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Nature Spots in Kagawa Area

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mt. Doun
    Travel / Tourism
    Shodoshima cho Kodo-gun, Kagawa prefecture
    A mountain and the first station of 88 sacred places on the Shodoshima Pilgrimage on the island of Shodoshima. A stunning natural phenomenon occurs here known as the Summer Solstice Kannon, which may only be viewed from early June to mid-July; during this time, when sunlight pours into the mountain's cave, the light striking the walls looks like a figure of the deity Kannon, and each year many people visit here to see the sight.
  • Naoshima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Kagawagunnaoshimachou
    Naoshima has three settlements: Miyanoura, where ferries arrive and depart, Honmura, which was a castle town during the Warring States period, and the fishing port of Tsumuura. An important base for maritime transport starting in the Edo period, today it offers atmospheric historic neighborhoods mingling with modern creative influences. Traditional entertainment also flourished as the territory was under the direct control of the Shogunate during the Edo period. The island's renowned all-women bunraku puppet theater is still performed today.
  • Onigashima Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Megichou 2633
    This large cave is on Megijima Island, associated with Onigashima from Japan's Momotaro legend. Located part way up Mt. Washigamine in the center of the island, it covers about 4,000 square meters and is 400 meters deep. It's popular for its reproductions of an ogre banquet hall, living room, and ogre guard's quarters from the story. The gift shop next to the cave serves millet dumplings, a favorite of the legend's hero.
  • Goshikidai
    Travel / Tourism
    Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, Sakaide City
    Goshikidai is a lava plateau spanning Sakaide City and Takamatsu City which offers a lovely drive with a view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. Five peaks rise to the north: Komine (Mt. Crimson), Kinomine (Mt. Yellow), Kuromine (Mt. Black), Aomine (Mt. Blue), and Shiramine (Mt. White). Sites you can visit include Shiromineji Temple and Negoroji Temple (the 81st and 82nd temples respectively on the Shikoku Pilgrimage Route), the Mausoleum of Emperor Sutoku, the Seto Inland Sea Folk History Museum, a lookout, and the Kyukamura Sanuki-Goshikidai National Park Resort Village.
  • Lake Fuchu
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Fuchuchou
    This artificial lake was made in 1964 by damming Dondoro-fuchi on the Aya River. It's been named one of the Top 100 New Sanuki Views. The Takamatsu Expressway's cable-stayed bridge is near the center of the lake, and there's an arch bridge that reflects clearly on the surface of the lake on sunny days. As artificial lakes tend to have few waves, it's also a venue for canoeing events.
  • Yoshima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Yoshimachou
    Yoshima Island is one of the Shiwaku Islands and was formerly a marine transport hub. As with the surrounding islands, quarrying of high-quality granite once flourished there, and as many as 30 companies operated on Yoshima at the height of its prosperity in the Showa period. Today it has the only parking area on the Seto Ohashi Bridge. It has a great 360-degree view, and its shop sells Setouchi souvenirs.
  • Chichibugahama Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Mitoyoshi Niochounio Otsu 203-3
    This roughly one-kilometer long beach is also known as the Salar de Uyuni of Japan. It's been designated one of the Japan’s 100 best sunset destinations. The scenery is truly superb between 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after sunset when two conditions are satisfied: the tide and sunset coincide and there is no wind to make waves on the surface of the water.
  • Mt. Shiude
    Travel / Tourism
    Kasama-cho, Santoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture
    This mountain is on the Shonai Peninsula, which is closely associated with the legend of Urashima Taro (a popular Japanese folk tale). As the story goes, Urashima Taro opened a box and white smoke poured out, collecting as a purple cloud over Mt. Shiude (a mountain of emerging purple clouds). The spectacular view from the top of the mountain has gorgeous seasonal scenery year-round. It's particularly stunning when its roughly 1,000 cherry trees are in full bloom.
  • Manno Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nakanado Gunma Town, Kagawa Prefecture
