Known as the symbol of Marugame City and popularly called, “Sanuki Fuji,” Mt. Iino is best viewed from Marugame Castle. From this perspective, the mountain/dormant volcano and the city that surrounds create the visage of the quintessential Japanese landscape that blends the natural world with the urban.
A near perfect cone, Mt. Iino is a hiker’s mountain that is a manageable 422 meters high. You have a choice of three approaches to the summit, two from the Marugame side and one from the Sakaide side.
There is a bus that will take you to the Marugame side climbing routes from Marugame Station but the alternative hour walk might be a better warm-up for the trip to the top of the mountain.
According to locals, the middle of April and the end of August are the times of the year to witness the most spectacular sunsets over the mountain. Photographers come from far and wide to capture these moments on camera.
Regarding accommodation, there are a number of high-quality hotels and pensions to choose from around Marugame Station, which would give you plenty of time to take in the sights in the city center and spend the day on Mt. Iino
Take advantage of the agriculture prowess of the region surrounding the mountain and try some of the local produce and by all means, have a bowl of udon noodles.
Access: Take the Marine Liner from JR Okayama Station to JR Marugame Station. Take the Marugame City Community bus from JR Marugame Station bound for Mt. Iino to the Tozan-guchi bus stop.
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.
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