It takes about 30 minutes to get from the city center to Mt. Yashima’s summit by car. You can also go by train and bus. On the way to the top of the mountain via the scenic Yashima Skyway, there are several panoramic viewpoints, including Mt. Goken, a historic battlefield from the Genpei War, and the towns of Mure and Aji. If you are driving, please keep your eyes on the road and use the Yashima Sanjo Parking Lot for visitors. (Business hours: 6:30am - 10:00pm.)
On the mountain is Yashima-ji Temple, the 84th temple in the Shikoku Pilgrimage of 88 Temples. Founded in 754, this historic temple is designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property. The temple's treasure house keeps the eleven-sided Thousand-armed Kannon statue, which is the temple's principal image and also designated as an Important Cultural Property. In addition, there are a number of valuable artifacts related to the Genpei War on display.
The nearby New Yashima Aquarium is also a must-see. This aquarium is located on a mountain, which is rare in the world, and approx. 130 species of sea and river creatures, including North American manatee and arapaima, are kept and exhibited. It has a small but cozy atmosphere. You just can't miss the adorable dolphin and seal shows there!
Last but not least, enjoy spectacular sunset views from the Shishi-no-Reigan Observatory. Since there is a rock resembling a lion under the observation deck, it was named Shishi-no-Reigan, which literally means "spirits of lion rock" in Japanese. There is no doubt that anyone would be impressed by the beauty of the ever-changing evening sky, the sparkling cityscape of Takamatsu, and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. You can also try your luck by throwing Kawarake, clay discs, as you pray for good fortune and ward off evil.