Kagawa 香川

Takamatsu City

Located on the island of Shikoku, Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture of Japan. Kagawa is well known for its udon noodles, which are named after the prefecture's old name Sanuki. Prefectural capital is Takamatsu with a population of about 419,400 people.

Things to see in Kagawa

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Kagawa.

  1. Naoshima Island

    Naoshima Island in Kagawa Prefecture

    Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea that is known for its modern art museums, architecture and sculptures. Part of Kagawa Prefecture, the island with its Mediterranean atmosphere, sandy beaches and sunny weather, combined with a laid back, rural feel is a relaxing getaway from Japan's large urban areas such as Tokyo and Osaka.

    Naoshima Art Island in Kagawa

    How to get there

    Multiple ferries per day operate between Takamatsu's ferry terminal (located next to Takamatsu Station) and Miyanoura Port in Naoshima. The one way trip takes about one hour. Some of the ferries are high speed ferries that take only 25 minutes but are more expensive.

  2. Ritsurin Koen

    Ritsurin Koen Park in Kagawa Prefecture

    Ritsurin Koen is a landscape garden in Takamatsu City, built by the local feudal lords during the early Edo Period. Considered one of the best gardens in Japan, it is often suggested that Ritsurin Koen deserves a spot on the list of the "three most beautiful gardens of Japan" alongside Kanazawa's Kenrokuen, Mito's Kairakuen, and Okayama's Korakuen. The spacious park features many ponds, hills, historic trees and beautiful pavilions divided into a Japanese style garden in the south and western style garden in the north. The gardens are set in front of wooded Mt. Shiun which serves as a wonderful background and great example of borrowed scenery.

    pond at Ritsurin Koen in Kagawa Prefecture

    How to get there

    Ritsurin Koen is about two kilometers south of JR Takamatsu Station and Takamatsu Castle. The Shopping Arcades run nearly the entire way from there to the garden.