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Introducing Kagawa Prefecture

Formerly known as Sanuki, Kagawa Prefecture (香川県) is the smallest of Shikoku's four regions, and the second smallest of the country's 47 prefectures. It has plenty to offer, including the site of a celebrated shrine of Kompira-san at Kotohira, reached via a stirring stair climb, and the handsome port city of Takamatsu with its world-renowned Japanese garden.

The region's hospitable weather and welcoming people have always been a comfort to pilgrims as they come to the end of their journey. Today, it's an important point of arrival, too, since the only rail link with Honshū is via the Seto-ōhashi bridge to Okayama. Equally importantly, it's a short ferry ride to the remarkable Inland Sea island of Naoshima.