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  • Kotohira-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    5 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.

    Most visitors pass by this shrine, labouring upwards (or downwards). The other places are free, here you have to pay a (modest) entry fee. But oh so worth it. Stunning art by Maruyama Okyo. For me...

  • Sanuki Mannou Park
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    4.0
    56 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...

  • 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.
  • Marugame Castle
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    Kagawa Pref. Marugameshi Ichibanchou
    Marugame Castle is a flatland-mountain castle built in Kameyama at a height of approximately 66 meters. It is also called Kameyama Castle. This castle has won fame as a fine stone walled castle; various methods of stacking stones can be seen in this castle such as using stone worked on by a mason which is stacked up and implanted with Japanese clover, stacking natural stone which has been joined together and stacking the unworked surface of quarried stones. The castle tower is enshrined by a stone wall and is said to be the highest in Japan, which is one of the castle towers out of the 12 remaining castle towers in existence and even now conveys a characteristic beauty of form which is harmonized with nature. In 1957, the Ote Ichino-mon Gate and Ote Nino-mon Gate were designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
  • 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...

  • Konpira Udon noodle restaurant
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    4.0
    92 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Prefecture Nakadatsu-gun Kotohira Town 810-3
    Located on the approach avenue leading to Kotohira-gu Shrine, Konpira Udon is a long-established restaurant whose specialty is hand-made Sanuki Udon Noodles. What makes Sanuki Udon Noodles particularly enjoyable is the special way they are eaten, accompanied by specially-made soy sauce rather than dashi soup. A wide range of toppings and set meals are available. As a convenient place to enjoy the authentic taste of Sanuki Udon Noodles, Konpira Udon is very popular. The building in which the restaurant is located is over 100 years old and is a designated Cultural Property; diners can get a real sense of the past here.

    Delicious, and customer with english communication But nothing special from other udon stores (chiken fries are a little bit salty)

  • Seto-ohashi Bridge
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    From Okayama Prefecture Kurashiki City to Kagawa Prefecture Sakaide City
    This is the name given to the six bridges connecting Honshu and Shikoku that opened in 1988. It has also been certified by Guiness as the world's largest combined railway and road bridge. Every spring and autumn, there are tours where you can climb the tower (175 meters high above sea level). You can walk on the inspection passages of the JR Seto-Ohashi Line that are normally off limits, and enjoy the charming view of the magnificent scenery of the Seto Inland Sea from the top of the tower. In addition, it is illuminated after sunset every Saturday and other specified days, enabling you to see a romantic side not seen during the day.
  • 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."
  • Seto Ohashi Commemorative Hall and Exhibition Space
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Bannosumidorichou 6-13
    Seto-ohashi Bridge is one of the largest scale bridges in the world. In the commemorative Hall and Exhibition Space located in the Seto Ohashi Memorial Park, the techniques and construction of the bridge from beginning to end are showcased using images and models. The bridge has a depth of 50 meters below sea, a height of 200 meters and span of 9.4 kilometers. Don’t miss the bridge theater where you can enjoy the whole picture of the Seto-ohashi Bridge in high-definition. Audio guide is available in English, Chinese, and Korean.

    Looks a little creep from the outside (reminds me of the bombed dome structure in Hiroshima). Inside, it’s bigger than I thought. Should be really informative if you can read Japanese - English...

  • 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.
  • Yamagoe Udon
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    4.5
    233 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Ayautagunayagawachou Hayukakami 602-2
    Yamagoe Udon is an udon noodle restaurant founded in 1941 in Ayagawa Town, Ayauta County, Kagawa Prefecture, famous as the home of kamatama udon. Even during the week people are often waiting to get a table at this sought after restaurant. Kamatama udon was conceived when a regular customer came into the restaurant with an egg and ate it after mixing it with some hot udon noodles straight from the pot. Many people come for this great tasting dish of udon noodles made with the famous local waters, egg and specially made stock and soy sauce mixture all brought together in perfect harmony. The kamatamayama which is the kamatama udon topped with yam, is also popular. They also have a wide variety of toppings including tempura.

