Marugame Castle Festival

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Marugame City

The fact that the first Marugame Castle Festival was held in 1969 is enough to tell you that it has a long history behind it and that the people who initially put it together created something that has lasted for generations.

Although aptly called a castle festival, this even envelopes nearly all of central Marugame City. The food stalls, parades and activities pour out from the castle grounds and onto the surrounding streets.

For two days during the Golden Week holiday that runs from the end of April to the beginning of May, a carnival-like atmosphere takes over the grounds of Marugame Castle. There are stage performances by musicians, comedians and dancers as well as a number of rides that both children and adults will enjoy.

The festival’s namesake, Marugame Castle, which is actually a ruin with only one remaining watchtower and two impressive gates, regally overlooks the entire event from high up on its hilltop. If you have never been to the castle ruins, take the time to hike up to the plateau around the tower. The 360-degree view of the city is breathtaking.

Drums, dancing and festival food. Experience Marugame City’s biggest festival of the year.

Access: Take the Shiokaze from JR Okayama Station to JR Marugame Station. Marugame Castle is a 15-20 minute walk from JR Marugame Station.

About the Area

Kagawa Prefecture is often referred to as the gateway to Shikoku because it hosts one of the footholds of the Seto Ohashi Bridge in Sakaide City. The bridge, which is the longest in the world to carry both passenger cars and trains, stretches across the Seto Inland Sea like a dragon in flight before touching down in Shikoku.

The capital of the prefecture and the largest city in all of Shikoku is lovely seaside Takamatsu City. It is a castle town which is famous for its port area and long shopping arcade.

Marugame City, like neighboring Takamatsu City is a renowned for its castle. However, as Marugame Castle rests at a high elevation, it commands an impressive view of the region. From the castle, there are panoramas of the cityscape, Mt. Iino (Sanuki Fuji) and the Seto Inland Sea.

Kagawa Prefecture is a champion of the arts and plays a large role in the Setouchi Triennale Art Festival, which as its name suggests, takes place every three years. There are art installations and museums throughout the prefecture.

The beating heart of the art scene in Kagawa is on several of its islands, namely, Shodoshima and Naoshima. There you will find an intriguing world dedicated to beauty and creativity.

Cancellation Policy

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