Spots in Takamatsu Area

  • Ritsurin Garden (designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty)
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    4.5
    1553 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.

    This is probably one of the best gardens Ive been to. Despite being a popular tourist destination, there is still enough space to walk around since this place is huge. Moreover, there is no...

  • Tamamo Park (Ruins of Takamatsu Castle)
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    4.0
    349 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
    168 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...

  • Marine Station Naoshima
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    4.0
    93 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Temple No. 84, Yashimaji Temple
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    4.0
    167 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    We decided on a day between art islands we would go to see the 84 temple on the route of 88. Quick train ride, then we met a local who directed us to the start of the climb up. I think we took the...

  • Teuchi Udon Sakaeda
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    4.0
    179 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...

  • Tsurumaru restaurant
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    4.0
    172 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Furubabachou 9-34
    Located in Takamatsu's downtown area around five minutes' walk from Kawaramachi Station (on the Kotoden Kotohira Line), the Tsurumaru restaurant stays open until 3:00 in the morning. It advertises itself as “an Udon Noodle restaurant where you can have a final bite to eat after a night out.” The noodles are hand-made, and always taste fresh and delicious. Besides Udon Noodles, Tsurumaru's self-service Oden stew is also very popular.

    有名店らしく、ホテルからも近かったので1人で夕食あとの夜食食べに訪問。 客の回転は早いが外まで並んでいる。 カウンターだと麺を打つ音も聞こえてきたりと待ち時間も苦にならず。 カレーうどんにワカメトッピングをオーダーする人がいて笑った。 麺は安定の美味しさ。ごちそうさまでした! Located on Ferry Street, opens till late while other udon...

  • Wara-ya
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    4.0
    170 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.

    Kagawa is udon nirvana, and if you have a chance to come to Waraya you are in one of the holy sites of this famous noodle. The food is really great, the atmosphere is terrific, and it is close to the...

  • Cafe Salon Nakaoku
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    4.5
    107 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Kagawagunnaoshimachou Honmura Middle back 1167
    Located in the Honmura district of Naoshima Town, Cafe Salon Nakaoku is a secluded, home-like café in a refurbished traditional farmhouse. The café owner is a native-born Naoshima islander. The café is renowned for its coffee, particularly its original-blend coffees with a “fruity” flavor that are the house specialty, but there is also a wide range of alcoholic beverages available. Cafe Salon Nakoku is located about three minutes’ walk from Minamidera with its Art House Project, in which a vacant house has been repurposed as an art museum. The café is a great place to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere.

    Even on an island with relatively few option I would skip this one. We waited for an hour in line, they said and in the menu it was written they have vegetarian food, but after we a ordered they...

  • Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
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    4.5
    90 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.

    Im not a fan of sculpture. I went there rather because Im curious about the artist himself. Visitors need to make reservation beforehand. The museum is located at the suburban area of Takamatsu...

  • Aisunao
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    4.0
    80 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Kagawagunnaoshimachou 761-1
    Aisunao is a Japanese restaurant located in a converted traditional house (built around 80 years ago) in the Honmura district of Naoshima Town. The restaurant is easily recognized by the blue entrance curtain featuring a stylized and very cute depiction of a rice bowl. The house specials include a wide range of flavorful dishes featuring organically-grown unpolished rice (with a pleasantly chewy consistency) and vegetables. Many of the dishes served here are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and the restaurant also offers a range of vegan-friendly desserts made without eggs or dairy products.

    If you are vegetarian or vegan, you may have a hard time finding place to eat on Naoshima. But Aisunao serves a good quality food and it’s even vegetarian/vegan. The interior is modern/retro, using...

  • Matsushita Seimenjo
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Nakanochou 2-2
    A noodle restaurant whose skills have been refined over 40 years yet still continues to make its udon the same way, by hand, unchanged since its establishment. Famous for the lines of waiting customers than form outside its door from the early morning, many udon lovers from across the country come here to try the restaurant's wares. Here you can enjoy the quintessential flavor of simple Sanuki udon noodles.

    This is not a tourist place, but a small restaurant that serves udon and tempura at reasonable prices for mostly people from the community. The atmosphere is not polished; you are handed a bowl of...

  • Moriya
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Kagawachoukawanaihara 1575-1
    This udon noodle restaurant in Kagawa-cho, Takamatsu City in Kagawa Prefecture is famous and has been featured on popular TV programs. It is known as a restaurant that always has a queue outside on weekday lunchtimes, not to mention weekends and holidays. The udon noodles are made very early every morning from a special flour which is a blend of a several different types and salt water and their characteristics are the smooth surface and strong firmness. Each freshly-cooked noodle has a prominent edge which gives a firm, al dente texture. The most popular dish is the Kakiage Oroshi Udon topped with a giant mixed vegetable tempura.

    噂のかき揚げに挑戦しました。ボリュームたっぷり。揚げたて 熱々で カリカリです。 うどんも、こしがあって、小麦粉の甘みも感じられて、美味しいです。難点は、かき揚げを食べていると うどんが食べきれなくなること。並んでも食べる価値あり!です。

  • Kawafuku flagship store
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Daikumachi 2-1 Lion street
    Located on Lion Avenue roughly 10 minutes’ walk from the Kotoden railway company’s Kataharamachi Station, Kawafuku is a long-established Sanuki Udon Noodles restaurant. The restaurant has been in existence since 1950. Kawafuku is particularly famous as the first restaurant to sell zarudon (chilled Udon noodles), which is still a popular item on the menu, at any time of year. The Kawafuku flagship store stays open until midnight.

    Just found it by random and it was really good. I really love the curry udon. Price was great too and very easy to access.

  • 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!

  • Yakuri Cable Cars
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • 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...

  • Sanuki Udon Ippuku
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Kokubunjichouni 169-1
    About 11 minutes on foot from JR Hashioka Station. This Sanuki-style udon shop has a bright, open interior, with table seating and relaxed tatami seating—great for a relaxed meal, even with the kids. The Ippuku taste—a meticulous expansion of historic “Sanuki udon” through in-house methods—has gained many fans from all around. The supple elasticity and firm cuts of thin noodle are doused in deep rich dashi (stock) in “bukkake udon” and “kake udon”, which are delicious and reasonably-priced.

    I had small size Udon with Chikuwa tempts for 390yen! It was very wonderful taste and enough to reason come back some time later:)

  • 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...

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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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