Yashima is approx. 30 minutes by car from the city center of Takamatsu and also accessible by train and bus. This mountain (an ancient island) is a plateau featuring a roof-like shape. Visitors enjoy viewing its seasonal landscape.
Enjoy viewing cherry blossoms in spring, the islands in the balmy sea in summer, shiny red leaves in autumn and a fantastic view of the mountain with snow on some days in winter.
On the top of the mountain is Yashima Temple, which is temple No. 84 on the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage. The mountain has several routes for exploration, including a pilgrimage road, climbing route and ancient road. Try to walk on these roads as much as your time and physical strength allow.
The mountain also features many must-see sights, including an aquarium on the summit, which is rare, a temple where a legendary raccoon dog is enshrined and a historical site.
The most popular site for enjoying a stunning view is Shishinoreigan observation deck. Located at an altitude of approx. 300 meters, this observation deck commands a splendid view of Takamatsu City and the Seto Inland Sea, which features many islands. You can also see the Seto Ohashi bridge on a fine day.
Gathering date：2018.4.10 / Yashima
Yu Sakaguchi is a photographer who photographs the beautiful scenery of the 138 habited islands in the Seto Inland Sea, agricultural, mountain and fishing villages in Shikoku. He makes his living in design work relating to primary industry. His website Monogatari o Todokeru Shigoto (“The Job of Delivering Stories”) introduces the beautiful scenery, culinary culture and various other aspects of Shikoku and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, and has been accessed by users in over 160 different countries. Feeling that it would be difficult to preserve the scenery in front of him for the next generation by simply distributing information alone, together with his fellow Shikoku-loving companions, he launched Shikoku Taberu (Food) Tsushin magazine, and began his work communicating the food culture and stories of the region. He is a director for the Sanagouchi Village foundation. He was awarded the Japan Ningenryoku (“Human Skill”) Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award in 2015.
Masaki Minagawa was born in Osaka in 1985. After graduating from the Japan Institute of Photography and Film, he started work at Nice! Ltd., where he learned mainly bridal and other human photography; before becoming independent and establishing Nocos photography in 2015. His current activities focus primarily on family, bridal and commemorative photographs. He also shoots photographs for corporate homepages, advertisements and architectural work.
Eri Kotaki was born in Takamatsu, in Kagawa prefecture. After studying fashion, color and graphic design at university, she developed a love of travel, local gourmet cuisine and photography; and became an editor/writer. After working in various positions in editorial production and publishing companies in Tokyo, she joined the Takamatsu City Regional Promotion Cooperative Group in July 2017. She now spends her days uncovering and communicating information about the appeal and attraction of Takamatsu and its surrounding areas. Her top recommended location is the night view from Sunport Takamatsu. Her most recommended train is the Hiyaku, which runs on the Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad.