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Takamatsu is the capital of Kagawa Prefecture located on the island of Shikoku in Japan. Interestingly, the island of Shikoku was inaccessible by land until the completion of the Seto-Ohashi Bridge in the late 1980s. This means that the island still retains much of its original culture and traditions. Even today, Takamatsu is seldom frequented by foreigners – this makes it an excellent place to spend a relaxing vacation.
The city can be accessed by both train and plane. If coming by air, the closest airport is the Takamatsu Airport (TAK), which provides connections between Takamatsu and major cities in Japan, as well as international cities like Shanghai, Seoul, and Hong Kong. Additionally, Takamatsu is connected to other cities in Shikoku as well as Kyushu via the JR Shikoku line.
Takamatsu is most known for its castle, which was built in 1590. One of the few water castles in Japan, the moat that surrounds Takamatsu Castle is filled with seawater. Today, the site of the castle can be viewed by visitors. This particular attraction exudes Japanese culture and shouldn’t be missed.
Visitors to Takamatsu can’t miss the New Yashima Aquarium and the Tamura Shrine. The city is also home to several attractions with a strong connection to nature, such as Ritsurin Park, which is also one of Japan’s famous classical gardens. Within the park, you can enjoy a cup of tea and check out the variety of local crafts that are on sale. The garden dates back centuries ago, to the feudal era. The garden is quite large and can take hours to explore completely.
Many attractions can be found a short distance from Takamatsu’s city center as well, including the Kagawa Museum, Sanuki Kid’s Kingdom, and Takamatsu Historical Museum. Hotels are located all throughout Takamatsu, and whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, there’s sure to be something for every type of traveler.