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.
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.
A delicate noodle made from a dough of wheat flour, salt water and locally-produced sesame oil that is lovingly pulle...
Shodo Island in Kagawa Prefecture has been growing olives for over a century, and produces more of them than anywhere...
The prefecture's many cherry trees come into bloom, and the first pilgrims of the year embark on the Shikoku 88 Temples route.
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.
Photograph vibrant autumn leaves at Ritsurin Koen Gardens in Takamatsu or ride a cable car and admire the changing foliage at Kankakei Gorge.
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.