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  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Konpira Grand Theatre (Kanamaru-za)
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    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.
  • 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...

  • Flower Park Urashima
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    Kagawa Pref. Mitoyoshi Takumachoutsumu 528-1
    This large municipal park lets visitors enjoy seasonal flowers including marguerites, marigolds, poppies, cosmoses, evening primroses, and more. It's particularly popular in May when the marguerites are in full bloom blanketing one side of the park in pure white, enveloping visitors in their scent while they look out at the Seto Inland Sea.
  • Kagawa Prefectural Kotohira Park
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    977-2 Kawanishi, Kotohira Town, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
    On the left-hand side of the approach to Kotohira Hongu Shrine, this park is home to Japan's oldest playhouse. The Mt. Kinzanji area features a lookout, a promenade, and a plaza, and visitors enjoy springtime cherry blossoms, early summer azaleas, and the colored leaves of fall. The mountain-top lookout has a good view that takes in the islands of the Seto Inland Sea and the Seto-ohashi Bridge.
  • Chuhachi Ninomiya Flight Museum
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    Kagawa Pref. Nakatadogunmannouchou Oiage 358-1 (Michi-no-Eki Yume Momi Tree Park)
    "This museum is dedicated to the aviation pioneer Chuhachi Ninomiya. Fourteen years before the Wright brothers' successful manned, powered flight, he was the first in the world to come up with the principles of flight. The museum displays a replica of his ""crow-type model aircraft,"" his ""jewel beetle type flyer"" exhibited at the British Airways Expo, and a jewel beetle type flyer with an eight-meter wing span exhibited at the Tsukuba Science Expo. Their education corner lets you have fun while learning with quizzes, flight related games, and video of the Chuhachi Ninomiya Story."
  • Homotsukan
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    892-1 Kotohiracho, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
    Homotsukan was built in 1905 following the design of Masamichi Kuru, an engineer of the Ministry of Education. It is a dignified two-story building that blends Japanese and Western elements. Made of granite quarried in Kagawa Prefecture, its gabled roof has Aoki stone tiles, and the entrance features a copper roofed Chinese cusped gable. Precious items from Kotohira-gu Shrine are on display. Two particularly well-known pieces are an eleven-faced standing image of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, and a collection of Portraits of Thirty-six Master Poets. The Kannon statue is an Important Cultural Property.
  • Nakazu Banshoen
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Marugameshi Nakaduchou 25-1
    Nakazu Banshoen was created in 1688 by the second Marugame feudal lord Kyogoku Takatoyo as part of his Nakatsu estate. The strolling garden has a pond side main structure and a tea room with a great view from the mezzanine floor stretching from the grounds to the sea. We also recommend the Kaifutei restaurant where you can dine in a relaxed atmosphere while gazing at the beautiful scenery of this Japanese garden.

    Very tranquil and relaxing garden. We really enjoyed the layout of the garden, small is beautiful. Just a good place to chill, for an hour.

  • Roadside Station Seto Ohashi Kinen Park
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    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."
  • Chichibugahama Beach
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    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.
  • Mannoike Forest Park
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Nakatadogunmannouchou Shichika Mita 4109-24
    "This park is located on the southwestern shores of Lake Manno that has some connection with a famous Buddhist monk Kukai, an approximately 25-minute drive from the Zentsuji Interchange on the Takamatsu Expressway. In the large premises, there is a promenade and wild bird forest where you can be surrounded by nature, the family square with play equipment envisioning the dragon god legend of Lake Manno and grass open area, and it is loved as a balanced park with nature as a background and beautiful lake water. At ""Mori no Yakata"" located in the park, they sell ""Chunan Fukusumi"" charcoal made of high-quality natural wood from the Asan Mountains and woodwork. There is also a cafe area where you can relax slowly with spacious flooring using Hinoki cypress from Kagawa Prefecture."

    桜の本数では県内でもトップクラスの多さを誇っています。満濃池から奥に進むとすぐにあります。駐車場もかなりの台数を収容でき、自動販売機やトイレも完備されています。駐車料金も見学料も無料ですし、広い公園内では花見が行いやすい環境が整っています。 お弁当を開いてお花見もいいですし、周囲の数ある有名うどん店で食事もいいです。

  • TaTuTa no Mori
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    Kagawa Pref. Ayautagunayagawachou Sogishohigashi 3808
    This auto campground is built on the remains of terraced rice fields on the Kashihara Valley in Ayagawa Town, Ayauta Country, Kagawa Prefecture. In addition to car camping space, there are cottages and bungalows for a variety of outdoor fun. The cottages can hold up to eight guests. In summer they offer terrace barbecuing, while winter is perfect for fire-pit cooking.
  • Hotto Stay Mannou
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    Kagawa Pref. Nakatadogunmannouchou Yoshino 4243-12
    This forest-enclosed auto campground covers 16 hectares inside Sanuki Manno Park. There are log-house style cabins, trailer houses, and cabins that can host up to 16 guests for all kinds of camping fun.
  • Karaoke BANBAN AEON Town Utadu
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    Kagawa Pref. Ayautagunutaduchou Hamanibanchou 16

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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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