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
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.
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.
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.
Lunch and shopping
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.
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.
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.
Kotoden Kawaramachi Station
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.
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" 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.
|10:30||The Kagawa Museum|
|13:20||Takamatsu Art Museum|
Management of this model course
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.