Marugame City

A historic castle town

Brief Introduction

Located on the western side of the prefecture, Marugame City is the second largest municipality in Kagawa. If you are interested in culture, history and fun, the city can provide all the experiences that you could want.

Mt. Iino, which stands like the sentinel of the city, is sometimes referred to as “Sanuki Fuji” because of its resemblance to the highest mountain in Japan. At 422 meters in height, it is a popular choice for hikers.

Marugame Castle is one of the twelve remaining wooden castles in Japan, as many around the country are actually concrete reconstructions. Though they are all beautiful, there is a different presence to the original structures.

Located in Kameyama Park, the castle is the site of the annual Marugame Castle Festival. For two days during the first week of May, thousands  of participants parade down the boulevard that runs next to the historic landmark, dressed in fabulous costumes and engaged in flamboyant dance routines.

Also in spring, the castle Cherry Blossom Festival is a popular place for viewing the blooming flowers. Another spring event is the Peach Blossom Festival, which takes place at Hanzan Athletic Park.

In fact, there are events around Marugame Castle throughout the year so if you happen to be in town, check for the specific dates because they change slightly from year to year.

The Shiwaku Islands are known as not only being part of the timeless seascape of the Seto Inland Sea but as an ideal place from which to view it. The main island, Honjima, is great for exploring and you are sure to find the best vantage point for the perfect sunset.

Access: Take the Seto Ohashi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Utatzu Station. Transfer to the Yosan Line. Take the Yosan Line to JR Marugame Station (1500 JPY).