Art, Architecture, Sightseeing in 1 Day
Takamatsu features a large number of works by world famous architects, and many architectual professionals and engineers visit Japan from all over the world just to see these works.
Works by new, younger architects are also continually being added.
Come and visit Takamatsu where you can experience the power of both the traditional and the new.
Depart from JR Takamatsu Station
Bus #15 bound for Kozai Shako (Via Kencho/Nisseki-mae & Miyawaki-cho)
Arrive at Kagawa Prefectural Government Office
Kagawa Prefectural Government Office, East Building
The East Building of the Kagawa Prefectural Government Office is a work of Kenzo Tange. It was selected as one of the 20 Best Examples of Modern Japanese Architecture. The building expresses the beams and pillars of Japanese traditional Kiwari-style(wood module style) construction all in concrete.
The ceramic tile mural "Harmony, Reverence, Serenity, Tranquility"(Wa/Kei/Sei/Jyaku) designed by artist, Geninchiro Inokuma. It is located in the 1st floor lobby creating an artistic atmosphere.
Yashima, viewable from the observation area on the 21st floor, is a beautifully shaped lava plateau that has been designated a National Natural Monument. Enjoy a short rest while gazing at the cityscape of Takamatsu in the cafe.
Depart from Kotoden Kawaramachi Station
Train (Kotoden Shido Line)
Arrive at Kotoden Yashima Station
Depart from "Yashima Sanjo" Shuttle Bus Stop
"Yashima Sanjo" Shuttle Bus Stop
Arrive at Shikoku Mura Bus Stop
It is a special place to eat even among famous Sanuki Udon noodle shops and restaurants of Japan. Visitors can enjoy a taste of old Japan in a renovated thatched traditional house dating back to the end of the Edo Period. One of their specialties is the “Kazoku Udon” (family noodles), which is served in a large wooden tub intended for a large group of people.
This open-air museum preserves old houses, traditional shops and facilities, farmers' Kabuki Theater, and other historic structures dating back from the Edo Period(1603-1868) to the Taisho Period(1912-1926). The total area of this architectural park is approximately 50,000 square meters. Visitors can also enjoy works of art by the sculptor Masayuki Nagare. Local stones from Kagawa Prefecture including Aji-ishi were incorporated in them.
Shikoku Mura Gallery
The Shikoku Mura Gallery showcases various artworks. The building itself is considered a work of art. It was designed by the prominent architect, Tadao Ando, and opened its doors in 2002.
Kotoden Yashima Station
Kotoden Shido Line
Transfer Train at Kawaramachi Station
Kotoden Kotohira Line
Arrive at Kotoden Busshozan Station
Visitors can enjoy creative dishes which use plenty of seasonal ingredients. The menu is decided according to what ingredients are available each day, so visitors can enjoy and experience different flavors each time they visit Bisyoku Club.
The noticeably bright building of the Busshozan Onsen was designed by the architect and manager, Shohei Oka. The hot spring features an interior bath as well as open-air baths where visitors can enjoy bathing while gazing at the stars in the night sky. It is said that the lukewarm hot spring provides both health and beauty benefits. Bathing while reading a book is recommended. Visitors can enjoy delicious shaved ice with home-made fruit syrup in the open lobby after bath.
Accommodations (guest house)
Enjoy conversing about your travel memories while relaxing in a swaying hammock.
|9:15||Kagawa Prefectural Office|
|11:45||Yashima Sanjo Shuttle Bus|
|15:00||Shikoku Mura Gallery|
|19:00||Busshozan Hot Spring|
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.