    This pond is associated with a dragon legend depicted in ''A Dragon is Caught by a Tengu Goblin,'' the first story in volume 20 of Konjaku Monogatarishu, an ancient collection of tales. It can hold 15.4 million cubic meters of water, making it the largest reservoir in the prefecture. It has long been used as an irrigation source. During rice planting season, you might spot the faint lights of the local Manno fireflies. They're a little larger than the common variety.
  • Honjima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Marugameshi Honjimachou
    "This island is approximately a 35 minute ferry ride from Marugame Port. The island with Kasashima, the prosperous headquarters of the Shiwaku Navy during the Edo period (1603-1868), many precious cultural heritages remain to this day. Currently there are many guided tours as a tourist attraction, and you can enjoy famous spots including the locations of scenes from the movie ""Kikansha Sensei"" and the Shiwaku Navy course going around places related to the navy, as well as the Honjima Island Building course to see different structures. In addition, it is appealing because you can see the beautiful landscape unique to the islands, and the area was chosen as one of Japan's top 100 promenades."
  • Mt. Ino (Sanuki Fuji)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kano Prefecture Marugame City Iinomachi
    This mountain is in Marugame City, Kagawa Prefecture. At 422 meters tall, its rounded cone shape earned it the nickname Sanuki Fuji. In 2005 it was selected one of 100 Famous Japanese New Mountains . The observation deck on the peak offers a view over the Sanuki Plain. It straddles both Marugame City and Sakaide City, so each has its own trailhead.
  • Fudo Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Takamatsu-shi Shionoecho Yasuharakamihigashi
    This waterfall is situated along the Kitaitani River, a tributary of the Koto River. The waterfall’s name is derived from an image of Fudo (Acala) which the great priest Kobo Daishi cut into a rock when he engaged in ascetic training here. The 40-meter-tall waterfall consists of five tiers and is thus also known as “Five Tier Falls.” Situated amidst the mountains away from the city center, visitors rave that coming here feels like you’ve wondered into a lost land. The waterfall was designed a Natural Monument by the prefecture in 1976.
  • Tsutajima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Mitoyo-shi Niocho
    This is a small-uninhabited island about one kilometer west from the Nio Harbor. There is a larger Otsuta Island and a small Kotsuta Island, together called Tsuta Islands. The ferries only run from Nio Harbor to these nearby islands from April through October. In the summer, they are popular island that are full of visitors enjoying the beach and leisure activities. These uninhabited islands do not even have vending machines or, naturally, any form of electrically powered devices. A beach clubhouse is set up during the summer season, and visitors can purchase simple meals and snacks. The ferryboats do not run on a schedule, but rather just whenever a customer needs to be ferried. In order to return back to Shikoku Island, one must call the ferry by phone.
  • Utsukushi-no-hara Plateu
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Shozu-gun Shodoshimacho Jin
    Upon the opening of a passageway for mountain buses to this central location on the island in 1959 these highlands were named the Utsukushi-no-hara Kogen. Until that time it had been called Shihozashi, meaning pointing four-directions as there is no visual obstruction in any direction. It is the only promontory on Shodo Island. From here one can see, below, the famous sites Kankakei Gorge, Utsumi Bay nearby, and Himeji or Awaji Island in the distance as well as a sweeping view of the Shikoku mountain range. From the observation deck, only 30 steps up from the ground, visitors have an magnificent panoramic view surrounded by various blooming trees that vary with each season. A wonderfully scenic spot during the daytime but it is also a popular site for enjoying the nightscape of the surrounding towns and islands. This observation deck, at only 777 meters in elevation is a representative spot on Shodo Island known where many enjoy the sunrise on New Year’s day.
  • Ogijima
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Takamatsu-shi Ogicho
  • Shishijima no Okusu
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Mitoyo-shi Takumacho Shishijima
  • Choshikei
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Shozu-gun Tonoshocho Hitoyama 1341
  • Fudonotaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Takamatsu-shi Shionoecho Yasuharakami Higashikitai

Kagawa Areas

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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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