Take in the view of the sea from the heights as you wet your appetite on local cuisine on this Tokushima and Kagawa

Take in the view of the sea from the heights as you wet your appetite on local cuisine on this Tokushima and Kagawa

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To learn about Shikoku, we recommend this one night, two day tour through Tokushima and Kagawa. In Tokushima prefecture you will find the city of Naruto, known as the entry way to the sea where the Naruto whirlpools, the largest whirlpools in the world, can be viewed. In Kagawa, we recommend heading to the Kotohira-gu Shrine, where it is believed that the God of the Sea has been enshrined close to 3,000 years. On your way, you will encounter numerous opportunities for fun, including an an observatory giving you a bird’s eye view of the city, restaurants featuring local cuisine, numerous new destinations and leisure facilities, historical buildings, and even a chance to try your hand at making udon noodles. Here we introduce the numerous recommended places to see in Tokushima and Kagawa prefectures in the Shikoku region.

Feast on the breathtaking views woven by nature

Your first day begins in Naruto in Tokushima prefecture. In Tokushima, you can get your fill of the many breathtaking views woven by nature. Then, in Kagawa, you will enjoy the local flavors of the Sanuki region at a reservations-only restaurant long loved by the locals.

The Naruto whirlpools

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The journey begins in Naruto, entry way to the sea for Tokushima prefecture. Here you will see the whirlpools that are the symbol of Naruto. The whirlpools that occur in the Naruto strait, that separates Naruto city in Tokushima from Minami Awaji city in Hyogo prefecture, can reach a diameter of up to 20m during the spring tide, and are said to be the largest in the world. There are two ways to view them. You can either view them looking down from a bridge, or view them from up close. The view through the glass floor of the “Uzunomichi” section of the Onaruto bridge, 45 meters up from the surface of the sea, is simply magnificent. And if you wish to see the whirlpools up close, we recommend taking a tour boat. You will be treated to a breathtaking scene. Please note that the best time to see the whirlpools is from about an hour before to an hour after high and low tides, so the time will be different each day. Please check the whirlpool viewing schedule on the website before heading out on your trip.

Breathtaking views created by nature

Days closed

Depends on the facility

Open hours

Depends on the facility

Access

JR Naruto Station -> Local bus to Naruto Park, get off at the Naruto Park stop, and walk a short distance

Website

http://www.uzunomichi.jp/

The Bizan Park Observation Plaza

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After enjoying the dynamic views of the power of the sea, travel to Tokushima station and visit the Bizan Park Observation Plaza where you will get a bird’s eye view of the city of Tokushima. The trip by ropeway from the foot to the peak of the mountain is about six minutes. From the plaza at the peak, you can view not only the central area of Tokushima but the Seto Inland Sea and the mountains of Kishu. Further, you can enjoy the best view in Tokushima prefecture from here in the evenings, so the location is quite popular as a date spot. After getting your fill of the unique views of Tokushima, take the roughly one hour train ride on the JR line to Takamatsu city in Kagawa prefecture.

In addition to the daytime view, the nighttime view is also popular.

Days closed

Free park entrance

Open hours

Park open all hours

Access

JR Tottori station -> 10 min. walk, then a six minute ride by ropeway from Sanroku Station on the Bizan Ropeway.

Website

http://www.awaodori-kaikan.jp/ropeway

Maimai Tei

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Maimai Tei is a restaurant in Takamatsu city that serves local cuisine and strives to recreate the traditional cuisine of the Sanuki region. This restaurant, which spares no effort in preparing the meals carefully with the seasonal produce of the Sanuki region, is visited by countless diners both from Japan and overseas, and a reservation is required. Each seasonal seafood dish made with fresh seafood procured that morning is a masterpiece. You can also enjoy original Japanese sake and wine with your meal. After experiencing the traditional tastes with all five senses, get on the train and head towards the center of Takamatsu city.

“Oshinuki Sushi” available only in spring and autumn

Days closed

Closed irregularly (open when there are reservations)

Open hours

Lunch: 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, Dinner: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Access

Kotoden Kawaramachi station -> 6 min. walk

Website

http://www.maimaitei.com

Takamatsu Symbol Tower

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Once you arrive at the center of Takamatsu city, head over to the Takamatsu Symbol Tower, a new destination that is the highest building in Shikoku. There is a free observation deck on the 30th floor, open until 10:00 PM, providing a view of the entirety of Takamatsu city There is also a French restaurant allowing you to take in the night view while enjoying your meal. The eight story hall building adjacent to the tower also features the only ramen theme park in Shikoku where numerous ramen shops are gathered. We recommend a dinner of that famous Japanese ramen loved throughout the world.

The tower overlooks the scenery of the Seto Inland Sea

Days closed

Open every day

Open hours

Depends on the facility

Access

JR Takamatsu station -> close by foot

Website

http://www.symboltower.com

Play, eat, and sightsee your way through Kagawa

On the second day, enjoy theme parks and a workshop where you will try making the famous Sanuki udon noodles, after which you will climb the stone staircase to Konpira-san and give a prayer for prosperity as you enjoy the wonderful view. Let us guide you through Kagawa, full of enjoyment, dining, and beautiful scenery.

