Spots in Takamatsu Area

  • Ritsurin Garden (designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty)
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    4.5
    1567 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Ritsurinchou 1-20-16
    Situated in the eastern foothills of Shiun-zan (Mt. Shiun), Ritsurin Garden was formerly the garden of a daimyo (feudal lord), and is now a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Of the gardens in Japan that are designated as Special Places of Scenic Beauty, this is one of the largest. The Garden comprises the North Garden, which was completed in modern times, and the South Garden, which features a circuitous path round a pond. With the verdant greenery of Mt. Shiun as a backdrop, the Ritsurin Garden is beautifully laid out, with six ponds and thirteen artificial hills; in every season (spring, summer, autumn and winter) the garden has its own unique majesty. There are a number of places to stop and rest within the garden, including the Higurashi-tei teahouse and the Ritsurin-an shop, which sells local specialty products from various parts of Kagawa Prefecture. The garden can be reached by bus from JR Takamatsu Station; get off at the “Ritsurin Garden” stop.

    Although Ritsurin Park is not among “three renowned gardens” of Japan, it is in my opinion one of the most beautiful gardens. It is even worth making a detour and visiting Takamatsu just for this...

  • Tamamo Park (Ruins of Takamatsu Castle)
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    4.0
    356 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Tamamochou 2-1
    Takamatsu Castle was the residence of the Ikoma family, the lords of Sanuki Province, and subsequently of the Matsudaira clan, the rulers of the Takamatsu domain. Tamamo Park has been created around the Castle ruins. Takamatsu Castle was famous as one of Japan’s three great “water castles.” The Castle’s Ushitorayagura Tower and Tsukimiyagura Tower still survive, along with the Hiunkaku villa and garden, which has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. With beautiful cherry blossom in the spring, a chrysanthemum exhibition in the autumn, etc., there is plenty to see and do at any time of year.

    The Takamatsu Castle is known as one of the only three castles which has a moat that is directly connected to the sea. The castle is unfortunately not around any more but there a few surviving...

  • Shikoku Mura open-air museum
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    4.0
    170 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Yashimanakamachi 91
    Shikoku Mura (“Shikoku Village”) is an open-air museum located about 20 minutes’ drive to the east of JR Takamatsu Station. The exhibits include traditional farmhouses from various parts of Shikoku (dating from the Edo and Meiji periods) that were moved and re-erected here, as well as traditional public buildings such as a village kabuki stage, and several traditional industrial facilities that have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, including a traditional sugar-cane processing facility. The Shikoku Mura Gallery located on the museum site exhibits a wide range of artworks, from European paintings to Oriental sculptures, etc.

    Whether you’re tripping the light fantastic across the ancient suspension bridge, taking selfies at the glass lighthouse, or comparing your artistic talents to those at the art gallery, there’s...

  • Temple No. 84, Yashimaji Temple
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    4.0
    170 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Yashimahigashimachi 1808
    The Yashima-ji Temple is an Omuro-sect Shingon Buddhist temple in Takamatsu City. It is the 84th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and is said to have been founded by the monk Ganjin in 754. The Yashima-ji Temple has several Important Cultural Properties, including the Hon-do hall and the temple bell, as well as a wooden statue of a seated Senju Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) which is the main object of veneration in the temple and which can be viewed in the Homotsu-kan (Treasure Hall). Other artifacts on display in the Homotsu-kan include an illustrated scroll of the Genpei Josuiki (an extended version of the Heike Monogotari, or “Tale of the Heike”), a white banner of the Genji clan, and a folding screen painting of the Battle of Yashima.

    There are many interesting statues throughout the temple grounds. We were particularly taken by the tanuki statues. On the side of the main hall there is a small pathway through red torii beside...

