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Takamatsu 
# 44   of 175 destinations
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Takamatsu is the capital of Kagawa, Japan's smallest prefecture. The city's port used to be the main entry point to Shikoku Island until the opening of the Seto Ohashi Bridge in 1988.

The Matsudaira Clan, relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun, controlled Takamatsu's former castle town and surrounding area, then known as the Sanuki Province, during most of the Edo Period. The ruling clan is also responsible for the construction of Ritsurin Koen, one of Japan's most beautiful gardens.

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Attractions
Central Takamatsu
 1  Ritsurin Koen
Outstanding Japanese style landscape garden.
User rating: 90/100 (137 votes)
Visited by: 243 users
 2  Ogijima Island
Small island with a lighthouse and lovely village.
User rating: 97/100 (7 votes)
Visited by: 19 users
 3  Shikoku Mura
Open air museum about Shikoku architecture.
User rating: 77/100 (36 votes)
Visited by: 65 users
 4  Megijima Island
Also known as the Ogre Island from Momotaro.
User rating: 76/100 (15 votes)
Visited by: 27 users
 5  Noguchi Museum
On Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 14 users
 6  Yashima
Flat topped mountain with various sights.
User rating: 75/100 (47 votes)
Visited by: 92 users
 7  Takamatsu Castle
Ruins of one of Japan's few seaside castles.
User rating: 61/100 (77 votes)
Visited by: 166 users
 8  Sunport Takamatsu
Redeveloped district around Takamatsu Station.
User rating: 59/100 (63 votes)
Visited by: 114 users
 9  Shopping Arcades
Claimed to be Japan's longest shopping arcades.
User rating: 59/100 (77 votes)
Visited by: 160 users
Local Specialties
 1  Sanuki Udon
Most famous dish of Takamatsu.
User rating: 85/100 (107 votes)
Visited by: 230 users
  
Special Interest Guides
  Takamatsu Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Takamatsu.
Side Trips from Takamatsu
 1  Naoshima
Small island with a lot of modern art.
User rating: 87/100 (80 votes)
Visited by: 158 users
 2  Kotohira
Site of Shikoku's most popular shrine.
User rating: 78/100 (109 votes)
Visited by: 267 users
 3  Teshima Island
Another island with intriguing contemporary art.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 12 users
 4  Shodoshima
Island in the Seto Inland Sea know for olives.
User rating: 77/100 (54 votes)
Visited by: 127 users
 5  Marugame
Port city in Kagawa, known for its castle.
User rating: 72/100 (13 votes)
Visited by: 41 users
 

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News and Reports
April 3, 2013
Takamatsu Cherry Blossom Report
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April 11, 2011
Takamatsu Cherry Blossom Report
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