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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden1
Ritsurin Garden2
Of all the gardens in Japan that have been designated as a Special Places of Scenic Beauty by the national government, Ritsurin Garden is the largest. The park (completed in 1745) was constructed over the course of more than 100 years by the successive lords of the Sanuki Takamatsu clan (of what is now Kagawa Prefecture). Six ponds and 13 landscaped hills have been artfully placed against the backdrop of the dark-green pine-covered vista of Mt. Shiun. Due to the vivid beauty the garden offers during all four seasons, Ritsurin Garden has received high acclaim from overseas, including being published in the "Michelin Green Guide Japon" with the highest rating of three stars.
Mt. Yashima
Mt. Yashima1
Mt. Yashima2
This roof-shaped lava plateau is famed as the battlefield of the Genpei War (major civil war fought between the medieval clans of Genji and Heike). In the afternoon, superb views of the beautiful islands together with the calm waves of the Seto Inland Sea can be seen from the top of the roof-shaped mountain. In the evenings, visitors can enjoy the contrast between beautiful Takamatsu City and the Seto Inland Sea.
Around Dannoura, where the Genpei War was waged about 800 years ago, there is a number of historical sites that tell the story of the battle, including the "hidden ship" where Heike clan hid the warships, and the "prayer rock" where Nasu no Yoichi (military commander of the Genji clan) prayed to hit the fan with his arrow. On top of the mountain there are Yashimaji Temple, the 84th hallowed ground on the Shikoku Pilgrimage, and the New Yashima Aquarium, a rare sight worldwide. The driveway is also popular.
Kotohira-gu and Kanamaru-za
Kotohira-gu and Kanamaru-za1
Kotohira-gu and Kanamaru-za2
From ancient times, the principal god of this shrine has been popularly known as "Konpira-san of Sanuki" and is the god of the sea. The approach to the main shrine is a famously long path of 785 stone steps and a total of 1,368 steps to the inner shrine. The view of the Seto Inland Sea and Sanuki Plains as you look back from the main shrine is exceptional. In the vicinity is Japan's oldest existing playhouse, the former Konpira Grand Theatre also known as "Kanamaru-za." Every April, the Shikoku Konpira Kabuki Grand Theatre puts on a performance, which has become a seasonal tradition that tells of the arrival of spring on the roads of Shikoku.

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