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Takamatsu, a city of art facing a jewel of the world: the Seto

Discover Scenic Sites and Art around Takamatsu on Bicycle

Discover Scenic Sites and Art around Takamatsu on Bicycle

Rental bicycles are available to help you explore Takamatsu.
The mild climate and concentration of scenic sites near the city center make a bicycle ride a perfect way to get around. Enjoy the pleasant sea breeze as you cycle along the waterfront and visit the beautiful gardens and art for which Takamatsu is famous.

Depart from JR Takamatsu Station

Takamatsu Station

Rental bicycles are located underground. Exit the main entrance of Takamatsu Station and go down the stairs. Instructions are available in several languages. In addition, staff at the reception desk will be happy to answer your questions.

Entrance to the underground bicycle parking/Rent-a-bicycle reception desk

bicycle 5min

Tamamo Park

Tamamo Park

Tamamo Park

Tamamo Park opened to the public in 1955, and it is located on the former site of Takamatsu Castle, also known as Tamamo Castle, from which it derives its name. Takamatsu Castle is one of Japan's three great seaside castles, and the moats are filled with seawater from the Seto Inland Sea. Ushitora Yagura (Northeast Tower), Tsukimi Yagura (Moon-Viewing Tower), Watari Yagura (Connecting Gallery), Mizute Gomon (Waterside Gate), and Hiunkaku (Former Villa of the Takamatsu Matsudaira Family) have been designated Important Cultural Properties.

bicycle 5min

The Kagawa Museum

The Kagawa Museum

The Kagawa Museum

The Kagawa Museum is a comprehensive museum with the function of both a history museum and an art museum. Historical exhibits include not only ancient artifacts but also audiovisual presentations and replicas of buildings. Art exhibits include sculptures, Western-style paintings and Japanese-style paintings from the museum's collection, which focuses on artists with connections to Kagawa prefecture, including Isamu Noguchi, Genichiro Inokuma, Kaii Higashiyama and Mango Kobayashi.

Website

bicycle 5min

Lunch and shopping

Kitahama Alley

Kitahama Alley

Located in the warehouse district near the port, the historical buildings have been transformed into shops and restaurants.
Stop here for a delicious meal at one of several restaurants, and then soak in the atmosphere of the old port district while investigating the many trendy shops run by young entrepreneurs.

bicycle 15min

Takamatsu Art Museum

bicycle 20min
Takamatsu Art Museum

Takamatsu Art Museum

Located in the center of Takamatsu, the art museum was renewed and reopened in 2016.
It has a high reputation both in Japan and overseas as a museum focused on three themes: postwar contemporary Japanese art, 20th and 21st century art from around the world, and arts and crafts from Kagawa.
The museum shop and café are open for all to enjoy.

Website

Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden

Of all the gardens in Japan that are designated as National Special Scenic Beauty, Ritsurin Garden covers the largest area, encompassing six ponds and thirteen mounds. The beauty of this garden has been painstakingly maintained and preserved since its completion in 1745. In 2009, it was awarded 3 stars, the highest rating, in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

Website

bicycle 20min

Kotoden Kawaramachi Station

Entrance to the underground bicycle parking/Rent-a-bicycle reception desk

To return your bicycle, go to the bicycle parking area beneath Kawaramachi Station. There are also other places where you can return your bicycle without going back to the place you rented it.

Dinner

Kaisendonya Nakamise

Kaisendonya Nakamise

Seasonal fish caught in the Seto Inland Sea and many different areas swim in the big tank inside the restaurant. Enjoy fresh seafood plucked from the tank and served in a variety of ways, including sashimi and tempura.

Accommodations (guest house)

Traditional Apartment

"Traditional Apartment" is a sixty-year-old apartment building that was renovated to create a guesthouse. The lounge space also serves as a venue for concerts and music events as well as a gallery for exhibitions.
Video

Traditional Apartment

Course Itinerary

Time Location
9:00 Takamatsu Station
9:20 Tamamo Park
10:30 The Kagawa Museum
11:50 Kitahama Alley
13:20 Takamatsu Art Museum
15:00 Ritsurin Garden
17:00 Kawaramachi Station
18:00 Kaisendonya Nakamise

Management of this model course

Cathy Hirano

I've lived in Japan since 1978. After graduating from a Japanese university with a BA in cultural anthropology in 1983, I worked as a translator in a Japanese consulting engineering firm in Tokyo for several years. My Japanese husband and I moved to Takamatsu in 1987 to raise our two children in a slower-paced environment away from the big city pressures. We've never regretted it. I work as a freelance translator and interpreter and am involved in a lot of community work, including volunteering for Second Hand, a local NGO that supports educational and vocational training initiatives in Cambodia, and for the Takamatsu International Association. I love living in Takamatsu.

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