open-air museum
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    4.0
    168 Reviews
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    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...

  • Konpira Grand Theatre (Kanamaru-za)
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    4.5
    184 Reviews
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    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.

  • 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
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    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...

  • Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
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    4.5
    90 Reviews
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    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...

  • Shodoshima Olive Garden
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
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    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。

  • Sanuki Mannou Park
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
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    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...

  • 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...

  • Kinryo-no-sato Sake Museum
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    4.0
    80 Reviews
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    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...

  • New Yashima Aquarium
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Yashimahigashimachi 1785-1
    The New Yashima Aquarium is located on Mt. Yashima. There are plenty of things for visitors to experience such as feeding the manatees, seeing the dolphins up close and touching them from the glass-bottom boat, and touching the sea lions, etc. They also have a live show featuring the dolphins and staff.

    Truly the worst I’ve ever seen. Tiny , dirty tanks, sad animals, sea lions, penguins large turtles, hardly moving out of boredom and despair! Pitiful dolphin show. I forgot to check reviews before...

  • Takamatsu Art Museum
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Konyamachi 10-4
    This museum is located just off of the central shopping arcade in Takamatsu City, about a 10-minute walk from the Kataharamachi Station. The museum stores approximately 1,600 works around the three main themes: “Arts (and Crafts) of Kagawa” prefecture introducing the artisanal lacquer ware and metal crafts, the “20th Century Art and Beyond from Around the World” traces trends through woodblock prints, and the “Post-War Contemporary Japanese Art” introduces the exceptional leading writers influencing each post-war period. The literature corner with approximately 50,000 volumes, primarily on art and culture, is also available to visitors, while the museum shop sells seasonal exhibit related goods.

    Visited this museum during the Setochi Triennale in October 2019. The exhibitions, by young local and overseas artists were very good. Also enjoyed the coffee shop on the ground floor.

  • The Kagawa Museum
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Tamamochou 5-5
    This prefectural museum combines an art museum and a history museum into a single facility. The large interior features materials on Kagawa Prefecture’s history and life-size restored models, as well as permanent exhibitions on Kagawa-born authors such as Genichiro Inokuma and Isamu Noguchi. Visitors also have the chance to wear ceremonial court lady attire and battle armor and participate in other fun activities, and there’s also a reading corner and other facilities to give them a chance to immerse themselves in Kagawa’s history, art, and culture.

    Kagawa features exhibits of modern artwork from around the world, so, be prepared to see a little of this and a little of that from other cultures.

  • Nakazu Banshoen
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Marugameshi Nakaduchou 25-1
    Nakazu Banshoen was created in 1688 by the second Marugame feudal lord Kyogoku Takatoyo as part of his Nakatsu estate. The strolling garden has a pond side main structure and a tea room with a great view from the mezzanine floor stretching from the grounds to the sea. We also recommend the Kaifutei restaurant where you can dine in a relaxed atmosphere while gazing at the beautiful scenery of this Japanese garden.

    There is a small museum in this garden. This was made in 1688 and over 1500 pine trees and many kinds of flowers. There is also a nice restaurant and you can enjoy Japanese foods.

  • Choshikei Monkey Park
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    3.5
    47 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Shouzuguntonoshouchou Hitoyama Forceps 3387-10
    Choshikei Gorge is one of Shodoshima Island's top scenic areas, in the same league as Kankakei Gorge. You can encounter more than 500 monkeys that inhabit the valley at their Monkey Park and try feeding them under the caretaker's watchful gaze. There's a lookout above the gorge with a 360-degree view.

    I went here twice in 2010 and 2003 and it was better before because the surroundings were more natural. Later on, it looks more close to a zoo. The monkeys are free to roam around the side of a...

  • Shirotori Zoo
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Higashikagawashi Matsubara 2111
    Shirotori Zoo was established in 1985 in Higashikagawa City, Kagawa Prefecture. It is popular as a place where visitors can enjoy getting close to the animals without being hindered by cages and fences normally found at other zoos. Rabbits and peacocks can be seen freely roaming about around the zoo and the parking lot. And in the Animals Exploration Plaza, animals such as deer, goat, sheep, turkey, mouflon, and llama graze and wander freely. Other popular attractions include the impressive white tiger display, the Wanwan Plaza where visitors can play with unusual breeds of dog, and a stage with animal shows, etc.

    This private zoo is not very large, but is quite interesting. There are a wide range of animals, including a huge number of tigers, an elephant, a hyena, a hippo, and owls. However, the main appeal...

  • Sanuki Airport Park
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
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    Kagawa Takamatsu-shi Konancho Yusa 2953-1
    This public park adjoins Takamatsu Airport. It is divided into four areas. There is the Adventure Zone, which is the largest grassed space in the prefecture, the Sky Zone where one can watch the airplanes taking off, and the Country Zone that has a water square and an events area, and the Port Building Zone that has play equipment for children. The park has visitors year round for its changing seasonal foliage, like spring sakura and autumnal colors. In the center of the park is a natural grass-skiing area with slopes as long as 200 meters. There are slopes for children to adults and from beginners to advanced skiers.

    The small airport is surrounded by walking paths and fields of grasses and flowers. Dotted along the way are play areas for children, and on weekends there is a retired airplane open to explore for...

  • Nakanoya Takamatsu
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Nariaichou 8
    "This restaurant and souvenir shop offers a workshop that lets you try making Sanuki udon noodles by hand. With good access from Ritsurin Garden which is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, Yashima Island, and the temples of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage, you'll definitely want to stop by. Besides Sanuki udon, there are a lot of popular products such as the ""Nakano Udon School Set"" where you make the noodles by hand. They stock a lot of other special products from Shikoku too."

    Udon making is interesting but they put a wonderful twist on it to make it fun and exciting. Highly recommended!

  • Japan Dolphin Center
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Tsudamachitsuruwa 1520-130
    The Japan Dolphin Center celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2018 and offers fun for all ages. Visit to swim with the dolphins or try out training techniques. Other programs that provide the amazing experience of interacting with the dolphins include interacting with them in shallow water, feeding them, and more.

    We went there by car. It was a treat to see the dolphins up so close. They are really sweet and friendly and I could sit and watch them for hours. The staff looks smart, efficient and friendly. There...

  • Uchiwa no Minato Museum (POLCA)
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
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    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.

    Making fans was so enjoyable. We have seen many wonderful temples, gardens and castles and even been to Disney Tokyo. I have to say that for some reason this was one of the most memorable...

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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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