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Yashima (屋島, lit. "roof island") is a flat-topped mountain just outside of Takamatsu's city center. It was the site of a famous battle during the Gempei War in the 12th century between the Taira and Minamoto clans. Here the Taira were defeated in what was to be the last battle before their final destruction.

Around the flat summit are some attractions related to the former battleground, including a monument to the Battle of Yashima and Chinoike ("blood pond"), a pond which is said to have turned red with blood after the victorious Minamoto washed their swords in it.

Yashima offers great views of Takamatsu and of the Seto Inland Sea. Near the many viewpoints around the mountaintop are shops where you can buy small clay discs, which are thrown off the mountain for luck. This is meant to symbolize the victorious Minamoto warriors throwing off their headpieces after defeating the Taira.

Near the summit's parking area is Yashima Temple, the 84th of the 88 temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. In addition to a number of buildings, each seemingly of a different era, the temple also has a modern museum which displays artifacts from Yashima's history.

About a five minute walk from Yashima Temple is the aging New Yashima Aquarium, which features dolphin and seal shows. At the base of Yashima lies Shikoku Mura, an open air museum exhibiting traditional houses, bridges and other structures from all over Shikoku.

Getting there and around

The attractions on Yashima are located within walking distance of each other around the mountain's flat summit. Yashima can be reached from central Takamatsu by Kotoden or JR trains. There used to be a cable car up the mountain, but it was discontinued in 2004.

By Kotoden

Take a train from Takamatsu-Chikko Station to Kawaramachi Station (5 minutes, frequent departures) and transfer to the Shido Line. Get off at Kotoden Yashima Station (15 minutes, 3 trains/hour). The entire trip takes about 30 minutes and costs 330 yen. From the station, the Yashima Sanjo Shuttle bus runs once per hour to the summit (10 minutes, 100 yen).

By Japan Railways

Take a local train from JR Takamatsu Station in the direction of Tokushima to Yashima Station (15 minutes, 220 yen, 1-2 trains/hour). From the station the Yashima Sanjo Shuttle bus runs once per hour to the summit (20 minutes, 100 yen).

By rental car

A former toll road, the Yashima Driveway, leads to the top of Yashima. It is now free of charge to use and is open from 6:30 to 22:00, but parking costs 300 yen.

