Leisure / Hobbies 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...

  • Shikoku Mura open-air museum
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    4.0
    168 Reviews
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    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...

  • Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
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    4.5
    90 Reviews
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    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...

  • New Yashima Aquarium
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
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    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...

  • Takamatsu Art Museum
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
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    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.

    Visited this museum during the Setochi Triennale in October 2019. The exhibitions, by young local and overseas artists were very good. Also enjoyed the coffee shop on the ground floor.

  • The Kagawa Museum
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
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    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.

  • Shirotori Zoo
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
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    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...

  • Nakanoya Takamatsu
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Nariaichou 8
    "This restaurant and souvenir shop offers a workshop that lets you try making Sanuki udon noodles by hand. With good access from Ritsurin Garden which is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, Yashima Island, and the temples of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage, you'll definitely want to stop by. Besides Sanuki udon, there are a lot of popular products such as the ""Nakano Udon School Set"" where you make the noodles by hand. They stock a lot of other special products from Shikoku too."

    Udon making is interesting but they put a wonderful twist on it to make it fun and exciting. Highly recommended!

  • Japan Dolphin Center
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
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    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...

  • Maritime Plaza Takamatsu
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Kagawa Takamatsu-shi Sun Port 2-1
    This shopping mall is located in Takamatsu Symbol Tower, the tallest building in the Shikoku region. The mall occupies portions of the 30-story Tower building, and Hall building with rooftop square; as well as the Dex Galleria rest area. The mall is host to several restaurants, including sky top restaurants operated by three masters of Japanese, Western, and Chinese cuisine; and the “Takamatsu Ramen Harbor,” a collection of several branch restaurants operated by popular ramen shops from around the country, and customers rave that the facility is a place where everyone from children to adults can enjoy a fun-filled time. The mall also has a passport center, medical clinic, and an employment and moving support center, making it an essential part of local residents’ lives in addition to being a tourism hotspot.

    フードコートの奥にあります。奥は結構広い。小豆島のオリーブ、そうめん、うどんなどもそろう。ばらまき用に小物もセール品もあり便利でした。カードは使えます。

  • Higashi Kagawa Glove Gallery
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Higashikagawashi Hiketa 2161-2
    This art gallery is dedicated to Higashi-Kagawa's local glove industry which produces 90% of the gloves made in Japan. The renovated hall was a glove factory until 2000. Exhibitions include items like sewing machines and antique Showa era glove making equipment. There are displays of gloves as well. They also sell gloves, have tours where you can take in the glove making process, and offer workshops where you can make small leather accessories.

    It was really nice to get to know that in Kagawa prefecture there is a huge production of gloves that makes most of the gloves in Japan. It also uses from basic to super-hight technology. Besides...

  • Outdoor Music Plaza Theatron
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Kamoshou 1-20
    This versatile open-air theater is the largest in Chugoku and Shikoku regions. It faces the Seto Inland Sea, letting visitors enjoy the natural beauty of Seto Naikai National Park while taking in plays, concerts, and more. The parking lots used for events vary, so it's a good idea to confirm the location in advance when driving to the venue.

    讃岐市に位置している、音楽系のイベントに適している野外音楽広場です。剣闘士奴隷の試合があったコロセウムのような感じです。

  • Sanuki Folk Craft Museum
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Ritsurinchou 1-20-16 In Kuribayashi Park
    This folk craft hall preserves and exhibits approximately 3,900 artisan works not only of historic Kagawa, Sanuki, but from all over Japan, including craftwork, household items, furniture, and Japanese roof tile, kawara. Opened in 1965, the exhibition hall is divided into the new crafts hall, the old crafts hall, and the kawara tile exhibit, each with their own permanent exhibits. (The furniture exhibit is closed currently.) It is just a two-minute walk from the JR Ritsurin Koen Kitaguchi Station.

    栗林公園内にあり、入口からほど近い場所でした。入館料はありませんでした。民芸品や香川県の歴史がわかる器物の展示がおこなわれていました。公園内の散策する人に比べると中にはいってくる人は少なかったです。真夏の午後だったので、暑さしのぎのようになってしまいました。

  • Miyawaki Shoten M.C.S.
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Asahishinmachi 3-4
    This general store for the bookstore chain with more than 350 stores nationwide is located in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. The Ferris wheel on the roof is its marker. It offers a variety of materials and is visited by many people.