    I went there by udon bus tour. It was around 10am in the morning but already lots of people were eating udon. Kamata udon was really taste. Fried mashed potato was also great.

  • Nagata in Kanoka
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    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Konzoujichou 1180
    Nagata in Kanoka is a well-known kamaage udon (noodles straight from the pot) restaurant located about 10 minutes on foot from JR Konzoji Station. The restaurant also shows films reflecting udon noodles of Kagawa Prefecture. The kamaage udon noodles with their smooth, chewy texture made with a strong broth go together perfectly with the dipping sauce flavored with dried young sardine. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of side dishes such as takikomi-gohan (boiled rice seasoned with soy sauce and mixed with meat or seafood and savory vegetables) and ohagi (rice balls coated with sweetened red beans, soybean flour or sesame). The spacious restaurant also has seating at the counter making it easy for people by themselves to stop by for something to eat.
  • Zenigata Sunae
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    Kagawa Pref. Kanonjishi Ariakechou
    Zenigata Sunae is a large sand carving of an old copper coin used in the Edo period. It is located in the Kotohiki Park, a nationally designated place of scenic beauty. The impressive looking sand carving is 122 meters in length from east to west and 90 meters from north to south. For best views it is recommended to look from the top of Mt. Kotohiki. In recent years the place has gained a reputation for bringing good luck in terms of money, and at night the sand carving is lit up making for quite an impressive sight.
  • Zentsuji Temple
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    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.
  • Play Park Gold Tower
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    Kagawa Pref. Ayautagunutaduchou Hamaichibanchou 8-1
    This is an all-weather leisure spot lined with all kinds of amusement facilities such as karaoke, bowling and a playpark centered around a 158 meter-high sparkling gold observation tower and is popular with both children and adults. The top floor of the observation tower offers a panoramic view of the Seto-ohashi Bridge, the Seto Inland Sea and the townscape of Utazu.
  • Yamashita Udon
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    4.0
    96 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Yogitachou 284-1
    Located in Yogita Town, Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture, Yamashita Udon is famous for being the birthplace of bukkake-udon (cold udon noodles with chilled dashi sauce poured over them). People can often be found queuing to get into this popular restaurant on the holidays. Their prized udon noodles cooked in a large pot are particularly rich in flavor especially among Kagawa udon noodles with a smooth texture. As well as their signature bukkake-udon, niku udon (udon noodles with beef) and kake udon (fresh udon noodles in a simple dashi broth) are also popular. Popular toppings include their flavorsome kakiage tempura (mixed vegetable and seafood tempura) with tiny shrimps.

    Just had Dinner here, and everything is delivered quickly which is great after a long day of sightseeing with kids. The shop is very clean which can not be said about many such places. They have...

  • Hinode Seimenjo
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    4.5
    108 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Fujimichou 1-8-5
    This noodle shop is located about 10 minutes on foot from JR Sakaide Station. It is only open for one hour from 11:30 to 12:30 when visitors will be able to try their delicious udon (it is possible to get served if queuing at 12:30). The udon noodles, made by skilled noodle makers using the finest flour and seawater salt from the Seto Inland Sea has won the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Prize and the Kagawa Prefecture Governor Prize many times. Hot, warm, cold or kamatama udon (kama-age udon with egg) can be ordered as can the size but the broth and condiments, which you can find at the table, are all self service. Souvenirs are sold from 9:00 to 17 :00.

    製麺所です。お昼の2時間だけ個人にサービスしています。私は距離があるためタイミング合えば必ず寄ります。打ち立て、ゆでたてがおいしいに決まっています。

  • Yamauchi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Nakatadogunmannouchou Okuchi 1010
    Hidden away in the mountains around Manno Town, Nakatado County, Kagawa Prefecture, Yamauchi is a famous udon restaurant frequented by up to 300 people a day on the weekends and holidays. The udon noodles, painstakingly made by the restaurant owner and cooked in a large pot over a wood fire, have a firm texture with a nice bite to them. Their broth, with flavors of dried young sardine coming through, and locally sourced tempura are also very good. Yamauchi’s hiya-atsu udon with piping hot broth on cold noodles is a popular choice.

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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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