KagawaKagawa Prefecture is one of the four prefectures of Shikoku Island. It is currently the smallest prefecture in Japan, and is settled on the Seto Inland Sea next to Ehime and Tokushima Prefecture. It was originally known as Sanuki Province, which is the origin of the nationally famous Sanuki Udon. It is also connected by the Great Seto bridge which connects Shikoku Island to the mainland. Kagawa itself is known for very good weather with relatively little rainfall, which means the possibility for great beach days on the Seto coast.
Kagawa is also home to many temples, part of the eighty-eight temple pilgrimage around Shikoku Island, and is home to the Zentsuji temple where famous Buddhist Kukai was born. Kukai would eventually be associated with the pilgrimage itself, as he was the monk who established Buddhism in Japan. If you travel around Kagawa and other prefectures in Shikoku, you may see pilgrims with distinctive hats walking from temple to temple.
If you love art, you may also be interested in Kagawa’s art museums. Chichu Art Museum is the most famous art museum in Kagawa. The building itself is very beautiful, especially if you can look from above. It focuses particularly on architectural art, as well as some paintings and physical artwork. They also have a creative café that serves olive-based food, one of Kagawa’s famous exports.
Places to visit in Kagawa
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Kankakei Gorge Ropeway
This ropeway takes visitors over the Kankakei Gorge, a canyon in the middle of Shodo Island. Considered one of Japan's three most beautiful gorge, it becomes particularly popular during the fall in the second half of November, when the green trees turn to colo
Ritsurin Garden is one of Japan's most famous Japanese gardens. It was created and owned by the successive leaders of the Sanuki-Takamatsu clan in the Edo period, and has now been appointed as a place of special scenic beauty, and is acclaimed not only in Japa
This is one of the most famous power spots in Kagawa Prefecture. This shrine is famous for its long stairways with 785 steps, and it enshrines Omonomushi, as known as the God of oceans.
Zentsu-ji Temple, located in Kagawa, is the seventy-fifth temple of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage.
This island is famous for its beautiful natural landscapes, art installations and modern architecture, including a museum designed by Tadao Ando.
Twenty Four Eyes Movie Studio
Based on the novel by Sakae Tsuboi published in 1952, the film "Twenty Four Eyes" directed by Keisuke Kinoshita was shot on Shodo Island in 1954. The film tells the story of the schoolteacher Hisako Oishi who lived on Shodo Island during the rise and fall of J
Rihga Hotel Zest Takamatsu
A 10-minute walk from Takamatsu Station, Rihga Hotel Zest Takamatsu offers comfortable rooms with free internet. The hotel features 5 dining options and massage services.
Takamatsu Tokyu REI Hotel
Takamatsu Tokyu REI Hotel is located a 7-minute walk from JR Takamatsu Station and Takamatsu Port. It offers a restaurant and accommodation with free internet access. Takamatsu REI Tokyu Hotel is a 25-minute drive from Yashima.
Hotel Route-Inn Sakaide-Kita Inter
Hotel Route-Inn Sakaide-Kita Inter offers modern accommodations with free wired internet and an LCD TV with a video-on-demand system. Guests can rent laptops at the front desk and relax in the spacious public baths.
Toyoko Inn Takamatsu Hyogomachi
Featuring chargeable massages, a launderette and rooms with free Wi-Fi, Toyoko Inn Hyogomachi is a less than 10-minute walk from JR Takamatsu Station. It offers free-use lobby computers and a printer.
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Takamatsu
Located in the centre of Takamatsu city, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Takamatsu offers modern Western accommodations. Rental laptops are available and guests can choose from 5 types of pillows at the front desk.
Hotel Route-Inn Marugame
Hotel Route Inn Marugame is a 5-minute drive from JR Marugame Station and 2.6 km from Marugame-jo Castle. It offers a restaurant, a large public bath and rooms with free wired internet. Guest rooms offer both air conditioning and
Shin Kabakawa Kanko Hotel
Situated 20 km from Setonaikai Kokuritsukōen in Takamatsu, Shin Kabakawa Kanko Hotel features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.
Naoshima: the Japanese Island with a Difference
Between the main island of Japan, Honshu and the smaller island of Shikoku some 27 islands dot the area known as the Seto Inland Sea. Of these islands, Naoshima is the best known to tourists and for good reason. Waking up in the morning to the call of sea kite