Castles, temples & fabulous food

On the Seto Inland Sea, looking out over the Sanuki mountain range, sits the island of Shikoku and the old castle town of Takamatsu, Japan.

Now a vibrant city, Takamatsu has been an economic hub of the region since the Edo period. To get a sense of its history, visit Tamamo-koen Park. The 16th century Takamatsu Castle had been destroyed, but there’s still plenty to explore: ruins, water moats, and classic Japanese-style yagura or turrets.

At beautiful Ritsurin-kōen, stroll through hills, bridges, islands and ponds, or sip matcha (powdered green tea) at a thatched-roof teahouse. Venture to Yashima, a 293-meter high plateau, for the best views of the sea and a visit to the Shingon temple Yashima-ji. Enjoy the city’s shopping, new waterfront and many restaurants, where you can sample fresh seafood or Sanuki udon, a famous noodle dish.

Takamatsu, Japan At a glance

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GPS: 34°20'34.04"N 134°2'47.67"E
Size: 375.00 KM2 (144.79 MI2)
Population: 420,000
Density: 1,120 Pop/KM2 (432 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +81

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