    屋島の上から、小豆島に行くフェリーから、とりあえずちょっと離れたとこから高松を見ると、必ず目につく観覧車がある、宮脇書店総本店。 観覧車はここに設置されて何十年もしない割に、キャビンはかなりのクラシックな隙間風多数のタイプなので、恐らく他の所にあったやつの移設されたと思われます。各キャビンには出版社の名前が書いてあり、お気に入りの出版社のに乗れます。 観覧車からの景色は、見渡せる範囲だけをとる...

  • Kagawa Prefectural Kikaku Park
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Nagaomyou
    This park is in is in Sanuki City, Kagawa Prefecture. It's famous for spring flowers, including a flower tunnel under the cherry blossoms. The Sakura Bridge in the park is lit up at night and the area is filled with people enjoying nighttime cherry blossom viewing in spring. The park also has the prefecture's largest flower garden, Hanashobu-en.

    花々も有名ですが、大きな池とその中に半島のように存在し、桜並木を通って渡れる亀島があり、森林に包まれた静かな所です。森林は常緑樹のようで紅葉は見られないため、春の花の時期に訪れると良いでしょう。

  • Onigashima Oni no Yakata
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    2.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Megichou 15-22
    About a 20-minute ferry ride from Takamatsu Port, Megi Island (Megijima) is associated with Onigashima Island from Japan's Momotaro Legend. Oni-no-yakata is located right by Megi Port where the ferry leaves from. It has three zones including an eatery, a waiting room, and the Oni-no-Ma museum dedicated to Japan's mythical ogres, with exhibits showcasing legends from around the country, displays of ogre masks used in festivals, and more. They also have a reading corner with items like ogre picture books.

    フェリーの待ち時間があったので覗いてみました。 鬼にまつわる展示がありましたが、館内があまりに暗く、足元の段差につまづく程で、展示を見るというより、お化け屋敷のようでした。でも、待合所のようなスペースもあったので 寒い時期に船を待つにはよい場所でした。

  • Ooike Auto Camp
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    2.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Higashikagawashi Hiketa 3066-1
    An auto campground located on the border between Tokushima and Kagawa and which commands a sweeping view of the Seto Inland Sea. Situated on the bank of Hiketa Oike Pond, visitors can take in the sea air and come in contact with natural beauty. Popular with outdoor lovers of all levels, from beginners to veterans, the facility has an 18 spot auto camping area as well as an 80 spot tent site. The facility provides visitors with a variety of ways to have fun, including offering canoe and boat rentals and selling barbecue food sets.

    車で5分のところにマルナカというスーパーマーケットがあります。キャンプ場から15分くらいで、ドラックストアや病院、コンビニなどありますので、便利です。キャンプ場の中は大きな池がるので、カヌーやボートに乗って遊ぶことができます。小さなアスレチックくらいしか遊ぶ道具がありません。車で30分から40分くらいのところに津田の松原というビーチがあります。キャンプ場にはお風呂はありません。車で10分くらいの所...

  • DIME
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Tokiwachou 1-8-1
    This live music venue opened in 2004. The name comes from a group of musicians active in Kagawa for about 12 years from 1971 to 1983. Shows are held daily, giving people the chance to take in a wide variety of live acts.
  • Chuo Park
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Banchou 1-11
    This large municipal park is located in central Takamatsu City. It has an open area with a beautiful lawn, a waterfront plaza with a refreshing feel, an outdoor stage, and more. There are also three playscapes designed by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who had deep ties to Takamatsu City. The park hosts various events like a flower festival and the Takamatsu Festival. It's a popular local spot for recreation and bustles with visitors year-round.
  • Toramaru Park
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    Kagawa Pref. Higashikagawashi Nishimura 1155
    This fun park gets a lot of visitors, especially families. Its name comes from Mt. Toramaru, a 417-meter high historic scenic spot. The park has a puppetry museum that offers workshops and one of the nation's leading puppet theaters that attracts professional puppeteers from around Japan. Their Miniature Kids Hall features an undersized replica of a medieval European town. Other facilities include a library, a gym, a large sports field, tennis courts, a lawn, a gateball court, and a camping area.

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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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