Top things to do

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Zentsū-ji


If you only have time for one temple, then make it Zentsū-ji, number 75 of the 88 Temples and the place where Kōbō Daishi was born. The temple boasts a truly magnificent five-storey pagoda and giant camphor trees th…
Top Choice Theatre in Kotohira


Japan's oldest kabuki playhouse, though it had a lengthy stint as a cinema before falling out of use. The restorations are superb; wander backstage and see the revolving-stage mechanism, basement trapdoors and a tun…
Top Choice Park in Takamatsu


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 daimyō's enjoyment, the park winds around a ser…
Top Choice Bar in Takamatsu

King's Yawd

The chilled-out, dreadlocked Sato-san holds court over a diverse crew that hangs out at this Jamaican bar. She slings authentic Jamaican food (think jerk chicken and ackee), while her staff pour generous cocktails, …
Top Choice Museum in Yashima


About 500m north of the 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 Shōdo…
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Kotohira


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 …
Castle in Marugame


This castle dates from 1597, and is one of only 12 castles in Japan to have its original wooden donjon intact.
Museum in Marugame

Uchiwa-no-Minato Museum

This museum has displays and demonstrations on how uchiwa (round paper fans) are made. Around 90% of Japan's uchiwa are still made in Marugame. It's a 15-minute walk from the station, near the harbour.
Buddhist Temple in Zentsū-ji


In the basement of Mie-dō, visitors can traverse a 100m-long passageway (戒壇めぐり) in pitch darkness: by moving carefully along with your hand pressed to the wall (painted with mandalas, angels and lotus flowers), you …
Buddhist Temple in Zentsū-ji


Temple 73 on the 88-temple circuit.