Bring your camera and visit five photogenic spots in Takamatsu


Today, you can easily take beautiful photos with a smartphone or a digital camera. Many of you may travel for the purpose of taking photos.

Photographers say a slightly cloudy sky is better than a clear sky for taking photos.
Hard light throws strong shadows that show up strikingly in photos.

Learn tips and recommended times for photography, and visit the places you want to photograph.

  1. Dress cutely in kimono and walk in a Japanese garden.
  2. In a single glance, you will be fascinated by the Western architecture that looks just like the blue summer sky.
  3. Travel the world like an old tale
  4. The swing set, commanding a sea view, is a sacred place for loving couples.
  5. With a combination of pastel colors and a modern brown, the nostalgic atmosphere is fresh today.

Dress cutely in kimono and walk in a Japanese garden.

#Japanese garden #Wear yukata in summer #and kimono in winter #Matcha

#Ojaya #A tonosama (feudal lord)-like perspective #Kikugetsu-tei #Panoramic view of the garden

#Humpback bridge #Arched bridge #Established spot

#Red bridge #Reflection #Opposite color

Shooting location

Ritsurin Garden, an established sightseeing spot, is a circuit-style daimyo garden (Japanese garden). You will capture nice images whenever you press the shutter button in this landscape that includes about 1000 pine trees and seasonal flowers.

In the garden, kimono and yukata are available for rent. Put on the outfit of your choice and enjoy taking photos in a traditional Japanese atmosphere.

Special Place of Scenic Beauty Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden A Trip in Search of Traditional Japanese Sweets

Tips for shooting

  • Red or purple kimono looks good in seasons with more greenery. Choose the color of your kimono by the color of trees in the garden, such as cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.
  • Specular reflection may be better utilized by choosing a water surface with fewer floating objects.

Recommended hours for shooting

  • From early morning to noon. The mountain to the west of the gardens is a great backdrop, so we recommend that you go in the morning hours when sunshine comes from the east.

In a single glance, you will be fascinated by the Western architecture that looks just like the blue summer sky.

#Blue and white #Fusion between Japanese and Western styles #Taisho Roman #Registered tangible cultural property

Shooting location

The building with western architecture and eye-catching, vivid colors is the former Goten Suigenchi (Takamatsu Municipal Water Museum).
This was a water purification plant built in the Taisho period for the purpose of constructing a modern waterworks in Takamatsu-shi. Today, it has been renovated into a museum.

With a brick masonry foundation, arched gable, transoms and a tiled roof, the architecture fuses Japanese and Western styles. We recommend taking a long and careful look at it.

Tips for shooting

  • You might make the light blue color of the building a key feature that adds to your photograph.
  • Bringing the lens closer to the brick wall adds foreground bokeh, adding depth to the image.

Recommended hours for shooting

  • Photographing people is easier after 2 p.m. when sunlight pours in obliquely.
  • While glare can be difficult to handle when taking photos, it can also be good to use backlighting. This will give a soft feel to the photos.

Travel the world like an old tale

#Kazura Bridge #Suspension bridge #Swaying #Watch your step

#It’s like a mushroom. #The world of an old Japanese tale #Nationally designated cultural property #Thatched roof

Shooting location

Old houses and architecture from all around Shikoku were moved to and reproduced in Shikokumura, exposing visitors to nature, art and history.

A typical sight in an old tale, Kazura Bridge was constructed with vines.
This conical-roofed hut surrounded by greenery was used to make sugar.
Old houses, a lighthouse, and other structures were moved to this vast site at the foot of the mountain. It will transport you back in time with your camera.

Wander into the Shikoku of Bygone Days, at Shikokumura Outdoor Museum

Tips for shooting

  • Stay aware of light and shadow.
  • If your subject wears loose clothing, shooting while he/she is moving can effectively depict the movement of wind.
  • Try to use the topographical differences in height.

Recommended hours for shooting

  • Because of the abundance of tall trees and bamboo, photos may be beautifully taken at dusk when sunlight streams laterally.

The swing set, commanding a sea view, is a sacred place for loving couples.

#The swings have a gorgeous sea view #Excellent view #Shouting Love at the Heart of the World. #Sacred place of pure love

Shooting location

Oji Shrine is located near Aji Port, where fishing boats are moored. A set of small swings is located within the precincts of the shrine, on a hill.
Because the swing set appears in the famous romantic movie, Sekai-no Chushin-de Ai-wo Sakebu (Shouting Love at the Heart of the World), it attracts many sightseers.
From there, you can also see the embankment below that was used in the film.

Aji and Mure

Tips for shooting

  • Position yourself a bit higher up to capture the sea, the swings and Mt. Goken on the opposite shore in one image.
  • Also consider the positions of the moving boats.

Recommended hours for shooting

  • Good hours for shooting are from early morning to noon and from late afternoon on a sunny day. Come when the sunlight is subdued.

With a combination of pastel colors and a modern brown, the nostalgic atmosphere is fresh today.

#Old-fashioned train #Train #Kotoden #Civilization

#Pink and blue #Pastel colors #Old-fashioned station building #Heritage of Industrial Modernization

Shooting location

A historic train car used for 80 years by a local railroad company is kept in Fusazaki Park, adjacent to Michi-no-eki Genpei no Sato Mure.
Visitors can sit in the driver’s seat. This is a compelling place for train enthusiasts.

The pastel-colored, modern building is Kotoden-Yashima Station. Dating back more than 100 years, this is also designated as a Heritage Site of Industrial Modernization.
Besides the picturesque appearance of the exterior, the interior, decorated in pink and white, is also worth seeing.

Tips for shooting

Old-fashioned train
  • Position yourself right in front of it as much as possible. Try to capture the train car horizontally and vertically.
  • When shooting through the glass, your subject should be close to the glass.
Station building
  • The area is surrounded by electric wires and power poles. Look for a good angle that minimizes these wires and poles.
  • It is recommended to match the color of your subject’s clothes with the pink of the outer wall.

Recommended hours for shooting

  • Go there from early to late afternoon when sunlight is not too strong.

In addition, Kagawa has many photogenic spots such as natural areas that change with the seasons, the Setouchi islands, and works of art exhibited on the streets.
Use your smartphone or carefully-selected camera to capture the memories of your travels.


SpecialPlace of Scenic Beauty Ritsurin Garden

1-20-16 Ritsurin-cho, Takamatsu City, Kagawa
Supported languages

Takamatsu Municipal Water Museum

1360 Tsuruichi-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa

Shikokumura Open-Air Museum

91 Yashima Nakamachi, Takamatsu City, Kagawa
Supported languages

Oji Shrine

Onoshita, Aji-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa

Fuzen Park

632 Murecho Hara, Takamatsu, Kagawa

Kotoden Yashima Station

270-1 Yashima-nakamachi, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa

Gathering date:2019.10.28 / SpecialPlace of Scenic Beauty Ritsurin Garden



Yu Sakaguchimore

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(NOCOS)more

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 Kotakimore

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.

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