Takamatsu Travel Guide

  • Yashima Temple
    Yashima Temple
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    Kagawa Prefectural Museum
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Takamatsu Things to Do

  • Kagawa Prefectural Museum

    The Kagawa Prefectural Museum was built to showcase the rich history of Kagawa Prefecture. The museum starts with a few exhibits of prehistoric objects, such as part of a wooly mammoth tusk. It then moves on to an attractive exhibit of the ancient dwellings and wildlife.Other artifacts, such as the stone pagoda, are placed nicely in other parts of...

  • Sunport Tower

    Sunport Tower is located just outside Takamatsu Station. Inside there are some good souvenir shops for those who want to buy last minute souvenirs before leaving Shikoku. The souvenirs are from all over the island, not just Takamatsu/Kagawa.The tower itself is not very attractive, but you can go up for free to see the view of the harbor from the...

  • The Ruins of Takamatsu Castle

    The ruins of Takamatsu Castle are what form Tamamo Park. The original castle was built in 1590 by Ikoma Chikamasa. This castle is famous in Japan for being one of the few coastal castles in the country. Although the castle itself no longer remains, there are two turrets (Tsukimi-yagura and Ushitora-yagura) remaining. The Tsukimi-yagura...

  • Yashima Island

    Yashima Island is famous for two things: Yashima Temple and the Battle of Yashima during the Genpei Wars.Yashima Temple was built during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) and is number 84 of Shikoku's famous 88 temples (the numbers are not rankings, they mark the order in which they are to be visited on the pilgrimage, although visiting them in...

  • Ritsurin Garden

    Ritsurin Garden is one of the largest gardens in Japan, and it is also one of the most beautiful!The original garden was constructed by the Lord of the Sanuki (the rulers of northern Shikoku at the time) during the 16th century, but changes were made and features were added over the years. The layout of the current garden dates back to 1745 when...

  • Yoshitsune's Pine Tree

    Near Yashima Station there is a small area with a pine tree beside a small shrine. The pine tree is famous, because it is believed to be the spot where Yoshitsune, the leader of the Minamoto clan during the Genpei War, rested prior to the Battle at Yashima. It is said that he rested at this location and placed his saddle on the pine tree.It is a...


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  • Golden Time Takamatsu

    Golden Time Takamatsu is a Sauna and Capsule Hotel located in the shopping arcade. There is an...

  • ANA Hotel Clement Takamatsu

    1-1 Hamano-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, 760-0011, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Dormy Inn Takamatsu

    1-10-10 Kawara-machi, Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, 760-0052, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Takamatsu Restaurants

  • Sanuki Udon

    Sanuki udon is the local delicacy and it's definitely worth a try; it's delicious! There are restaurants all over, but for a convenient location, there is one in the Yashima area near Yashima temple and the Yashima Aquarium. It's on the street with the souvenir shops; the last building before reaching the overlook area.It's a nice restaurant, and...

  • BEER!

    There's an excellent value beer garden on top of the Temmaya department store, I spent a very happy five hours there ripping through enormous quantities of beer.Great place and excellent value at around 3500 yen for 4 hours.

  • Udon noodle shops

    Kagawa and Takamatsu are good places to sample Udon noodles. Not only are they cheap, but you can also fill up for not much.Sanuki (the old name for Kagawa) udon is famous throughout Japan, and you may even see the odd bus tour come into town with people coming solely to sample different varieties of udon.


Takamatsu Transportation

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    by Rabbityama Written Jan 29, 2009

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    Getting to Takamatsu is easy, because you can take the Marine Liner from Okayama on the mainland.

    The main attractions in Takamatsu can all be reached by train.
    Tamamo Park is just outside Takamatsu Station.
    Ritsurin Garden is located nearby Ritsurin Kitaguchi Station.
    Yashima can be accessed by going to Yashima Station. To go to Yashima Temple, from Yashima Station take the bus from the station.

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Takamatsu Favorites

  • Takamatsu-jo

    Takamatsu-jo or Takamatsu Castle was originally built in 1588. It was occupied by the Matsudaira Clan until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Only parts of the castle, such as turrets, walls, moats, remain. Parts of the castle and its grounds are being restored.The grounds of Takamatsu-jo are now a park which you can wander around for a small entry...

  • Hanami - Cherry Blossom Viewing.

    Ritsurin-koen is a popular spot for hanami - or cherry blossom viewing. This is a very popular Japanese pastime in the spring when crowds of people spread out their pale blue mats beneath the cherry trees and enjoy having picnics while pale pink cherry blossom petals snow down on their heads.

  • Ritsurin-koen

    The entrance of Ritsurin-koen is about a three minute walk away from Ritsurin-koen Kitaguchi Station. Ritsurin-koen is open from dawn to dusk. Ritsurin-koen was first laid out as gardens in the seventeenth century. These gardens were originally attached to a villa built by the Matsudaira lords. This villa has long since been destroyed, but the...


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