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

Aji stone and stone art appreciation 1 day course

Aji stone and stone art appreciation 1 day course

Aji stone, quarried in Takamatsu, is known as one of the three major granites of Japan and valued around the world.

Takamatsu features a number of artworks by famous sculptors using this stone.

Come and visit Takamatsu to experience the history built by stonemasons and appreciate the beauty of stone.

Depart from JR Takamatsu Station

Bus (No. 73 for Kokusai Hotel and Aji)

Takamatsu Station Bus 37min

Yashima Tennis Club Mae

Yashima Tennis Club Mae
Walk 15min

The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan

The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan

Isamu Noguchi, who was one of the 20th century’s leading sculptors who located his studio in the town of Mure, Kagawa Prefecture in 1969 and worked on numerous large scale sculptures using granite and basalt.

At The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, visitors can see the 150 works he left behind, as well as his home and the stone garden he made in his later years.

The museum is opened on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with reservation. There are 3 tours per day at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00. See here for details.

Walk 15min


Yamadaya Walk 10min


Sanuki udon noodles are a Kagawa specialty.

Visitors to Yamadaya can always enjoy freshly prepared noodles.

The spacious building is a registered tangible cultural asset, and visitors can relax and enjoy themselves in the calm interior.

Takamatsu Stone Culture Park

Takamatsu Stone Culture Park

The museum presents the skill and knowledge of stone masons from the end of the Taisho to the beginning of the Showa Eras using life-sized mannequins in dioramas and actual materials, to present the conditions of the time depicted.

Numerous artworks by Japanese and international sculptors are also on display outside the museum.

Walk 25min

Yashima Tennis Club Mae

Yashima Tennis Club Mae

Bus (No. 73 for Kokusai Hotel and Aji)

Bus 7min


Walk 5min

Shirobana Park

Walk 3min
Shirobana Park

A number of stone monuments are on display at Shirobana Park which faces the Seto Inland Sea.

This park is most beautiful in the evening, and is also known as a “sacred place for lovers”, with the adjacent “Pure Love Road” featuring heart shaped stone monuments and benches, where visiting couples to enjoy taking leisurely walks.

Walk 6min



Bus (No. 74 for Kawaramachi Takamatsu Station)

Bus 35min

Kawaramachi Station

Walk 10min

Sanuki Industrial Crafts Center Sun Quelaque

Sanuki Industrial Crafts Center Sun Quelaque

This shop offers a variety of Sanuki Kagari Temari balls made with cotton yarn and plant dyes, traditional Kagawa lacquerware and a large selection of other Kagawa crafts.

The “Aji glass” made from “Aji stone” introduced on this model course has a pure blue color like the Seto Inland Sea.

Walk 10min




Kagawa’s bone-in chicken is popular enough to rival Sanuki Udon noodles.

The bone-in chicken thigh meat is flavored with an original blend of spices and cooked in a special kettle, making the skin crispy and savory and the meat juicy.

The recommended method for eating it is, to hold the bone and bite into chicken.



The spacious lounge serves as a place of relaxation for guests and neighbors alike.
Introduction video


Course Itinerary

Time Location
9:00 Takamatsu Station
9:37 Yashima Tennis Club Mae
9:47 The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan
11:15 Yamadaya
13:00 Takamatsu Stone Culture Park
14:52 Yashima Tennis Club Mae
14:59 Shingai
15:04 Shirobana Park
16:21 Shingai
16:56 Kawaramachi Station
17:06 Sanuki Industrial Crafts Center Sun Quelaque
18:00 Ikkaku

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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