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      Guest House Wakabaya is situated in Takamatsu, a 5-minute walk away from Hanazono Station of the Kotoden Nagao Line. The Kotoden Nagao Line can be accessed from Takamatsu-Chikko Station. Takamatsu-Chikko Station is a 3-minute walk from both JR Takamatsu Station and Takamatsu Port. A limousine bus is available from Takamatsu Airport, and takes approximately 40-minutes from the airport to Kawaramachi Station. From Kawaramachi Station, guests can take the Kotoden Line to Hanazono Station. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms include a shared bathroom. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. Guest House Wakabaya features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared kitchen at the property. The guest house also offers bike hire at a charge. Takamatsu Port and the downtown area are respectively a 25-minute and 10-minute bike ride away.
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    • THE CHELSEA BREATH
      Mid-range
      Set in Takamatsu, 12 km from Sunport Takamatsu, THE CHELSEA BREATH offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. The air-conditioned rooms provide a garden view and come with a desk and free WiFi. At the hotel, every room has a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at THE CHELSEA BREATH can enjoy a Japanese breakfast. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Liminal Air-core Takamatsu is 12 km from THE CHELSEA BREATH, while Sunport Fountain is 12 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 5 km from the hotel.
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    • Ten to Sen Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Ten to Sen Guesthouse features air-conditioned guest accommodation in Takamatsu, 2 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, 1.8 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine and 2.1 km from Sunport Fountain. Featuring a shared kitchen, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. Cormorant Shrine is 7.1 km away and Yakurishion Christ Church is 7.8 km from the guest house. Featuring a shared bathroom with slippers, units at the guest house also have free WiFi, while some rooms come with a balcony. At the guest house, the units come with bed linen and towels. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum is 3.2 km from the guest house, while Asahi Green Park is 4.7 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from Ten to Sen Guesthouse.
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    • Setonejuan
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in a quiet neighbourhood, Setonejuan is located in Setonaikai Kokuritsuk?en. This guest house is a 35-minute drive from Takamatsu Station. Takamatsu castle is 35 minutes by car, while Takamatsu Ferry Terminal is a 40-minute drive away. Featuring free WiFi, Setonejuan offers pet-friendly accommodation. Some units have views of the sea or garden. You will find a shared lounge at the property. A selection of activities are offered in the area, such as cycling, fishing and hiking. The guest house also offers free use of bicycles. Naoshima Ferry Terminal is a 90-minute ferry ride away, while Shodoshima Olive Park is 2 hours via ferry. Takamatsu Airport is 22 km away.
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    • FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU
      Luxury
      Located 1.3 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine, FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU offers 4-star accommodation in Takamatsu and features a terrace. The property is set 2.3 km from Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum, 2.4 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and 2.4 km from Sunport Fountain. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU each room includes bed linen and towels. Asahi Green Park is 3.8 km from the accommodation, while Cormorant Shrine is 6.2 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU.
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    • Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Offering garden views, Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse is an accommodation situated in Takamatsu, 1.4 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine and 2.4 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu. Among the facilities at this property are luggage storage space and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The guest house has family rooms. All units are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. There is also a well-fitted kitchen in some of the units equipped with a toaster, a stovetop, and kitchenware. At the guest house, units include bed linen and towels. There is a coffee shop and bar. Guests can keep up their exercise routines during yoga and fitness classes. If you would like to discover the area, cycling is possible in the surroundings and the guest house can arrange a car rental service. Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum is 2.4 km from Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse, while Sunport Fountain is 2.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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    • Sunny Day Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Sunny Day Hostel is set in Takamatsu, within 3.4 km of Asahi Green Park and 5.8 km of Cormorant Shrine. With a bar, the 2-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is situated 600 metres from Kitahamaebisu Shrine. The rooms will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. The hostel offers a sun terrace. Popular points of interest near Sunny Day Hostel include Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, Sunport Fountain and Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • Royal Park Hotel Takamatsu
      Luxury
      Offering modern rooms with a Simmons bed, a flat-screen satellite TV and free wired internet, Royal Park Hotel is a 5-minute drive from JR Takamatsu Train Station. Massages and bicycles are available. Each air-conditioned room at Royal Park Hotel Takamatsu includes a fridge and an electric kettle with roasted green tea. You can watch pay TV programmes or unwind with a hot bath. Toiletries are provided. Tamamo Park is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Ritsurin Park is 1.5 km away, and Takamatsu Airport is about a 30-minute drive. There is the 24-hour front desk, which offers luggage storage. Free-use internet stations are on site. Staying guests have access to the property's Club Lounge. Services include tea and some snacks between 15:00 - 18:00,alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and some snacks between 18:00 - 20:00, and from 20:00 - 22:00, the lounge will operate as a bar, serving alcoholic beverages and some snacks.
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    • Konyamachi Guest House Kuku
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      Konyamachi Guest House Kuku is set in Takamatsu, 1.3 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine, 1.3 km from Sunport Fountain, and 2.4 km from Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum. It is located 1.3 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and provides free WiFi plus private check-in and check-out. The guest house features family rooms. The units are equipped with air conditioning, a microwave, a toaster, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. There is also a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen equipped with a fridge, a stovetop, and kitchenware. All units include a private bathroom, a hair dryer and bed linen. Asahi Green Park is 4 km from the guest house, while Cormorant Shrine is 6.4 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 17 km from Konyamachi Guest House Kuku.
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    • Hotel Yuzuki
      Budget-friendly
      Offering city views, Hotel Yuzuki is an accommodation set in Takamatsu, 1.3 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine and 2 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu. This 1-star apartment offers a lift, private check-in and check-out and free WiFi. The apartment has family rooms. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hair dryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. At the apartment complex, units come with bed linen and towels. Sunport Fountain is 2.1 km from the apartment, while Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum is 2.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from Hotel Yuzuki.
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