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Takamatsu (高松) 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.

Top attractions in Takamatsu

Town/Neighborhood

Ogijima Island

Small island with a lighthouse and lovely village.
4.3 / 5
31
Food and Drink

Sanuki Udon

Most famous dish of Takamatsu.
4.0 / 5
315
Museum

Shikoku Mura

Open air museum about Shikoku architecture.
3.6 / 5
78
Town/Neighborhood

Megijima Island

Also known as the Ogre Island from Momotaro.
3.6 / 5
46
Nature

Yashima

Flat topped mountain with various sights.
3.5 / 5
112
Shopping

Shopping Arcades

Claimed to be Japan's longest shopping arcades.
2.6 / 5
213
Town/Neighborhood

Sunport Takamatsu

Redeveloped district around Takamatsu Station.
2.5 / 5
144
Side Trips from Takamatsu
Contemporary Art

Teshima Island

Another island with intriguing contemporary art.
4.5 / 5
26

Kotohira

Site of Shikoku's most popular shrine.
3.6 / 5
338

Shodoshima

Island in the Seto Inland Sea know for olives.
3.6 / 5
186

Marugame

Port city in Kagawa, known for its castle.
3.3 / 5
104

Access and Orientation

Page last updated: June 5, 2017