Spots in Marugame / Kotohira Area

  • Kotohira-gu Shrine
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    4.5
    1088 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.

    I went during momiji (red leaves) time so it was very beautiful. Some said its very hard to walk up, but because there are areas for stops throughout I didnt find it bad

  • Kotohira Onsen Kotosankaku
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    4.0
    399 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    685-11, Kodairacho, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
    A five-minute walk from the front approach to Kotohiragu Shrine, this is one of the largest hot spring inns on Shikoku. They offer a luxurious experience and an elaborate array of baths including a large common bath, an open-air bath, and their famous rose bath. They have a day-use plan for groups of 10 or more.

    This was a nice hotel experience for us and the price was relatively good for a ryokan. We actually got an option without the in-room meal, which we really enjoyed because of the nearby udon and...

  • Zentsuji Temple
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    4.5
    188 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Beautiful Temple and surroundings. You can learn so much from this visit. The birthplace of Kobo Daishi and Temple number 75 on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage on Shikoku.

  • Sanuki Mannou Park
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    4.0
    66 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...

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

  • Roadside Station Seto Ohashi Kinen Park
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    4.0
    108 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kagawa Prefectural Higashiyama Kai Setouchi Art Museum
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    4.0
    81 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    This is a very select collection of incredible paintings, drawings, displays dedicated to the famous artist, Kai Setouchi. If you are a fan of his art, you will be quite pleased with the gallery. If...

  • Yamagoe Udon
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    4.5
    273 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.

  • MIMOCA (Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art)
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    4.5
    75 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    83 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Unpenji Ropeway
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Kanonjishi Onoharachoumarui 1974-57
    This high-speed ropeway has a capacity of 101 people and links the foot of Mt. Unpenji in Onohara Town, Kan-onji City, Kagawa Prefecture with the summit on the Tokushima Prefecture side. Nearby is Unpenji Temple, the 66th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage and the temple with the highest altitude in the Pilgrimage. Many worshipers come here as a result. It takes about seven minutes one way. From the window, you can enjoy a view of the Seto Inland Sea, the Chugoku region, and the Seto Bridge, combining amazing scenery with the thrill of a high-speed ride. In the winter, many people come to visit Snow Park Unpenji.

    If you are traveling from overseas, make sure you carry your passport when you purchase tickets for Unpenji Ropeway. Presenting your passport will give foreigners 50 % discount.

  • Chichibugahama Beach
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    It was a very beautiful place. Its fantastic. You can see the moment when the tide is full. とても、良いところでした。車で行きましたが、駐車場は、すぐにいっぱいになります。足洗い場もあるので、便利です。

  • Nagata in Kanoka
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    4.5
    213 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    安心安定に釜揚げリーディングです。 出汁と茹で具合抜群で小麦こ香り漂ううどんは舌にも心地よくお腹にも優しい最高の一杯です。 丸亀に来れば必ずお邪魔したい一件です。 小でも十分満足です。 出汁だけでも最後に楽しめます。

  • Seto Ohashi Tower
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Bannosumidorichou 6-6
    This 108-meter-tall tower is in Sakaide City, Kagawa Prefecture, and offers a rotating observation platform for a 360 degree panorama view. The clockwise rotating cabin completes a rotation every two minutes, and has a view of sights like the Seto-ohashi Bridge, the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, Goshikidai plateau, and more. There is a reservation-only restaurant in the tower, and a souvenir center selling Sanuki udon, olive products, and other local specialties.

    My wife is from nearby Sakaide. This was a bit of nice discovery. It is not clear why it is not more popular. The view is incredible and is worth the 7 dollars to go up. It gives you a 360 degree...

  • Gamo Udon
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    4.5
    146 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Sakaide-shi Kamocho 420-1

    I went to Gamou Udon after a long hiatus, and the quality of the food was much improved. The udon has body and the broth has good flavor. The tempura was a little bit soggy, though the flavor was...

  • Tennoji Temple
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Nishinoshouchou Emperor 1713-2
    This temple is 79th of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is said to have been founded by Gyogi Bosatsu then revived by Kobo Daishi. As a miracle was performed at the time, it is said to have flourished for a long time. Its ingo temple title was Shoko-in but as the mausoleum for the Emperor Sutoku, famous for having turned in to a vengeful spirit, was built and memorial services were held here, the name was changed to Tennoji (The Emperor’s Temple). It is famous for its rare design that looks like the three gates are joined together.

    Tennoji Temple shares its grounds with a Shinto shrine, so it is a kind of two-in-one for visitors coming to check out this very lovely site. History says that this is the site where the body of...

  • Iyadaniji Temple
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Mitoyo-shi Minocho Omi-Otsu 70
    A flight of 540 steps lead to the mountain top main temple of Iyadaniji Temple. It's one of the top three sacred spots in Japan according to some rankings and the 71st temple on 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Known for its difficult access, worshiping there is thought to help ward off illness. These days a shuttle bus is available for those who don't want to make the climb.

    This is the temple you may have seen in your dreams. It is simply ethereal as you travel up the steps through the mountain path to the temple itself. Carved partially into the mountain, there are...

  • Motoyamaji Temple
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Mitoyoshi Toyonakachoumotoyama Kou 1445
    This is a Koyasan Shingon school temple in Toyonaka-cho in Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture and is 70th temple of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It was built in 807 by Kobo Daishi at the behest of Emperor Heizei. It is legend that the main hall was built in one night. The principal object of worship is the Hayagriva which is said to have been made by Daishi. The current main hall was reconstructed in 1300 with a tiled hip roof and is designated as a national treasure. There are many things to see in the grounds including a five-storied pagoda, a guardian god hall and a hall with an enshrined statue of Kobo Daishi. It is famous for its Cucumber Blessing held every year in July on the day of the ox.

    Motoyamaji was built in the year 807 is considered a National Treasure. There is also a legend that the temple was protected by a huge swarm of bees when Chousokabe Motochika (1539-1599), a daimyo...

  • Reoma Resort(New Reoma World)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Roadside Station Fureai Park Mino
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kagawa Pref. Mitoyo-shi Minocho Omi-Otsu 74
    This roadside station is packed with facilities like a local specialty products hall, an indoor swimming pool, and a natural hot spring bathhouse that provides accommodation. A mask of a mythical shishi lion greets you at the entrance of their shop. Its popular, original boysenberry soft serve ice cream is made with local Mitoyo grown fruit. It has all kinds of Kagawa specialty items like manju buns, Sanuki udon, and honetsuki-dori roasted bone-in chicken.

    道の駅は通常、国道沿いなど交通量の多い道路際にあるのが普通ですが、この道の駅は山の中にあります。 四国88箇所71番礼所・弥谷寺の前、この寺をまわるのに駐車場にもなります。 弥谷寺は山登りのしんどい寺なので、この道の駅は一息入れるのもいいところです。

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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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