Top things to do in Kagawa Prefecture

Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Kotohira

Konpira-san

Konpira-san or, more formally, Kotohira-gū, was originally a Buddhist and Shintō temple dedicated to the guardian of mariners. It became exclusively a Shintō shrine after the Meiji Restoration.A lot of fuss is made …
Top Choice Park in Takamatsu

Ritsurin-kōen

One of the most beautiful gardens in the country, Ritsurin-kōen dates from the mid-1600s and took more than a century to complete. Designed as a walking garden for the enjoyment of the daimyō (regional lord), the pa…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Zentsuji

Temple 75: Zentsū-ji

Zentsū-ji, number 75 of the sacred 88, is the largest of the temples – most of the other 87 could fit in its car park. This is where Kōbō Daishi was born, and the temple boasts a magnificent five-storey pagoda and g…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kanonji

Temple 66: Unpen-ji

Unpen-ji, aptly meaning 'Temple of the Surrounding Clouds', is the highest of the 88 Temples at 900m. Surprisingly, it actually sits in Tokushima Prefecture, although it's more or less right on the Kagawa Prefecture…
Top Choice Museum in Yashima

Shikoku-mura

About 500m north of Yashima station, Shikoku-mura is an excellent village museum that houses old buildings transported here from all over Shikoku and neighbouring islands. The village's fine kabuki stage came from S…
Top Choice Castle in Marugame

Marugame-jō

This small castle dates from 1597. It took five years to build and is one of only 12 castles in Japan to have its original wooden donjon (keep) intact. It's known for its exquisite stone walls, moat and 1000 cherry …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kagawa Prefecture

Temple 88: Ōkubo-ji

The last of the Shikoku pilgrimage's 88 Temples sits in the mountains in the southeast of Kagawa Prefecture and is well worth a visit. It's fitting that walking henro should face a stiff climb to get to the final te…
Top Choice Izakaya in Takamatsu

Ofukuro

This fabulous washofu (local eating house) in the heart of the entertainment district offers a well-priced and hearty dining experience. A number of delicious, pre-prepared vegetarian and fish dishes sit on the coun…
Top Choice Bar in Takamatsu

Grandfather's

The scene here is so smooth you'll fall off your seat as the bookish owner plays vintage '60s, '70s and '80s funk and soul from his enormous collection of over 7000 records and CDs. This cool, dark, downstairs place…
Top Choice Izakaya in Takamatsu

Kawanishi Broiler

A top spot for beer, yakitori and just about anything featuring chicken. Relax inside at the counter or tables and enjoy the mayhem as locals come and go, or sit out at one of the three tables in the arcade and watc…