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.

Top attractions in Takamatsu

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Town/Neighborhood

Ogijima Island

Small island with a lighthouse and lovely village.
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Food and Drink

Sanuki Udon

Most famous dish of Takamatsu.
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Museum

Shikoku Mura

Open air museum about Shikoku architecture.
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Town/Neighborhood

Megijima Island

Also known as the Ogre Island from Momotaro.
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Nature

Yashima

Flat topped mountain with various sights.
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Castle

Takamatsu Castle

Ruins of one of Japan's few seaside castles.
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Shopping

Shopping Arcades

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

Sunport Takamatsu

Redeveloped district around Takamatsu Station.
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Side Trips from Takamatsu
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Contemporary Art

Teshima Island

Another island with intriguing contemporary art.
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Kotohira

Site of Shikoku's most popular shrine.
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Shodoshima

Island in the Seto Inland Sea know for olives.
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Marugame

Port city in Kagawa, known for its castle.
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Access and Orientation