The Seto-Naikai (“the Inland Sea of Japan”) dotted with more than 110 islands of all sizes – Kotohira-gu Shrine, the center of worship for common people
Situated in the northeastern part of Shikoku, Kagawa consists of the Sanuki mountain range with a chain of 3,500 footers topped by Mt. Ryuo of 1,060 meters above sea level, the Sanuki plains stretching out to the north and the Seto-Naikai (“the Island Sea of Japan”) dotted with more than 110 islands(Shodo-shima Island etc.) of all sizes.
The prefecture has been known for the production of cotton, sugar and salt called “Sanuki Sanpaku” (three whites) since early times. Takamatsu City, which was a castle town in the feudal age, has prospered as an important center of transportation for these products.
The Bisan-Seto sea area with a 690 kilometers long coastline fronting on the Seto-Naikai and a variety of islands sit in the serene sea boasts the natural views so beautiful that it was designated as Japan’s first national park in 1934.
The Kotohira-gu Shrine, nicknamed “Konpira-san” by people with a sense of intimacy, drew many visitors to it as a center of worship for common people in the 17th through 19th centuries. Today, it is visited by about 4 million people a year.
Shodoshima Island, known as the place where olive raising started in Japan, has beautiful valleys such as Choshikei and Kankakei, the Shodoshima olive park that looks like somewhere along the shore of the Mediterranean and many other places worth visiting.
The smallest prefecture in Japan is located on the island of Shikoku and is called “Kagawa”. Although its territory is small, it does not mean that it does not have endless attractions to offer for those who want to have an adventure in their lands.
This prefecture has landscapes that will take the breath away of anyone who visits the beauties that this place has in person.
Kagawa is easily accessible from cities in Japan, such as Kyoto, Osaka or Tokyo. It can be reached by train or by plane.
Some of the most recommended places to visit during your stay in Kagawa are:
• Takaya Jinja Shrine: Located in the city of Kanonji this shrine is on the top of Mount Inazumi and its Torii (gate) stands in front of an amazing view of the metropolis, making this place excellent for taking photos. It also gives you the opportunity to connect with life and nature, from the top. It is a sacred place with a spectacular view. If you are lucky you might also run into some wild rabbits.
• Ritsurin Garden: located in East Takamatsu City yard Construction began in 1625, in the Edo period, being one of the main attractions of Takamatsu. It is part of the “three most beautiful gardens in Japan”. Its six ponds and thirteen hills are adorned by more than 1,400 pine trees of the most spectacular size and shape. In it is the “Kikugetsu-tei”, a tea house in the southwest area where you can enjoy a green tea with a sweet, while you rest seated on the tatami of your rooms and admire the ponds and lakes of the park . Likewise, there are several exhibitions of popular art and crafts, with which, in addition to admiring the landscape, you can also contemplate other things. To enjoy all that Ritsurin offers you have to dedicate half a day or more to it.
• Naoshima Island: This curious island became famous in the mid-90s when the “Benesse Art Site” museum opened its doors and, little by little, the island was filled with contemporary art, becoming a unique destination for art lovers. Museums and numerous outdoor sculptures are scattered around the coast, including Yayoi Kusama’s The Yellow Pumpkin, which has become a symbol of Naoshima.
• Zenigata Sand Coin: In Kotohiki Park, there is a huge sand art of a copper coin from the Edo period drawn on Ariake Beach in Kanonji City; It was created overnight in 1633 to welcome the feudal lord Ikoma Takatoshi. It’s called “Zenigata Sunae”. The sand image is 122 m from east to west, 90 km from north to south, and has a circumference of 345 meters. It is said that if you see the picture you will live a long and healthy life and you will not have problems with it. money.
• Chichibugahama beach: it is a 1 km long beach in the city of Mitoyo. This magnificent coastline is characterized in that, if there is no wind to disturb the surface of the water, during low tide, the sky is beautifully reflected in the most stagnant among the area, creating a natural mirror effect. It is considered one of the 100 best places to watch the sunset in Japan.
• Udon: This typical Japanese noodle dish is the gastronomic specialty of the prefecture, since it has more than 700 places where they offer this delicious dish, which is why Kagawa is affectionately called the prefecture of the Udon. When you visit this beautiful place, try Udon in one of the many restaurants that prepare it so that you can enjoy such delicious food.
In this prefecture there are more places to visit, creating a compact and interesting adventure. Kagawa is a very interesting destination, combining nature, culture, curious structures and exquisite food. When traveling to Japan, it is important to enjoy a stay in Kagawa Prefecture.
Getting to Kagawa
About 1 hour and 20 minutes to Takamatsu Arport from Tokyo Haneda Airport; about 35 minutes from Kansai International airport. About 3 hours and 20 minutes to Okayama Station from Tokyo Station and about 40 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line. About 1 hour from Okayama Station to Takamatsu Station by JR Seto-Ohashi Line.