  • Marine Station Naoshima
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    4.0
    96 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Kagawagunnaoshimachou 2249-40
    You’ll find this station at the Miyanoura Port ferry terminal in Naoshima Town, Kagawa County, Kagawa Prefecture. It features a bold design that befits its role as the entrance to Naoshima, and island known for its culture and artistry. Inside the facility, there’s a tourism information center, a cafe, a waiting area, a ticket purchasing area, a specialty goods shop, and a bus terminal, and the place is always bustling with tourists. Next to the building is the “red pumpkin,” an impressive outdoor art installation by Yayoi Kusama featuring a vibrant red dotted design.

    Tourist information center right after Miyanoura port. Can get the only bus operating in Naoshima in front of here. Many souvenirs are also arranged.

  • Roadside Station Genpei no Sato Mure
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Murechouhara 631-7
    Approximately 15 minutes by car via Takamatsu-higashi/Shido Interchange. This roadside station is located in Mure Town, Takamatsu City—stage of the Genpei-Yashima battle. The spacious lot includes an information center, a rest area, a seafood restaurant and shops offering local products. Products are displayed for sale in a corner featuring traditional cultural goods, sake, sweets, and Kagawa’s famous Sanuki udon. There are fresh local vegetables too. The seafood restaurant “Jakoya” is self-serve, primarily offering fresh seafood from Seto Inland Sea for a reasonable price.

    There is a big park for the kids to play at the back. You can buy local veges or fruits, or UDON print towels, or other goods. I liked them!

  • Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
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    4.5
    89 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Murechoumure 3519
    This art museum lets you bask in the world of Isamu Noguchi, a leading 20th century sculptor. He worked on an enormous range of projects like landscape design involving monuments, gardens, and parks, interiors with furniture and lighting fixtures, and stage art. He was a singular artist, and this cosmopolitan space has a universality that transcends genres.

    To visit the garden museum you have to reserve a date and time in advance. It is an expensive visit, large group and nothing much to see in the garden (lawn with few stones arranged by the...

  • New Yashima Aquarium
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Yashimahigashimachi 1785-1
    The New Yashima Aquarium is located on Mt. Yashima. There are plenty of things for visitors to experience such as feeding the manatees, seeing the dolphins up close and touching them from the glass-bottom boat, and touching the sea lions, etc. They also have a live show featuring the dolphins and staff.

    Truly the worst I’ve ever seen. Tiny , dirty tanks, sad animals, sea lions, penguins large turtles, hardly moving out of boredom and despair! Pitiful dolphin show. I forgot to check reviews before...

  • Yakuri Cable Cars
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Murechoumure 3378-3
    This cable car with a slope length of 684 meters and a height difference of 167 meters connects the Mt. Yaguriyama Summit Station on the side of Mt. Goken to Yakura Tozan Guchi Station. Once popular as a place of ascetic practice experience, the cable is used by many people, mainly worshipers to Yakuri Temple, the 85th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It only takes visitors a few minutes to walk from Yaguri Summit Station to Yakuri Temple. The area of Mt. Gokenzan is also famous for its scenery with beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, and stunning red leaves in autumn.

    This cable car gets you up to Yakuriji temple, temple no 85 on the Shikoku temple pilgrimage. The temple is well worth seeing. But the cable car is enormous fun in its own right. It looks like...

  • Shirotori Zoo
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Higashikagawashi Matsubara 2111
    Shirotori Zoo was established in 1985 in Higashikagawa City, Kagawa Prefecture. It is popular as a place where visitors can enjoy getting close to the animals without being hindered by cages and fences normally found at other zoos. Rabbits and peacocks can be seen freely roaming about around the zoo and the parking lot. And in the Animals Exploration Plaza, animals such as deer, goat, sheep, turkey, mouflon, and llama graze and wander freely. Other popular attractions include the impressive white tiger display, the Wanwan Plaza where visitors can play with unusual breeds of dog, and a stage with animal shows, etc.

    This private zoo is not very large, but is quite interesting. There are a wide range of animals, including a huge number of tigers, an elephant, a hyena, a hippo, and owls. However, the main appeal...

