Kagawa

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Introduction

Kagawa, the smallest prefecture in Japan, is located on the island of Shikoku. The original name for the area was Sanuki, and so this prefecture is deliciously famous for thick buckwheat noodles called Sanuki Udon. Takamatsu, the prefectural capital, is a great place to try Udon, and also to visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, Ritsurin Koen. Kagawa is also home to part of the 88 temple pilgrimage created by the Buddhist monk Kukai (Kobo Daishi) that crosses all 4 of the prefectures on Shikoku. As you travel the countryside you will most likely see pilgrims in white costumes and straw hats following in Kukai’s footsteps as they visit each temple. The town of Zentsuji was his birthplace​ and so the temple there has special significance.


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