Urban district and suburbs
The city center is the gateway to Shikoku and the face of Takamatsu. The area is filled with a wide variety of attractions including shopping and gourmet experiences and also the historical, cultural and artistic features of Takamatsu. You can stroll about in free moments during your trip using the trains and buses. Find your own favorite spots. If you explore the side streets, you can discover a different side of Takamatsu.
Megijima / Ogijima
Megijima and Ogijima, two islands located side-by-side off the coast of Takamatsu, can be easily accessed by ferry from Takamatsu Port. Megijima is also known as Onigashima. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the islands, appreciate the contemporary artwork of The Setouchi Triennale and stroll through the narrow alleys and the terraced communities that appear like fish scales.
Goshikidai Pleateu translates as the five-color lava plateau. As its name implies, it consists of five peaks: Konomine (red), Kiinomine (yellow), Kuromine (black), Aomine (blue), and Shiramine (white). Enjoy driving the Goshikidai Skyline running from south to north, with its beautiful views of the Seto Inland Sea.
Kinashi / Kokubunji
Kinashi and Kokubunji are the largest pine bonsai production areas in Japan. Many domestic and overseas bonsai fans visit these places known as the home of Takamatsu bonsai. Bonsai gardens and fields are located in residential districts and are a part of the community. Enjoy viewing gardens and making bonsai.
Busshozan / Ichinomiya
Busshozan prospered in the Edo period (1603-1868) as a temple town of Honenji, the family temple dedicated to the feudal lord of Takamatsu. The historic Onari-Kaido Highway that stretches through the town is dotted with cafes and general stores in renovated traditional Japanese houses. It’s a hideaway where a modern atmosphere blends into a quaint traditional charm of the area.
"There are several temples and shrines loved by local people in Ichinomiya, including Ichinomiya Temple, which is one of the temples of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Shikoku. It is in the area along the Kotoden Kotohira Line, as is Bushozan."
Yashima / Aji / Mure
Yashima’s historic highlights that capture your imagination include Yashimaji Temple of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, ancient castle ruins, and the historic battlefield of the Genpei War. The sunset from the top of Mt. Yashima is spectacular. Mt.Gokenzan, which lies between the areas of Aji and Mure, is one of Japan’s leading stone production areas. The Aji Stone quarried here is called the diamond of granite and is highly valued. You can also visit the filming locations of a very popular movie, “Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World,” also known as “Socrates in Love,” while in Aji.
Located at the southern end of the city of Takamatsu, Shionoe is a hot spring area known as Takamatsu’s Onsen Retreat. Legend has it that the renowned Buddhist priest Gyoki (668-749) discovered it, and Kukai (774-835), also known posthumously as Kobo Daishi, made it known as a place for a hot-spring cure. The rich nature of Shionoe surrounded by mountains will heal your body and soul with cherry blossoms in spring, fireflies in summer, and autumn leaves in fall.
Kagawa / Konan
The Kagawa/Konan area is next to the Koto River flowing through central Kagawa Prefecture. It is a prosperous agricultural area thanks to its fertile land and abundant water resources. There are spots that you can visit when waiting to board your plane as it is located near Takamatsu Airport, and there are also spots you can enjoy with your family.
- Close in on the attractions of Yashimāru, a new symbol of Yashima!
- グルメ アート
- Discover ten local souvenirs from Takamatsu, Kagawa, covering everything from sweets and food gifts to crafts and sundries, that we highly recommend!
- Recommended for families with children on both sunny and rainy days! Parks/play areas for children in Takamatsu, Kagawa
- 体験 文化・伝統 豊かな自然 グルメ
- Spring always begins with Spanish mackerel in Setouchi! What is the exclusive special here?
- 散策 豊かな自然 体験 注目観光スポット
- The Eight Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Takamatsu City
- 体験 グルメ
- Go strawberry picking to eat as many fully, ripe strawberries as you can.
List of the most popular sightseeing spots
Yashima Mountain Top
Yashima, a roof-shaped lava plateau, is also famous as a battlefield of the Genpei Battle. The view of Takamatsu City and the calm Seto Inland Sea dotted with beautiful small islands from the top of this mountain is a must-see. There are many more sights to see, Such as Yashimaji Temple, which is the 84th temple of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage, the New Yashima Aquarium, which is a rare sight in the world because it is constructed on top of a mountain.
Ritsurin Garden, Special Place of Scenic Beauty
The largest of the traditional Japanese gardens among those designated as a prestigious Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The garden was created by generations of the Lords of Takamatsu Matsudaira and the ponds and miniature hills are so beautifully and artfully laid out that each step reveals a new view.
Sanuki Kodomo-no-Kuni Children's Park
Sanuki Kodomo-no-Kuni Children's Park is immediately south of Takamatsu Airport, allowing you to watch planes take off and land from nearby under a big sky. The narrow area alongside the runway (2.5 kilometers long from east to west) is divided into three areas. The Waku Waku Children's Facility with the planetarium and the Cycle Center, where visitors can enjoy riding unique bicycles, is located in the central area. A YS-11 airplane that flew until 1997 is exhibited in the east area. In the west area, there is a large airplane-shaped piece of playground equipment. It is an area where both children and adults can enjoy themselves all day.
Michi-no-Eki Genpei-no-Sato Mure Roadside Station
The Michi-no-Eki is located in Mure-cho, one of the battlefields of the Genpei Battle. The most popular item on the menu of Kaisen Shokudo Jakoya, the seafood restaurant in the Michi-no-Eki building, is the hamachi rice bowl, which contains a generous portion of sliced Japanese amberjack marinated in a special sauce. The Michi-no-Eki also includes the Genpei vegetable market and a store selling local products.
Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage 85th Sacred Spot, Yakuriji Temple
A temple constructed by Kobo Daishi in 829 on the side of Mt. Goken. O-shoden-sama, a deity of success in business and good matchmaking is enshrined in the temple. Visitors can take the nostalgic funicular to the temple. O-shoden-sama is enshrined in the Shodendo hall next to the main hall. It is familiarly known as O-shoden-sama of Yakuri.
Journeys of Discovery
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