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Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Shikoku  /  Kagawa Prefecture  /  Takamatsu
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Things to do: parks, nature, historic sites

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau. Things to do in Takamatsu include a tour of the restored ruins of a castle that uses seawater in its moat, as well as checking out famous Edo-period landscape gardens built around scenic ponds, some of the most beautiful man-made green areas in Japan. Two nearby romantic islands, just offshore from the busy port, abound with folk culture and enough leisure activities to warrant a full day trip. The city's humid subtropical climate provides pleasant conditions for sightseeing year-round. Use our Japan vacation generator to arrange your visit to Takamatsu and any other destinations in Japan that take your fancy.
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The second most populous city in Shikoku and home to a major port, Takamatsu has a range of accommodations to cater to various needs and budgets. Cheap business hotels with saunas can be found around the train station and Ritsurin Garden, while luxurious modern hotels sit near the Sun Port area north of the garden. Guesthouses are scattered around the downtown area. The business focus of Takamatsu has led to an ever-increasing number of boutique hotels.
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