  • Ichinomiyaji Temple
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Ichinomiyachou 607
    An old temple located in the center of Ichinomiya Town, Takamatsu City, Ichinomiyaji Temple is the 83rd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The Sho-Kannon bodhisatva placed in the main hall as the primary deity worshipped is thought to have been carved by Kobo Daishi when his visited this area during the construction of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The best sight may be the camphor tree-focused garden built along the worship road. It was created by Kyoto’s famous gardener, Minoru Fujii and it gives you deeper healing and more varied emotions each time you visit.

    This temple is really quite lovely. Rebuilt in 1701 it still is old enough to enjoy and feel the tone and mood of the ohenro (pilgrim) experience. Noted for it being the place of the Medicine...

  • Takamatsu Art Museum
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Konyamachi 10-4
    This museum is located just off of the central shopping arcade in Takamatsu City, about a 10-minute walk from the Kataharamachi Station. The museum stores approximately 1,600 works around the three main themes: “Arts (and Crafts) of Kagawa” prefecture introducing the artisanal lacquer ware and metal crafts, the “20th Century Art and Beyond from Around the World” traces trends through woodblock prints, and the “Post-War Contemporary Japanese Art” introduces the exceptional leading writers influencing each post-war period. The literature corner with approximately 50,000 volumes, primarily on art and culture, is also available to visitors, while the museum shop sells seasonal exhibit related goods.

    we visited japan for a tourist trip in 2019 rather than a working trip. covid hit and its taken me this long to write about our experiences. we explored hiroshima first, to pay homage. and then came...

  • The Kagawa Museum
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Tamamochou 5-5
    This prefectural museum combines an art museum and a history museum into a single facility. The large interior features materials on Kagawa Prefecture’s history and life-size restored models, as well as permanent exhibitions on Kagawa-born authors such as Genichiro Inokuma and Isamu Noguchi. Visitors also have the chance to wear ceremonial court lady attire and battle armor and participate in other fun activities, and there’s also a reading corner and other facilities to give them a chance to immerse themselves in Kagawa’s history, art, and culture.

    Kagawa features exhibits of modern artwork from around the world, so, be prepared to see a little of this and a little of that from other cultures.

  • Nagao-ji Temple
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    3.5
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Nagaonishi 653
    The Nagao-ji Temple is the 87th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. There are several different stories regarding the Temple’s origins, but the most widely-quoted story is that the Temple was founded when the bodhisattva Gyoki carved a statue of the bodhisattva Kannon and built a temple to install the statue in. Subsequently, when Kobo Daishi was preparing to travel to China to study Buddhist teachings there, he spent a period of seven days at the Temple, starting from New Year, performing the Gomakito fire ceremony to pray for a successful journey. A Daieyo ceremony is still held at the Temple every year on the seventh day of January in commemoration of this event. During this event, there is a competition in which participants compete to see who can carry a huge rice cake, which weighs 150 kilograms and is decorated with the Three Jewels, for the longest distance.

    Here you can see the tomb of a woman named Shizuka Gozen. She was the lover of Minamoto Yoshitsune, and after he died she entered the religious life here. The grounds are very compact and beautiful...

  • Roadside Station Kounan Rakuyu
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Kounanchouyokoi 997-2
    You’ll find this rest stop along Prefectural Route 13 Miki-Ayakawa Road in Konan Town, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. It’s a popular spot with a natural hot spring that’s perfect for day trips. There’s the “tree bath” made of white cedar, and the “stone bath” made of granite and “Aji” stone. Both are spacious and alternate between men and women on a weekly basis. Inside the building, there’s a souvenir area that has famous items from all over Kagawa Prefecture, as well as a restaurant, a morning market that sells fresh vegetables and flowers, and more. Visitors can enjoy the waterfront scenery year-round at the nearby Okami Water Park.

