Takamatsu City has a well-deserved reputation for reputation for reinventing and redefining itself, having successfully initiated a number of projects including the redevelopment of the covered shopping street district and the introduction of permanent art installations in the port area.
Through a comprehensive process of urban renewal that was completed in 2001, this group of former warehouses has been transformed into a delightful restaurant and shopping district, offering another facet to Takamatsu City’s impressive waterfront.
Renga hiroba or “brick plaza” is perhaps the focal point of Kitahama Alley, as many of the storefronts open onto it and there are places for visitors to sit. The plaza gets pretty full during the warmer months of the year with full-fledged outdoor cafe seating.
There are close to a dozen shops operating in Kitahama Alley. From avant-garde clothing retailers to edgy bars, an elegant yet rustic world greets you at the waterfront.
An important point to keep in mind about Kitahama Alley is that it was designed to evolve in line with the trends and tastes of the time, providing new merchants and artisans with a platform to introduce their unique goods and services.
After visiting Kitahama Alley and enjoying all of its port side charm, take a walk through the shopping arcade district of Marugame Town. One of the longest of its kind in Japan, it is another great example of innovative urban planning that has been crafted to appeal to a variety of visitors.
Stroll through the rest of the port area and marvel at the fabulous art installations that have helped put Kagawa on the map as a prefecture that is dedicated to art.
This cultural zone includes the lovely Ritsurin Garden and the Takamatsu Castle Ruins/Tamamo Garden, where you can spend hours relaxing in an environment filled with greenery and fresh air.
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 minute walk from JR Takamatsu Station.
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