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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 an important 12th century battle during the Gempei War 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 mountain's history as a 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 farmhouses, storehouses, bridges, and other structures from all over Shikoku Island.

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 serving the mountain, however, 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 or 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. Parking costs 300 yen.

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    • FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU
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      Located within 1.3 km of Kitahamaebisu Shrine and 2.3 km of Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum, FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU provides rooms in Takamatsu. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. 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 microwave, a fridge, 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. Liminal Air-core Takamatsu is 2.4 km from the accommodation, while Sunport Fountain is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU.
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    • Ten to Sen Guesthouse
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      Featuring a terrace, Ten to Sen Guesthouse is set in Takamatsu in the Kagawa region, 2 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and 1.8 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Attractions in the area include Asahi Green Park, 4.7 km away, or Oni no Yakata, located 6.4 km from the property. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, and certain units at the guest house have a balcony. The units feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Sunport Fountain is 2.1 km from Ten to Sen Guesthouse, while Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum is 3.2 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
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    • Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse
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      Situated in Takamatsu, 1.4 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine, Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse features air-conditioned accommodation and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a concierge service and a tour desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The guest house has family rooms. Selected rooms also boast a kitchen with a fridge, a minibar and a stovetop. All rooms will provide guests with a microwave. The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at the guest house. Liminal Air-core Takamatsu is 2.4 km from Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse, while Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum is 2.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Yuzuki
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    • Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring
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      Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring is situated in Takamatsu, within 3 km of Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum and 4.5 km of Asahi Green Park. With a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All rooms in Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring are fitted with a flat-screen TV and slippers. Languages spoken at the 24-hour front desk include English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, Kitahamaebisu Shrine and Sunport Fountain. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 15 km from Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring.
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    • Royal Park Hotel Takamatsu
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      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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    • Comfort Hotel Takamatsu
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      Situated in Takamatsu, 2.1 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, Comfort Hotel Takamatsu features accommodation with free bikes and private parking. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Comfort Hotel Takamatsu the rooms come with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast. Kitahamaebisu Shrine is 2 km from Comfort Hotel Takamatsu, while Sunport Fountain is 2.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 15 km from the hotel.
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