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  • Ritsurin Garden (designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty)
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    4.5
    1325 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.

    We visited this garden using a local line but got out at Ritsurin instead of Ritsurin-Koen-Kitaguchi. This must me a common mistake as the lady at the ticket office handed us a walking map to the...

  • Sanuki Mannou Park
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    4.0
    56 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...

  • Shodoshima Olive Garden
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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.
  • MIMOCA (Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art)
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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.
  • Uchiwa no Minato Museum (POLCA)
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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.
  • Kinryo-no-sato Sake Museum
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    4.0
    61 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...

  • Sanuki Folk Craft Museum
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Ritsurinchou 1-20-16 In Kuribayashi Park
    This folk craft hall preserves and exhibits approximately 3,900 artisan works not only of historic Kagawa, Sanuki, but from all over Japan, including craftwork, household items, furniture, and Japanese roof tile, kawara. Opened in 1965, the exhibition hall is divided into the new crafts hall, the old crafts hall, and the kawara tile exhibit, each with their own permanent exhibits. (The furniture exhibit is closed currently.) It is just a two-minute walk from the JR Ritsurin Koen Kitaguchi Station.
  • Shikoku Mura open-air museum
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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.
  • Kagawa Prefectural Higashiyama Kai Setouchi Art Museum
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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.
  • Forest Shuzo Morikuni Gallery
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    Kagawa Pref. Shouzugunshoudoshimachou Umaki Party 1010-1
    Morikuni Shuzo is the only brewery on Shodoshima Island, and it produces high-quality sake by hand. In the gallery, they sell nihonshu with cute names like “fuwafuwa” (fluffy) and “fufufu”, local sake, masu-zake and lees. There is a café&bar as well, so you can try some sake, sweets or a light meal.
  • Reoma Resort(New Reoma World)
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    Kagawa Pref. Marugameshi Ayautachoukurikumanishi 40-1
    Located in Marugame City, Kagawa Prefecture, this is the largest theme park in the Chugoku and Shikoku region. The park plays host to a whole range of fun things to do including 22 rides and attractions, parades and 3D projection mapping shows. The Gokko Town area where visitors can have a go at 19 types of jobs, and the Oriental Trip where visitors can explore reproductions of famous sights in Asia and seasonal flowers are also popular. As well as light shows in the evening, for which they have won the National Illumination Awards three years running, they also have an outdoor pool open during the summer. A day-trip to the Hotel Reoma no Mori next door for an all-you-can-eat buffet and a hot spring bath is highly recommended.
  • New Yashima Aquarium
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    3.5
    49 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...

  • Shirotori Zoo
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    4.5
    31 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...

  • Kitahama Alley
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    3.5
    76 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Kitahamachou 4-14
    This commercial complex in Kitahama Town, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture opened in 2000 after being renovated from a series of old warehouses built at the beginning of the Showa period. It was built in the image of the back alleys of a port town, giving the building a retro feel. It is filled with trendy boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and unique variety shops. You’ll also find galleries that host art and photo exhibitions, as well as a plaza that hosts concerts and flea markets, making it a popular date spot.

    This is a nice area to visit if you want a break from some of the "usual" haunts for shopping and dining. This area hosts art displays and is located in a very nice area just east of Takamatsu...

  • The Kagawa Museum
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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.
  • Kotohiki Park
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    Kagawa Pref. Kanonjishi Ariakechou
    This park is a part of the Setonaikai National Park and has been designated a National Places of Scenic Beauty. This park contains a large sand painting in the shape of a copper coin from the Edo period, and it looks amazing when viewed from the summit of Mt. Kotohiki. It is illuminated at night, giving it a completely different look than in the daytime. Other sights worth seeing include Kotohiki Hachimangu Shrine and Jinnein Temple.
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Hanazonochou 2-1-8 Mori Building 2F
    This general goods gallery shop is located in Hanazono Town, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture and focuses on Kagawa artwork and folkcrafts. You’ll find Kagawa products listed in the “IKUNAS” magazine for sale here, along with plenty of other items that combine tradition with a modern sensibility. There’s lacquer ware, Sanuki-type temari balls, decorative roof tiles, Hota woven fabric, and many other items that showcase the craftsmanship of their creators, making them a hit with tourists looking for souvenirs.
  • Takamatsu Symbol Tower
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    Kagawa Prefecture Takamatsu City Sunport 2-1 Takamatsu Symbol Tower
    This skyscraper, completed in 2004, is in Sunport, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. It is the highest building in Shikoku at 151.3 meters high and in the complex of 30 floors are offices, event halls, commercial facilities, and showrooms etc. There is a free observation deck on the 30th floor of the Tower Building with a panoramic view of Takamatsu City to the Seto Inland Sea and as far as Yashima Island, popular for tourists and couples. The restaurants overlooking the spectacular view as well as a variety of nationally famous ramen restaurants brought together in the Takamatsu Ramen Port are also popular.
  • MeiPAM
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    Kagawa Pref. Shouzuguntonoshouchou Kou 405
    Complex intricate alleys remain in Tonosho Town, the “Town of the Maze,” in Shozu County, Kagawa Prefecture, which were once used to escape wars and pirates. “MeiPAM” is an art project making use of the old buildings and things remaining in the town, to encourage people to visit. There are a variety of stores throughout the town to be enjoyed leisurely, including art galleries in restored former soy sauce shops warehouses, and cellars from the Meiji period. Cafeterias using Shodoshima Island and Setouchi (Inland Sea) produce, books and sundries shops, and fashionable cafes are popular for meals and breaks when exploring the town.
  • Kotohira Kaiyo Hakubutsukan (Maritime Science Museum)
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
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    953 Kotohira-machi Nakatadi-gun Kagawa Prefecture
    The Kotohira Kaiyo Hakubutsukan maritime science museum is located immediately adjacent to the Kanamaru-za theater, Japan’s oldest Kabuki theater, where Konpira Kabuki performances are held; the theater is situated on the pathway leading up the famous Konpira-san shrine, dedicated to the god of the sea. The museum has a sound theatre, models that recreate an Edo-period harbor, a ship maneuvering simulator that allows visitors to experience steering a ship, etc., along with a wide range of materials relating to nature (with a focus on the sea), ships and maritime affairs.

    金比羅宮の参道を南に反れ、金丸座方面へと向かいます途中にありますのが、この海の科学館です。金比羅宮や金丸座などなど、周辺全体で日本古来からの雰囲気を醸し出してる中、ちょっと場違いな感じで、科学館が立てられています。でも、考えてみれば、金毘羅宮は、海の神様ですから、それにちなんで、建てられた科学館とは思いますが、いつ来ましても、あまり、お客さんが入ってないような感じなので、出来れば周りの雰囲気に合致...

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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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