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Kagawa Prefecture

Despite being the smallest prefecture, Kagawa plays a pivotal role in shaping the spiritual landscape as well as food and art culture in Japan.

Walk in the footsteps of past pilgrims along the ancient pilgrimage route, comprised of the famous 88 Temples of Shikoku. Japan's oldest kabuki theatre can also be found here in Kotohira town, giving visitors an insight into the traditional arts. As a pick-me-up, slurp up a bowl of Kagawa's staple Sanuki udon afterward!
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Highlights

  • Ritsurin Park
    Sightseeing
    Boasting six ponds and 13 landscaped hills, Ritsurin Park lets you discover the best of traditional Japanese gardens at your own pace. Go on a leisurely stroll to learn about the park's near 150-year history; before checking in to the Kikugetsutei teahouse for a quintessential matcha drinking experience.

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  • Kotohira
    Sightseeing
    Small as Kotohira may be, the town is home to some of the most culturally significant landmarks in Japan. Ascend the steps of Kotohiragu, Shikoku's most popular shrine, and get rewarded with fantastic views. Kanamaruza is the oldest kabuki theatre in the country, allowing visitors an insight into the world of classical Japanese performances.

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  • Sanuki Udon
    Food
    Though originating from Kagawa, this udon dish has become a national favourite in Japan! Characterized by its firm and chewy texture, Sanuki udon is traditionally made with locally-grown wheat in the prefecture. Enjoy cold with a dipping sauce or in a bowl of hot broth.

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