Spend a day in olden Shikoku times

Shikoku-mura Village

takamatsu city, kagawa prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photo source | Shikoku mura Facebook Page


This village is a collection of traditional Japanese-style homesteads, warehouses, and more from different periods of Japanese history. Designed to represent the spirit of the average day of Shikoku from days long gone, visitors can have an interactive experience with the past. All the structures are authentic and have been moved to the current location for preservation.

Often described as an open-air museum, you will find restored buildings from varying parts of Shikoku at this site at the base of Mt. Yashima. Founded in the 1970s, the the village features buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Taisho eras.

One of the more recent additions to the complex is the Shikoku Village Gallery, which was designed by world renowned architect Tadao Ando. As with most of his structures, the museum has an intensely spiritual feel where the object of worship seems to be the brilliant light that pours into it.

Inside the gallery you will find works by the European impressionist masters as well as a varied collection of ancient pieces from cultures throughout Asia.


For meals and snacks you have a few choices. There is a udon noodle shop on the premises that is operated from a thatched roofed house and there is an entire Western-style tea room that was relocated from Kobe City, where you can experience the elegance the was the norm during that city’s heyday of international flavor.

While you are in the Yashima district, you might consider visiting Yashima Temple and of course heading up the famous driveway for one of the best views of the coast and the Seto Inland Sea.

There are also several shrines in the area and there is even a full-sized aquarium. For dining, there are are quite a few options available but don’t leave with out trying the ever popular udon noodles.

Access: Take the Kotohira Dentetsu Train Line to Kotoden Yashima Station. It is about a 7 minute walk from Kotoden Yashima Station.


About the Area

Takamatsu City is the commercial center of Shikoku and has a urban feel that is befitting to the title. Its lovely boulevards and well-developed port area create an ambiance that is truly cosmopolitan.

Must-see spots for visitors include, Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu Castle, the central shopping arcade and the port area art installations.

Yakuri Station is the entry point to the Yashima district of Takamatsu City, which is well-known for its temple near the summit of the unique and iconic table top-shaped Mt. Yashima. The vista from the mountain is highly-prized and well worth the effort to get there. However, to best appreciate its entire shape, the view from Sunport Takamatsu Symbol Tower is recommended.

Yashima is notable for its eateries, many of which serve the renowned local specialty, udon noodles.

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