New Reoma World

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One spot you must visit in Kagawa is New Reoma World, the largest theme park in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, located approximately one hour by train from the Takamatsu city center. Here you can enjoy a total of 22 different attractions, a regular parade, and other types of entertainment such as a 3D projection mapping exhibit. There are also seasonal attractions such as the nighttime illumination and the over 420,000 flowers of 100 different varieties. The park provides all kinds of enjoyment throughout the year.

The park contains numerous attractions.

Days closed

Open every day (may close for maintenance)

Open hours

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Depends on the day of the week and season)

Access

Kotoden Line Okada Station -> 5 min. by car

Website

http://www.newreomaworld.com

Kotohira branch of the Nakano Udon School

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One thing you must not forget about in Kagawa is the famed Sanuki Udon noodles. While there are many udon noodle shops through the prefecture, you can actually dine on Sanuki udon noodles you have made yourself if you visit the Kotohira branch of the Nakano Udon School. The udon master will guide you through the entire process, from kneading the dough and rolling out the noodles, to cooking them. The udon workshop requires a reservation (minimum two people), and graduates of the short course will receive a booklet of udon making secrets, a rolling pin, and a hanging scroll that includes a historical map of the area. You can also dine and purchase gifts at the adjacent shop.

Udon noodles you make yourself will surely taste the best

Days closed

Open every day

Open hours

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (shop opened from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

Access

JR Kotohira Station or Kotoden Line Kotoden Kotohira Station -> 8 min. walk

Website

http://nakanoya.net

Takatoro Lighthouse

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After enjoying the soul food of Kagawa, head towards Kotohira-gu shrine. On your way, you won’t want to miss the Takatoro Lighthouse that towers over the route from JR Kotohira Station. The Takatoro Lighthouse was completed as a guide for ships on the Seto Inland Sea in 1865 (first year of Keio Era) and is a seven story structure reaching roughly 27.6 meters in height. This structure is the highest wooden lighthouse in Japan and is designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property by the Japanese government.

The prominent Takatoro Lighthouse

Days closed

Free access to the exterior only

Open hours

Access all hours to the exterior only

Access

JR Kotohira Station or Kotoden Line Kotoden Kotohira Station -> close by foot

Website

None

Yamanaka Zoudou

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After checking out the Takatoro Lighthouse, you will climb the stone stairway leading up to the Kotohira-gu shrine. At the 30th step, you will find Yamanaka Zoudou, a shop selling “Sanuki Ittobori” woodcarvings, which are a traditionally craft of Kagawa. All of the work required to make the carvings, from drying the source wood and initial rough carving to finishing, is carried out right there at the shop. The carefully produced daruma dolls, trays, and other ornaments are arrayed for sale at the shop. It must take many days to carve each work here by hand. The scene of the countless appealing items created through traditional craftsmanship will delight the eyes of all who visit.

The shop is filled with Sanuki Ittobori woodcarving artworks.

Days closed

Irregular

Open hours

10:00 AM to 17:00 PM

Access

JR Kotohira Station -> 15 min. walk

Website

http://zoudou.jp/

The Five Farmers

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As you pass through the Great Gate at the 365th step of the stairs, serving as the entrance to the Kotohira-gu Shrine, you will be greeted by a great white umbrella. Sitting beneath are the “Gonin-Byakusho”, or “five farmers”, representing the five households traditionally given exclusive permission to engage in commerce within the walls of the shrine, selling a type of candy called “Kamiyo Ame”. Kamiyo Ame is a type of hard candy made by boiling down sugar and starch syrup, to which just a touch of the yuzu citrus fruit is added to give a bit of Shikoku flavor. This candy, which comes with a small hammer required to break it up before eating, makes the perfect gift.

The “Five Farmers” selling candy within the shrine grounds.

Days closed

Open every day

Open hours

6:00 AM to 4:00 PM (7:00 AM to 5:00 PM during winter)

Access

JR Kotohira Station or Kotoden Line Kotoden Kotohira Station -> 30 min. walk

Website

http://www.konpira.or.jp/about/map/guide-1/guide-1_2015.html

Gohongu

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When you finally climb to the last of the 785 steps on the stone staircase, you will arrive at the Gohongu building of the Kotohira-gu Shrine, known popularly as “Konpira-san”. This structure is famed for enshrining the God of the sea. After a brief prayer at the Gohongu, head over to the observation deck in front of it. The breathtaking view of the Sanuki Hirano region you will find there is an exclusive present for those who have managed the climb up the 785 steps. Your sense of achievement will surely inscribe this view in your memory. Then, as proof of your visit, why not get yourself one of the yellow good-luck amulets helpful for ensuring health and happiness?

The Gohongu at the top of the stone stairway

Days closed

Open every day

Open hours

Treasure House, Library, and Takahashi Yuichi House: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (gates close at 4:30 PM)

Access

JR Kotohira Station or Kotoden Line Kotoden Kotohira Station -> 50 min. walk

Website

http://www.konpira.or.jp

In addition to these attractions, Tokushima and Kagawa prefectures are also home to more than half of the stops along the Shikoku Pilgrimage known for the 88 temples associated with the Buddhist monk Kukai (Kobo Daishi). Taking the pilgrimage yourself would surely be a journey to remember where you experience the beauty and severity of nature, the warmth of the people, and the charm of the architecture. This land offers many more appeals than can be seen in one or two days, and will likely call you back time and time again.