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Kagawa

Art discoveries in Naoshima and more

About Kagawa

Things to do in Kagawa

Dining

Chocolat Chocolat Coffee

Chocolat Chocolat Coffee

Chocolat Chocolat is one of the best Japanese café restaurants that I have ever been to. Surprisingly, this gem is located not in the bustling city of Takamatsu but rather the smaller, countryside town of Shido in Sanuki City. The café ..

Milano no Okazuyasan

Milano no Okazuyasan

Milano no Okazuyasan is a phenomenal family restaurant, and I mean that both in that it is a great place for families to visit and it’s owned by a lovely family. Any possible thing that can be had at an Italian restaurant in Japan can be found ..

Take 5

Take 5

Take 5 is a fantastic burger bar in the heart of downtown Takamatsu. Very close to all of the city’s nightlife, this is a solid place to get a great meal on your night out in eastern Shikoku’s biggest city. The smart, modern design of the..

Places to stay

Domi-Kowloon Hostel on Naoshima

Domi-Kowloon Hostel on Naoshima

Not everyone staying overnight on the art island of Naoshima can afford to shell out big bucks to stay overnight at the swanky Benesse House Hotel. For those looking for a much pocket-friendly option, the Domi-Kowloon Hostel is a pretty good option f..

The Olivean Shodoshima Resort Hotel

The Olivean Shodoshima Resort Hotel

The Olivean Resort Hotel has all that you need for a relaxing, luxurious getaway. Nestled atop the foothills of the mountain range that spans the breadth of Shodo Island, the hotel grounds offer stunning views of green mountains, gentle coastline, an..

Benesse House Naoshima

Benesse House Naoshima

Wake up somewhere you did not even imagine in your dreams. Where olive groves face the Pacific Ocean and giant spotted and tiger striped pumpkins induce child-like giggles in adults and youngsters alike. For visitors from another planet, Benesse Hou..

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Sayonara Henro: Okuboji Temple 88

Sayonara Henro: Okuboji Temple 88

Okuboji has rather nondescript origins. Kobo Daishi only carved the image of the main deity, and enshrined it with his own walking stick. It is named Large Hollow Temple, because, well, there was once a large hole here. Okuboji Temple 88, however, is..

Highway To Heaven at Konpirasan

Highway To Heaven at Konpirasan

The highway to heaven is straight and narrow, or so I’m told - and steep. At Konpirasan, or the Kotohira Shrine, home of the heavenly guardian of the sea and all who use it, this highway makes a total of 1368 steps up the 521-meter-high Mount Z..

Breakfast in Naoshima

Breakfast in Naoshima

Naoshima does not look like typical Japan. There are no geishas, maid cafes or castles. Yet there is a sense of place. There are elements that are universal, from the sun bathed white beaches and the untouched forests and wooded peninsulas that touch..

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About kagawa

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo data-display="Kyoto" Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionShikoku
IslandShikoku
CapitalTakamatsu
Population995,842
Area1,876.73 sq. km

Kagawa is mainly known for two things: being the smallest prefecture in Japan and for its udon noodles.

In fact, Kagawa’s Sanuki udon is so famous that the prefecture’s tourism PR campaign has been named “Udon Prefecture.” But while you make sure to try out their satisfying Sanuki udon, there’s more to Kagawa than their somewhat self-deprecating tourism campaign name suggests. 23 of the Shikoku Pilgrimage’s 88 temples are within Kagawa’s borders, while the Marugame Castle is one of the oldest castles still standing.

Other notable tourist destinations include the historical garden of Ritsurin Park, and Kankakei, famous for its maple trees. And if you’re in Kagawa, definitely visit the island of Naoshima, renowned for its many art museums and exhibits surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes.

Things to Do in Kagawa
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