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Kagawa Prefecture


The area is the smallest in the country (1,876 square kilometers), and the flatlands and mountains are about halfway. It is connected to Okayama Prefecture by the Setoo Bridge across the Seto Inland Sea in the north, and borders Tokushima Prefecture in the east and south, and Ehime Prefecture in the west.
The length of the coastline is about 699km, and the sea surface is dotted with many islands, and the scenery is truly beautiful. The climate is mild and mild throughout the four seasons, and the climate of the Seto Inland Sea is blessed.


About 3 hours by Shinkansen and car from Kyoto to Takamatsu
About 3 hours by Shinkansen, ferry, or car from Kyoto to Naoshima

5 MUST-SEE spots

Azushima island

Known as the scenic “Olive Island,” Shodoshima has a rich food culture that has been nurtured by the island’s nature for a long time, such as soy sauce, tsukudani, and somen noodles, in addition to olives. In addition, there are many spectacular spots that will move your heart, such as the beautiful coastline unique to the island and “Kankakei”, one of Japan’s three major canyon beauty. If you eat a delicious meal while admiring the beautiful scenery, your mind and body will be reset and refreshed! Why don’t you go to Shodoshima, a healing paradise full of such healthy and beautiful charms?

Naoshima island

Naoshima, known as the island of art, is about an hour by ferry and about 30 minutes by high-speed boat from Takamatsu Port. There are three villages on the island: Miyanoura, where ferries arrive and depart, Honmura, which is based on the castle town of the Warring States period, and Tsumuura, a fishing port, where yellowtail and seaweed are cultivated. It has prospered as a key point of sea transportation since the Edo period, and the old townscape reminiscent of that time and contemporary art are in perfect harmony.

Marugame catsle

Marugame Castle, the symbol of Marugame, which has been built for more than 400 years, is one of the existing “Twelve wooden castle towers” nationwide. The stone walls piled up from the inner moat to the castle tower draw a characteristic and wonderful curve called “fan slope”. This white-walled three-story, three-story wooden castle tower is designated as a national important cultural property.


Address: 〒763-0025 Ichibancho, Marugame City, Kagawa Prefecture (inside the castle)
Phone number: 0877-22-0331 (Marugame City Tourism Association)
Business hours: Castle tower 9:00 to 16:30 (admission is until 16:00)
Oteichimon Gate: 10: 00-16: 00
Regular holiday: Castle tower-Open every day, Oteichimon-When it rains

  • If you would like to visit the Oteichi Gate, please contact the tourist information center in the castle.
    Price castle tower only
    Adults 200 yen, children (elementary and junior high school students) 100 yen
    Group (20 or more): 20% discount on the above amount per person
    Access About 15 minutes on foot from JR Marugame Station, about 15 minutes by car from Zentsuji IC / Sakaide IC

Ritsurin Garden

The area of the flat garden of Ritsurin Garden is about 16.2 hectares, which is equivalent to 3.5 Tokyo Domes. This alone is one of the largest gardens in the daimyo garden, but the area including Mt. Shiun, which is the background, covers about 75 hectares, which is equivalent to 16 Tokyo Domes and is one of the gardens designated as a cultural property in Japan. We are proud of the size of one.
The daimyo garden, which was built so that you can take a walk around the pond by expressing mountains and valleys with undulating terrain around a large pond, is the biggest attraction to enjoy various scenery while going around the large garden. Ritsurin Garden, which has 6 ponds and 13 artificial hills on a vast site, is divided into a south garden with an excellent ground split stone structure as a daimyo garden in the early Edo period, and a north garden developed as a modern park after the Meiji era. Please enjoy each of the various scenery.

Kotohiragu Shrine

The god of the sea, who has been known as “Sanuki no Konpira-san” for a long time. Many souvenir and udon shops line up on both sides of the approach to the main gate, and the 785-step prologue to the main shrine begins happily. It is full of historical and cultural attractions such as the shrine and other buildings and works of art. In addition, cultural assets such as the former Konpira Grand Theater (Kanamaruza) and high lanterns are scattered around the area, and the entire town is full of emotion, such as the townscape that makes you feel the Showa retro style.