Plateau Spots in Kagawa Area

  • 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.

Kagawa 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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