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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Chichu Art Museum

This museum is built mostly underground so as not to damage the scenic beauty of Naoshima island. The museum contains artwork from artists such as Claude Monet,

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Naoshima

This island is famous for its beautiful natural landscapes, art installations and modern architecture, including a museum designed by Tadao Ando.

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Naoshima Bath "I♡Yu"

This public bath operated by the Naoshima Town Tourism Association is actually an art facility built by artist Shinro Otake. Visitors can enjoy the art while ta

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Morikuni Bakery

Just because this beautiful little bakery is tucked away from the general public, doesn't mean it's not guaranteed to give you a bang of flavor for your buck! Freshly baked every day, the Morikuni Bakery sells some of the crustiest bread loaves made with... sake?! Next time you're in town, we HIGHLY recommend you try some of the best sake-infuse sweet buns while sitting in their designer bakery.

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Kotohira-gu Shrine

This is one of the most famous power spots in Kagawa Prefecture. This shrine is famous for its long stairways with 785 steps, and it enshrines Omonomushi, as kn

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Ogijima Island

Ogijima is one of Japan's Cat Islands, so called because of the great number of cats who live on the island.

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Morikuni Sake Brewery (森國酒造)

Twirl your glass of some award-winning nihonshu– straight from the only brewery on Shodo-Island. Winning People's Choice of 2018, Morikuni Sake Brewery is at the top of its game!

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Morikuni Bakery

Just because this beautiful little bakery is tucked away from the general public, doesn't mean it's not guaranteed to give you a bang of flavor for your buck! Freshly baked every day, the Morikuni Bakery sells some of the crustiest bread loaves made with... sake?! Next time you're in town, we HIGHLY recommend you try some of the best sake-infuse sweet buns while sitting in their designer bakery.

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Twenty Four Eyes Movie Studio

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

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)

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

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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Guesthouse MI CASA SU CASA

Situated in Zentsuji, 27 km from Takamatsu, Guesthouse MI CASA SU CASA boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking

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Hotel Bokaiso

Hotel Bokaiso is a 25-minute drive from Takamatsu Station. Guests can enjoy the sunset and city views at night from the summit of Mount Yashima, a 12-minute dri

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Hotel Second Stage

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Hotel Second Stage offers accommodation in Takamatsu. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this hotel

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Kinco. hostel+cafe Takamatsu, Setouchi

Located in Takamatsu, 1.7 km from Takamatsu castle, Kinco. Hostel+cafe Takamatsu, Setouchi boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property.

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Traditional Apartment

Traditional Apartment offers accommodation in Takamatsu. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room includes a shared bat

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Shin Kabakawa Kanko Hotel

Situated 20 km from Setonaikai Kokuritsukōen in Takamatsu, Shin Kabakawa Kanko Hotel features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on

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