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  • Kotohira-gu Shrine
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    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...

  • 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.
  • 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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    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...

  • 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
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    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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    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...

  • 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.
  • Jinnein Kannon-ji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Kanonjishi Yahatachou 1-chome 2-7
    This rare holy site features two temples that share a single temple gate. It is located halfway up Mt. Kotohiki in Kotohiki Park, Kannonji City, Kagawa Prefecture. Jinnein Temple is the 68th temple on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and Kannonji Temple is the 69th. It was established by Nissho as an adjunct to Kotohiki Hachimangu, and afterward Kukai built a complete seven-structured temple compound and made Sacred Avalokitesvara the principal image, renaming the temple to Kannonji. In the first year of the Meiji period, the split between Buddhism and Shintoism led Kotohiki Hachimangu to be split into Kotohiki Shrine and Jinnein. Jinnein was relocated to the Saikondo hall of Kannon-ji Temple, situating both on the same grounds. The garden on the slope of the mountain is known as a famous rhododendron spot. There’s also a treasure room that contains many of Jinnein’s precious items and other sights worth seeing.

    Here you will get two temples for the time of visiting one. One temple, Kannonji is really beautiful and gorgeous. The other temple, Jinnein, is an attempt to modernize a temple but sadly did not do...

  • Motoyamaji Temple
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    22 Reviews
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    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...

  • Komatsuozan Fudokoin Daiko-ji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Mitoyoshi Yamamotochoutsuji 4209
    The Komatsuozan Fudokoin Daiko-ji Temple is a temple belonging to the Zentsu-ji school of Shingon Buddhism, located in the Yamamoto Town of Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture; it is the 67th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The Daiko-ji Temple was originally founded as a branch temple of the Todai-ji Temple in Nara, but was subsequently reestablished by Kobo Daishi. At one point in its history the temple changed its adherence to the Tendai school of Buddhism, under the influence of the monk Saicho (the founder of Tendai Buddhism); as a result, the temple precincts now house both the Shingon Buddhist Kobo Daishi Hall and the Tendai Buddhist Tendai Daishi Hall. The statue of Kongo Rikishi (a Buddhist guardian deity), which according to tradition was carved by the master sculptor Unkei, is believed to be the largest statue of its kind in any temple in Shikoku. Also worth seeing are the Shichinichi Tomyo votive candles, which are believed to help worshippers protect themselves from illness, ensure smooth childbirth, and increase the likelihood of having a happy marriage, etc., and the huge Japanese Torreya trees and Camphor trees, which are said to have been planted by Kobo Daishi.

    寺院や堂塔の印象は薄いが、寺院の縁起と経緯はなかなかユニークなものです。二つの宗派が併存していた寺院で東大寺の末寺と位置付けられています。真言宗と天台宗が併存していた寺院です。ここも四国の分不相応な破壊者、長曾我部により焼失させられた寺院。仁王門の金剛力士像は運慶作とも云われています。

  • Gosho-ji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Ayautagunutaduchou 1435
    The Gosho-ji Temple is the 78th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. Unusually for the temples included in the Pilgrimage, the Gosho-ji Temple belongs to the Ji-shu school of Buddhism. It was originally founded in 725 by the bodhisattva Gyoki as a temple dedicated to Amida Nyorai (the Amitabha Buddha). Subsequently, Kobo Daishi visited the site, carved a statue of himself, and built a monastery. The wooden statue, which came to be known as Yakuyoke Udatsu Daishi, attracted larger numbers of worshippers for many years. Subsequently, many famous monks—including Rigen Daishi and Keishin Sozu—visited the Temple to meditate. In 1288, Ippen Shonin (the founder of the Ji-shu school of Buddhism) visited the Gosho-ji Temple, and established a hall for Odori-nenbutsu (a form of Buddhist incantation that involves dancing, drumming and chanting). As a result, the Gosho-ji Temple became a temple where both the Shin-shu and Ji-shu schools of Buddhism were practiced.

    A very good temple to visit if you want to see one that is not so much on the tourist "radar". This is one of the temples on the pilgrimage which is truly inspiring to visit. A bit of a hike up the...

