Kagawa

About Kagawa

Kagawa Prefecture is one of the four prefectures of Shikoku Island. It is currently the smallest prefecture in Japan, and is settled on the Seto Inland Sea next to Ehime and Tokushima Prefecture. It was originally known as Sanuki Province, which is the origin of the nationally famous Sanuki Udon. It is also connected by the Great Seto bridge which connects Shikoku Island to the mainland. Kagawa itself is known for very good weather with relatively little rainfall, which means the possibility for great beach days on the Seto coast.

Kagawa is also home to many temples, part of the eighty-eight temple pilgrimage around Shikoku Island, and is home to the Zentsuji temple where famous Buddhist Kukai was born. Kukai would eventually be associated with the pilgrimage itself, as he was the monk who established Buddhism in Japan. If you travel around Kagawa and other prefectures in Shikoku, you may see pilgrims with distinctive hats walking from temple to temple.

If you love art, you may also be interested in Kagawa’s art museums. Chichu Art Museum is the most famous art museum in Kagawa. The building itself is very beautiful, especially if you can look from above. It focuses particularly on architectural art, as well as some paintings and physical artwork. They also have a creative café that serves olive-based food, one of Kagawa’s famous exports.

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Sights in Kagawa

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Twenty Four Eyes Movie Studio

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Based on the novel by Sakae Tsuboi published in 1952, the film "Twenty Four Eyes" directed by Keisuke Kinoshita was shot on Shodo Island in 1954. The film tells

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Shodo Island

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This island is located in the Seto Inland Sea and is comprised of two towns: Tonosho and Shodoshima. The name literally translates to "small beans island" as th

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Okajima (Takamatsu)

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Located not far from Takamatsu Station, this udon noodle restaurant is popular with locals. Visitors are asked to take a tray and order at the counter. Various

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Nakano Udon School

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This school offers classes on how to make udon noodles, a type of thick wheat-flour noodles commonly used in the Japanese cuisine. Kagawa Prefecture is well kno

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Zenigata Sunae

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This large piece of sand art is located on the Ariake Beach in Kotohiki Park. The park has been designated as one of Japan's national scenic spots, the beach as

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Akakabocha (Red Pumpkin)

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Located on the island of Naoshima, this is one of two installations by famous Japanese Pop artist Yayaoi Kusama. The island is home to many sculptures and insta

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Naoshima: the Japanese Island with a Difference

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Between the main island of Japan, Honshu and the smaller island of Shikoku some 27 islands dot the area known as the Seto Inland Sea. Of these islands, Naoshima

Hotels in Kagawa

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Season 1

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Featuring air conditioning, Season 1 offers accommodation in Kagawa. The accommodation boasts a hot tub. Naoshima Ferry Terminal is 1.2 km away. Guests can enj

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Guest House Oomiyake

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Guest House Oomiyake is a 5-minute drive from the Miyaura-kou Ferry Terminal. Guests can enjoy traditional-style rooms in this historical 400 year old building,

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Yado Seven Beach

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Just a 3-minute walk from Miyanoura Port, Yado Seven Beach offers non-smoking Japanese rooms with free Wi-Fi and an LCD TV. It has a free-use internet station,

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APA Hotel Takamatsu Airport

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Boasting a hot public bath with 8th-floor views, massage services and a sauna, APA Hotel Takamatsu Airport is just 3 minutes from Takamatsu Airport on the free

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Tokushima


Tokushima prefecture is a mountainous area located on the island of Shikoku. It is home to the first 23 temples of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage starting with temple

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Kochi


Kochi, on Shikoku Island, is quite rural. In fact, 85% of the prefecture is covered in forests. This lush, green area is perfect for adventurers and is famous f

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Ehime


Ehime is home to Dogo Onsen, one of Japan's oldest hot springs with a history going back almost 1,000 years. In the loosely auto-biographical novel **Botchan**,