Kagawa Prefecture is located on the island of Shikoku, which fits like a puzzle piece between the islands of Honshu and Kyushu. It is the smallest prefecture by area in Japan but has a varied landscape that makes a transition from the interior Sanuki Mountains to a constellation of islands in the Seto Inland Sea. The prefecture is also home to many of the temples on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage.
The capital of Kagawa Prefecture is Takamatsu, a city that is considered the commercial center of all of Shikoku. Refreshing sea breezes wisp down the city’s tree-lined boulevards. The shops and office buildings give off an urban vibe that can be felt as soon as you step out of Takamatsu Station.
Marugame City is the second largest of the prefecture and is home to the site of Marugame Castle. The city offers attractions such as New Reoma World Amusement Park, Nakazu-Bansho-En Garden and the inspiring Marugame Genichiro Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA).
Shodoshima is the largest of Kagawa’s islands and is where the olive tree, one of the symbols of the prefecture, is plentiful. There are a number of olive- based products made on the island: chocolate, biscuits, ice cream, oil and soda, to name a few. The island is a major producer of soy sauce as well.
Naoshima is a small island of Kagawa that has been making a big splash in the art world. It is becoming known for its museums and avant-garde art installations. The art movement on Naoshima has served as a model for revitalization via art throughout Japan.
Kagawa’s passion for udon (thick wheat noodles) has given birth to an industry that supports an estimated 700 shops around the prefecture. The lines in front of the most popular shops seem endless.
Art, food, temples, castles, gardens and much more await you in Kagawa Prefecture.