Travel / Tourism Spots in Takamatsu Area

  • Tamamo Park (Ruins of Takamatsu Castle)
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    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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    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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    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...

  • Roadside Station Genpei no Sato Mure
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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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    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...

  • Marine Station Naoshima
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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.

  • Yakuri Cable Cars
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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...

  • Botaraku-san Shido-ji Temple
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    52 Reviews
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    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...

  • Takamatsu Art Museum
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    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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    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.

  • Ichinomiyaji Temple
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    45 Reviews
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    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...

  • Nagao-ji Temple
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    42 Reviews
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    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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    39 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.

    飛行機の出発まで時間があるので、時間調整に立ち寄りましたが、温泉施設が改装中ということで閉まっていました。レストランが開いていました。3月6日より温泉営業再開という看板が出ていました。道の駅としては、特筆するものはありませんでした。

  • Tsuda no Matsubara
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    Kagawa Sanuki-shi Tsudamachi Tsuda 103-3 Roadside Station Tsudanomatsubara
    This scenic stretch of white sands and green pines has even been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 Best Beaches. Ancient, 600-year-old pines and visually stunning twisted pines with roots jutting out of the ground extend along a one-kilometer-long length of beach. The area was originally established as a prefectural park called Kinrin Park in 1915, and was later eventually included as part of Setonaikai National Park, known for the fabulous scenery of the Seto Inland Sea. The largest swimming beach in the prefecture, in the summer the popular destination bustles with beach-goers and it sees over 130 thousand visitors annually.

    Again the water and weather was cold but the forest was beautiful! Lots of history, love the little shrines about the area and the fact that everyone can rake a little bit and help maintain the park.

  • Nakanoya Takamatsu
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    28 Reviews
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    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!

  • Kagawa Gift Shop Ritsurin-An
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Ritsurinchou 1-20-16
    Kagawa Gift Shop Ritsurin-An is on the grounds of Ritsurin Park, a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The scent of hinoki cypress greets you when you step in the door. They offer an array of enticing goods including traditional Sanuki handicrafts like Kagawa lacquerware and Takamatsu papier-mache, as well as unique items with udon noodle motifs. Food products like Sanuki udon and seasonal sweets are available too.

    This is a crafts store that sells mostly regional products from the Kagawa prefecture. I loved it because there are so many more genuine regional products than the average souvenir store! My...

  • Seto Inland Sea Folk History Museum
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    Kagawa Takamatsu-shi Kamemizu Cho 1412-2 (Goshikidai Yamaue)
    This museum was established in 1973 in order to enhance awareness of the region’s history and traditional culture. The museum collects, displays, and researches items connected to the history and folk customs of the Setouchi region. The museum’s standing exhibition displays National Tangible Folk Cultural Property-designated fishing gear and vessels used on the Seto Inland Sea, and a recreation of a traditional boat-building shop, enabling visitors to come in contact with the unique traditional way of life in the Setouchi region. Outside the museum are displayed a motorized sailboat and other wooden boats, as well as stone statues. From the rooftop observatory, museum visitors can take in the idyllic scenery of the Bisan Strait.

    五色台のドライブ途中に立ち寄った。建物の外観をみて、その形状の美しさに感動を覚えた(当建物は日本建築学会賞を受賞しています)。 入館料は無料であり、また館内では瀬戸内海の暮らしや船等の説明書や展示品が数多くあり、改めて海と深く関係し生活していたことがわかった。 また屋上から瀬戸内海を展望することもでき、有意義な時間を過ごすことができた。

  • Maeyama Henro Exchange Salon
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    Kagawa Sanuki-shi Maeyama 936 Maeyama Chiku-ku Revitalization Center
    This rest area is situated along the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage between Nagaoji Temple, the route’s 87th temple; and Okuboji Temple, the 88th temple. The rest area serves as a place for pilgrims to exchange information as well as a gathering space for local residents. Inside, there’s a pilgrim museum where visitors can video Edo period travelogues and maps, votive tables left behind by past pilgrims who were offered food or accommodation, and old pilgrimage stamp books and handprints. In addition to pilgrims, the facility is used for group study events by local elementary and middle schools, and as a training space for lifelong learning groups.

    さぬきしてに位置している、お遍路さんのために設けられた施設です。お遍路の復習をすることができました。

  • Roadside Station Nagao
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    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Maeyama 940-12
    A roadside station situated along the way to the Okuboji Temple, the last temple on 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. To the north of the station is the shore of the lake created by Maeyama Dam; mountains stretch away to the south. The station sells an abundant variety of fresh legumes and beans and products which make great gifts and souvenirs, such as red peas, black soybeans, and red kidney beans. There's also a shop selling other local products.

    山中を歩いて女体山を通り88番札所に行けます。バスも有りますので片道でもOK。 野生のサルもいましたよ!。結構運動にはなります

  • Okuboji Temple
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    Kagawa Pref. Sanukishi Tawa Kanewari 96
    Okuboji Temple located in Sanuki City, Kagawa Prefecture is a temple of the Shingon sect Daikakuji school and the 88th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is the place for completing a Shikoku pilgrimage, and the kongozue (sticks) and hats which belonged to pilgrims who completed the pilgrimage are dedicated next to the main hall. It is said that Gyoki established the temple in the Yoro period (717 to 724), and Kobo daishi built an edifice and enshrined a statue of Bhaisajyaguru carved by him later. It was popular for the principal image of Bhaisajyaguru which is said to blow away calamity and sicknesses, and also as a Nyoninkoya where women can access the mountain. The main hall and a two-story tahoto pagoda line up are backed by Taizogamine Peak, and it is said that you can receive the same fortune as with the pilgrimage of the 88 sites when you walk one lap around the Osunafumidojo (sand stepping field) of Daishi hall. It is also well-known for fall foliage.

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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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