  • Koyama-ji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Hirotachou 1765-1
    The Koyama-ji Temple is the 74th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, when Kobo Daishi was looking for a suitable site for a temple, an old man appeared to him and told him to build the temple at the spot where he was currently standing. Kobo Daishi carved a statue of Bishamonten (one of the Four Heavenly Kings) and placed it in a cave to be worshipped. Subsequently, an order was received from the court to repair the Manno-ike, the largest irrigation reservoir in Shikoku. Kobo Daishi went to the cave and prayed that the repair work could be completed successfully; large numbers of people who revered Kobo Daishi came together to undertake the work, which was finished without any problems. Tradition has it that part of the reward paid by the court for the successful completion of the repair work was used to build the Koyama-ji Temple. The original statue of Bishamonten still survives, situated in a cave at the rear of the Temple’s Daishi Hall.

    The approach to this temple is far from encouraging, as it winds between love hotels and past a large cement factory (though the latter was much to the delight of my preschool son, it left our car...

  • Kotohira Kaiyo Hakubutsukan (Maritime Science Museum)
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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...

  • Tennoji Temple
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    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...

  • Doryu-ji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Nakatadoguntadotsuchou Kitagamo 1-3-30
    The Doryu-ji Temple is the 77th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, the Temple was founded when Wakino Michikata, the local ruler, carved a statue of the Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) from a large mulberry tree and built a temple to install it in. There is a mystical legend associated with this mulberry Buddha statue. Curious about a strange light that the mulberry tree was emitting every night, Wakino Michikata shot an arrow at the tree, and killed his old nurse by mistake. Overcome with grief, Wakino Michikata carved a Buddha statue from the tree to pray to, and his nurse subsequently came back to life.

    四国霊場第77番札所、真言宗醍醐派寺院、本尊は薬師如来。境内全体にコンパクトに沢山の像や堂宇が配置されています。遍路寺ばかりを一日に何か寺も遍路しているとどちらか云うと印象には残り難い寺院です。何周も遍路している私でもそう感じました。

  • Shushakaji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Yoshiwarachou 1091
    Located around 10 minutes’ drive from JR Zentsu-ji Station, the Shushaka-ji Temple is associated with legends about Kobo Daishi. It is the 73rd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, when Kobo Daishi was seven years old he jumped off a cliff, and was rescued by a celestial maiden; the Shashingadake-zenjo Inner Temple was built in gratitude for this event. The Inner Temple is situated around 50 minutes’ walk from the main hall, but it can also be reached by car; on the way, visitors pass by a grove of Japanese cypress trees that have been designated for special preservation by Kagawa Prefecture, the Yosano Akiko and Hiroshi Garden, and Yanagai-no-mizu. From the Inner Temple, there are superb views of the Sanuki Plain and the Seto Inland Sea.
  • Shiromineji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Sakaideshi Oumichou 2635
    Approximately 20 minutes by car via Sakaide Kita Interchange, Takamatsu-danshi Interchange. This old temple sits on the hillside of Mt. Shiromine in Goshikidai—holy mount of Kagawa Prefecture. It is the 81st temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and its primary image is Senju Kannon, with protector gods from Eto zodiac venerated in their own respective halls. It is adjacent to the only Imperial mausoleum in Shikoku—Mt. Shiromine—so the Shiromine Daigongen (Sagamibo), one of Japan’s 8 Tengus, is also adored here. On the main path, you can enjoy the grand views of Seto and the Chigo-no-taki Waterfall—the tallest in the prefecture. Most of the buildings are Important Cultural Properties, and with cherry blossoms in spring, hydrangeas in summer, and colored leaves in fall, there is always something to see here.

    The weathered stone leading up to the temple, as well as the incredible views from the top, make this a wonderful walking/hiking location. The pine and cedar trees are all around, and whether you...

  • Mandaraji Temple
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    25 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Yoshiwarachou 1380-1
    This temple in Zentsuji City belongs to the Zentsuji sect of Shingon Buddhism. It is the 72nd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. Its origins are old, established in 596 as the family temple for the Saeki clan—a powerful clan in Sanuki region. Then, after Kobo Daishi returned from Tang (China), he paid homage to the Dainichi-Nyorai here, and set up the Diamond World and Womb Realm World mandalas, renaming it “Mandala Temple.” The grounds had nurtured an “undying pine” called “Kasamatsu” —thought to have been 1200 years old—but it was cut down due to insect damage. An image of Daishi was later carved into its trunk, and is lovingly called “Kasamatsu Daishi.”

    While this temple is not as huge, or spread out, as other temples, it has something that is pretty cool to check out. In this temple you can see the Tibetan sand maps of the cosmos, and that alone...

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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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