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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 Chicken in Marugame

Ikkaku

Honetsuki-dori (spicy grilled chicken on the bone) is a Marugame specialty – try it at Ikkaku, a very popular local restaurant that has expanded its operations, taking Marugame's delicious dish as far as Osaka and Y…
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. You can learn how to make a paper fan in 50 minutes for ¥700. The museu…
Museum in Marugame

Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum

Set on the waterfront of the Inland Sea with a sweeping view of Seto-ōhashi, this museum showcases the works of landscape painter Higashiyama Kaii (1908–99). It was Higashiyama who proposed the colour for the Seto B…
Museum in Marugame

Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art

Right outside the station is Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, showcasing the two- and three-dimensional work of its eponymous artist, as well as rotating exhibitions.