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Kagawa Prefecture is one of the four prefectures of Shikoku Island. It is currently the smallest prefecture in Japan, and is settled on the Seto Inland Sea next to Ehime and Tokushima Prefecture. It was originally known as Sanuki Province, which is the origin of the nationally famous Sanuki Udon. It is also connected by the Great Seto bridge which connects Shikoku Island to the mainland. Kagawa itself is known for very good weather with relatively little rainfall, which means the possibility for great beach days on the Seto coast.

Kagawa is also home to many temples, part of the eighty-eight temple pilgrimage around Shikoku Island, and is home to the Zentsuji temple where famous Buddhist Kukai was born. Kukai would eventually be associated with the pilgrimage itself, as he was the monk who established Buddhism in Japan. If you travel around Kagawa and other prefectures in Shikoku, you may see pilgrims with distinctive hats walking from temple to temple.

If you love art, you may also be interested in Kagawa’s art museums. Chichu Art Museum is the most famous art museum in Kagawa. The building itself is very beautiful, especially if you can look from above. It focuses particularly on architectural art, as well as some paintings and physical artwork. They also have a creative café that serves olive-based food, one of Kagawa’s famous exports.

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Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden is one of Japan's most famous Japanese gardens. It was created and owned by the successive leaders of the Sanuki-Takamatsu clan in ...Read more

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Kotohira-gu Shrine

This is one of the most famous power spots in Kagawa Prefecture. This shrine is famous for its long stairways with 785 steps, and it enshrines Omon...Read more

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    Zentsu-ji Temple

    Zentsu-ji Temple, located in Kagawa, is the seventy-fifth temple of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage.Read more

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      Twenty Four Eyes Movie Studio

      Based on the novel by Sakae Tsuboi published in 1952, the film "Twenty Four Eyes" directed by Keisuke Kinoshita was shot on Shodo Island in 1954. T...Read more

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      Marugame Castle

      Marugame Castle, built in 1597, was the center of power of the Sanuki area.Read more

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      Shikoku Village (Mura)

      Shikoku Village is an open-air museum which reconstructed old folk houses of the Edo and Taisho era from all over Shikoku.Read more

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      Choshikei Monkey Park

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      Kankakei Gorge Ropeway

      This ropeway takes visitors over the Kankakei Gorge, a canyon in the middle of Shodo Island. Considered one of Japan's three most beautiful gorge, ...Read more

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