    おみやげショップ、レストラン、軽食コーナーのほか産直施設で野菜や魚介類も販売していました。特に、讃岐うどんと麺つゆは豊富にありました。空港に近いので搭乗までの時間調整に日帰り温泉を利用しました。浴場は広々として開放感があり、大浴槽、立湯、打たせ湯、足湯、サウナ、水風呂、低温風呂などバラエティーが豊富で、露天風呂はジャグジーになっていました。温泉は弱アルカリ性で、肌にしっとりとなじんで癒されました。

  • Botaraku-san Shido-ji Temple
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Shido 1102
    Located around seven minutes’ walk from JR Shido Station on a site that looks out over Yashima Island and Mt. Gokenzan, facing Shido Bay, Botaraku-san Shido-ji Temple is the 86th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is the oldest of the 88 temples, having been founded in 625. The statue of the bodhisattva Kannon with eleven faces, flanked by guardian attendants Fudo Myo-o (Acala) and Bishamonten (Vaisravana), which was donated to the Temple by Matsudaira Yorishige, the lord of the Sanuki domain, the statues of the Nioh Guardians which were carved by Unkei, the Hon-do (Main Hall) and the Nioh Gate are all designated Important Cultural Properties. There is no admission charge for entry to the Kyokusui-shiki Garden, a garden constructed in the Muromachi period which resembles a traditional landscape painting and which is located in a corner of the Temple precincts, or to the Muzen-tei Garden, a Zen-style dry landscape garden.

    Rustic, beautiful, and very open and accessible. One of the most wonderful things about going on the 88 Buddhist Temple Pilgrimage is the proximity that the visitors can have when they visit the...

  • Teuchi Udon Sakaeda
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    4.0
    178 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Banchou 5-2-23
    Sakaeda is a handmade udon noodle restaurant located behind the Kagawa Prefectural Office in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, popular with office workers and locals. There are five kinds of udon to choose from off the menu including kake udon (udon noodles in broth), kamaage udon (noodles straight from the pot) and udon with raw egg. The broth and toppings are all self service. The flavor of the dried young sardine coming through in the broth together with the firm, chewy textured noodles is perfect. They have dozens of tempura toppings to enjoy together with your noodles. Sakaeda is open from 5:30 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon (closes early if sold out of noodles for the day).

    The udon is average at best. Tempura items taste like they have been fried 3 days ago. Messy ordering and payment system. Will not be back.

  • Chikusei Main Store
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    4.5
    169 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Kameokachou 2-23
    This is a famous self-service udon noodle restaurant that has branches in Osaka, Tokyo and the Chugoku region, located in Kameoka Town, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. The store is always bustling with locals and tourists, as well as famous people in show business who come to Takamatsu City for live shows and photo shoots. In addition to freshly boiled udon noodles, piping hot deep-fried tempura made after receiving an order is also popular. Many enthusiasts of the store visit the restaurant for fried “soft boiled egg tempura” and crispy “Chikuwa tube-shaped fish paste cake tempura.”

    While traveling takamatsu I discovered this lovely restaurant, it had an English explanation for everything making it extremely easy to order. Great tampura egg. Great udon Noodles. If you are in...

  • Wara-ya
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    4.0
    176 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Yashimanakamachi 91
    This udon restaurant is next to the “Shikoku Village” folk museum in Yashimanaka Town, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. It operates out of an old home with a straw-thatched roof built at the end of the Edo period, giving the interior an authentic Japanese feel. The “kama-age udon” is a popular option for the gentle texture and springiness of the noodles. Other well-received options include the “tokudai udon” for two and the “kazoku (family) udon,” which comes in a large tub. The broth, with its secret dried sardine-base, and the freshly fried tempura make a great combination.

    We had no idea we were entering udon heaven when we decided to eat lunch at Waraya. We noticed the building that was attracting a lot of people who had come and parked and were not going to the...

  • Japan Dolphin Center
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Tsudamachitsuruwa 1520-130
    The Japan Dolphin Center celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2018 and offers fun for all ages. Visit to swim with the dolphins or try out training techniques. Other programs that provide the amazing experience of interacting with the dolphins include interacting with them in shallow water, feeding them, and more.

    We went there by car. It was a treat to see the dolphins up so close. They are really sweet and friendly and I could sit and watch them for hours. The staff looks smart, efficient and friendly. There...

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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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