A beacon of urban renewal

Takamatsu Central Shopping Mall

 

Takamatsu has done something special by redeveloping its famed shopping arcade and turning it into a modern mall by integrating the shops and building new structures to link them all together. The main arcade, which is 2.7 kilometers long, has every kind of shop and eatery that you can imagine and is heralded as the longest in Japan. 

As the arcade is so centrally located, it is a great starting point for the exploring downtown. Sightseeing spots such as Ritsurin Park and Takamatsu Castle Park are within walking distance and of course there is easy access to the art installations along the port.

Marugame Machi

The focal point of re-development efforts that can be traced to the early 1970s, when ironically, the push for urban renewal came from a perceived need for more parking as Japanese society got swept into the allure of private car ownership.

Marugame Machi actually has a history that goes back four centuries and although this section of the city has seen its ups and downs as Japan has gone through economic periods of feast and famine, a central theme in the area’s renewal has continued revolve around bringing people back to the district not only to shop but also to live.

The community organization that is in charge of steering positive growth in Marugame Machi has made great strides in creating a sustainable model for commerce and tourism within a livable environment.

Minami Shin Machi

This arcade contains the largest number of shops, with the latest in food, fashion and accessories. Free wi-fi is also available here.

Tamachi

Tamachi arcade has a quality selection of shops selling everything you need in daily life.

The North End

This area of the shopping street has been completely revitalized, creating a shopping mall feel in the midst of traditional arcades.

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.

 

Access: It is about a 10-15 minute walk from JR Takamatsu Station.

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