Do you know about Shikoku, one of Japan's main islands?
If you want to tour the islands of the Seto Inland Sea and see Shikoku, Japan's final frontier, first head to the city of Takamatsu.
Your trip to the Seto Inland Sea and Shikoku begins in Takamatsu.
Directions: Flights (Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok)
Takamatsu, a very easy city to get to from overseas and elsewhere in Japan, is a tourism hub for Shikoku and the Seto Inland Sea. Direct flights connect Takamatsu with Taipei, Shanghai and South Korea, and it's also a convenient place to make connections to Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.
Shanghai (Pudong) International Airport - Takamatsu Airport (flight time approx 2 hr)
Taipei (Taoyuan) International Airport - Takamatsu Airport (flight time approx 2 hr 25 min)
Seoul (Incheon) International Airport - Takamatsu Airport (flight time approx 1 hr 35 min)
Tokyo (Haneda/Narita) - Takamatsu Airport (flight time approx 1 hr 20 min)
Hong Kong International Airport - Takamatsu Airport (flight time approx 3 hr 40 min)
It's also easy to get here from Tokyo, Osaka and Kyushu via the Shinkansen and buses.
Tokyo Stn - Okayama Stn (approx. 3 hr 30 min by bullet train) - Takamatsu Stn (approx. 1 hr by train)
Shin Osaka Stn - Okayama Stn (approx. 50 min by bullet train) - Takamatsu Stn (approx. 1 hr by train)
Hakata Stn - Okayama Stn (approx. 2 hr by bullet train) - Takamatsu Stn (approx. 1 hr by train)
For details, visit the "Transportation Access to Kagawa Prefecture" page at the "Sightseeing Guide of Kagawa Prefecture, Japan" website : http://www.my-kagawa.jp/eg/access.php
The Port of Takamatsu is also very handy for touring the islands that make the Seto Inland Sea so alluring.
Ferries make non-stop runs from Takamatsu to Naoshima, Shodoshima, Teshima, Megi-jima, Ogi-jima and Oshima.
Takamatsu Port - Naoshima (approx. 50 min by ferry, approx 25 min by high speed ferry)
Takamatsu Port - Shodoshima (approx. 1 hr by ferry, approx. 30~45 min by high speed ferry)
Takamatsu Port - Teshima (approx. 35 min by high speed ferry)
Takamatsu Port - Megijima (approx. 20 min by ferry)
Takamatsu Port - Megijima - Ogijima (approx. 40 min by ferry)
Takamatsu Port - Oshima (approx. 25 min by high speed ferry)
Have fun out on the islands by day and check out Takamatsu's nightlife after sunset!
On a Takamatsu shopping arcade, you can find chefs offering local cuisine that makes the most out of the Seto Inland Sea's resources.
Get your fill of fresh Seto Inland Sea cooking and enjoy night in Takamatsu.
But those aren't the only ways to have a good time in Takamatsu.
In the Edo Period (1603-1867), the city grew as a castle town governed by the Matsudaira clan, a branch of the Tokugawa clan. Culturally, the city has highly developed traditional crafts.
A good example is bonsai: Takamatsu is Japan's greatest producer of bonsai trees.
The world of bonsai is a small universe unto its own. It is more than merely planting small potted trees. One must care year-round for a bonsai tree, a microcosm of natural beauty. Japanese terms like "yu'uga" (elegance), "wabi-sabi" (simplicity and refinement based on transience and imperfection) and "seimei no shinpi" (secrets of life) exemplify the art of bonsai.
For more info: http://www.art-takamatsu.com/bonsai/
Other world-class traditional crafts include Kagawa lacquer and aji-ishi stones.
Make Takamatsu your base for touring Shikoku!
Organization for Promotion of Tourism in Shikoku