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

Seto Inland Sea "Jewel of the World" 1 Day Satisfaction Course

Jewel of the World

There are two islands floating in the Seto Inland Sea, known as the "Jewel of the World".

The islands are "Megijima", which is the site of legends about ancient Japanese ogres known as "oni", and is just 20 minutes from Takamatsu, and "Ogijima", another 20 minutes from "Megijima" and featuring a labyrinth-like townscape.

Come and visit Takamatsu to enjoy history and art while experiencing the vastly different atmospheres of the two islands.

Depart from Takamatsu Port

Takamatsu Port Kagawa Prefectural pier (No. 1)

Megijima ferry

Meon 2, the ferry which travels the Takamatsu Port -Megijima-Ogijima route.



An island with oni?! Megijima It is said that in the past, ancient Japanese ogres known as "oni" lived in massive caverns on the island, and the island is also known by the name "Onigashima" (Island of ogres).
Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Seto Inland Sea as well as the fusion of the traditional village with modern art.

Arrive at Megijima Port


Onigashima Oni no Yakata The building is designed based on an image of an oni spreading out both of its hands.
This building is the island's tourist information center and also features shops, a cafeteria, rental bicycles and other services. The building also offers a display of a large selection of materials and fairy stories related to oni from all over Japan.
Ticket booth for a bus headed to the cavern.

Arrive at cavern

Onigashima Cavern Oni

Onigashima Cavern This massive cavern is 4,000 m2 and run 400 m deep. It is said that the cavern was formed around 100 BC.

Arrive at Washigamine Observatory

Washigamine Observatory

Washigamine Observatory The view of the Seto Inland Sea from the highest peak on the island is superb.
The area is also a famous cherry blossom site in the spring.

The area around Megi Port

There are a number of artworks displayed all over the island.
How many do you think you can find while taking a leisurely stroll on the island?

Depart from Megi Port

Megi Port

The maze-like island of Ogijima. The stone walls of the settlement line the slopes of the island like steps, and are a wonderful example of small island scenery in the Seto Inland Sea.
The island also features a large number of artworks created for the Setouchi Triennale.

Arrive at Ogi Port

Ogi Exchange Center

Ogi Exchange Center This building was designed by Spanish modern artist Jaume Plensa. The center sells light meals, souvenirs and other goods. Visitors can also obtain information pamphlets here.


Madoka freshest of fish

Madoka Enjoy the freshest of fish from the Seto Inland Sea. Enjoy the spectacular views while eating from the terrace seating.

Ogijima Lighthouse

Ogijima Lighthouse

Ogijima Lighthouse This lighthouse was constructed in 1895 and is a rarity in Japan, being constructed completely of granite. The lighthouse was named as one of the "50 Best Lighthouses in Japan".

The area around Ogi Port

There are a number of artworks displayed all over the island. How many do you think you can find while taking a leisurely stroll on the island?

Depart from Ogi Port

Ogi Port

Arrive at Takamatsu Port

Ogi Port
Red Lighthouse

Arrive at Red Lighthouse

The Red Lighthouse is the symbol of the "Sunport Takamatsu" bay area. The first completely glass-walled lighthouse in the world.
The lighthouse is 14 m tall, and is lit by red fluorescent lights in glass blocks, producing a light which can be seen from approximately 24 km away.



Heart hub bay area KITAHAMA Alley Commercial complex converted from old warehouses.
A trendy spot on the Takamatsu Port waterfront. The complex features cafes and restaurants, galleries, boutiques, variety shops and other services, and flea markets, concerts and other events are held in the plaza.

Accommodations (guest house)

Ten to Sen

A unique guest house featuring a shabby-chic style and located in the center of the city area.

Ten to Sen

Kitahama Alley, Kitahama Sumiyoshi

Rental accommodation house which is renovated 100 years old town house. Rental is available for 1 group per day.

Kitahama Alley, Kitahama Sumiyoshi

Course Itinerary

Time Location
8:00 Depart from Takamatsu Port
8:20 Arrive at Megijima Port
8:35 Cavern
9:30 Washigamine Observatory
10:40 The area around Megi Port
12:20 Depart from Megi Port
12:40 Arrive at Ogi Port
14:30 Ogijima Lighthouse
16:00 The area around Ogi Port
17:00 Depart from Ogi Port
17:40 Arrive at Takamatsu Port
18:00 Red Lighthouse
19:00 KITAHAMA Alley

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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