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- NYC has Williamsburg, London has Shoreditch, and Kagawa has Kitahama Alley. That last name is undoubtedly the least famous of these hip neighborhoods, but Takamatsu’s art, dining and fashion-focused redevelopment zone might well have the most authentic atmosphere. Because whereas cool boutiques and cafes elsewhere try hard to give their premises an artfully worn-in vibe, at Kitahama Alley the salty sea air has already taken care of this design element. Kitahama Alley Opened in 2000 with the aim of revitalizing Takamatsu’s port district, which once thrived but had fallen into decline by the end of the 20th century, Kitahama Alley consist of two rows of former Showa era (1926-1989) warehouses, externally still all rust and weathered patinas, that have been renovated inside to house a mix of independently-owned shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. The project has proved to be a great success, drawing crowds of design-conscious locals and curious travelers alike. Kitahama Alley Though Kitahama Alley is just a 15-minute walk from the city’s main Takamatsu Station, the deeply relaxed atmosphere here encourages a slower pace while strolling from spot to spot and breathing in the fresh sea air. Though the businesses opened here each possess their own distinct charm, simply hanging out at the Alley without spending much money is also a pleasure. Warmer months see the stone-paved outdoor space host live music performances, flea markets, and other events, and the nearby ferry terminal makes an impromptu cruise possible should the mood strike. Kitahama Alley ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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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...
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This is a nice area to visit if you want a break from some of the usual haunts for shopping and dining. This area hosts art displays and is located in a very nice area just east of Takamatsu...
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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