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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

SHIKOKU Kagawa Modern art, ocean views and delectable noodles

Japan's smallest prefecture has plenty to offer with an ancient spiritual pilgrimage route and islands dedicated to contemporary art

Kagawa Prefecture is situated in the north of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's four main islands. Kagawa has Shikoku’s largest city, Takamatsu, and many small islands on the Seto Inland Sea. Naoshima and its surrounding islands are packed with internationally renowned modern art installations and museums, while Shodoshima is famous for olive production and sandy beaches. Kagawa Prefecture is perhaps best known for udon, with many of Japan's best noodle shops located in the prefecture.

How to Get There

Kagawa lies within easy reach of several of Japan's major cities, with Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima just over two hours away by train or plane. Takamatsu Airport is served by both domestic flights and international routes from Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong.

You can easily reach Kagawa via train or plane from Tokyo. Bullet trains run to Okayama, a major shinkansen station between Osaka and Hiroshima. Transfer at Okayama for the express JR Seto-Ohashi Line to Takamatsu, Kagawa's capital city. Domestic airlines serve Takamatsu from Narita and Haneda in Tokyo and Naha Airport in Okinawa. Naoshima and Shodoshima are reachable by ferry from either Takamatsu or Okayama Prefecture.

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    Contemporary art at Naoshima
    Sampling local noodles at the prefecture's udon restaurants
    One of Japan’s most famous gardens, Ritsurin Koen, in Takamatsu
    Walking in the footsteps of pilgrims at 23 of the famous 88 Temples of Shikoku

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Spring

    The prefecture's many cherry trees come into bloom, and the first pilgrims of the year embark on the Shikoku 88 Temples route.

  • Summer

    Kagawa’s beaches are the place to be during summer. A lack of crowds, low humidity, white sand and clear, warm water are big draws to the Seto Inland Sea.

  • Autumn

    Photograph vibrant autumn leaves at Ritsurin Koen Gardens in Takamatsu or ride a cable car and admire the changing foliage at Kankakei Gorge.

  • Winter

    Kagawa's weather turns mild, and visitors can view winter illuminations, soak in natural hot springs and visit local festivals for a taste of rural Japanese life.

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