Kagawa Prefecture`s Appeal
"Ritsurin Garden", is one of Kagawa's most treasured sites with a great number of domestic and international tourists coming to view the traditionally landscaped scenery. Staff maintain the garden all year round except during the heat of summer. Regardless of season, be sure to check the delicately sculpted pine trees, especially for lovers of bonsai. Ritsurin Garden is the largest Cultural Property Garden in all of Japan, and is an important cultural asset that has been maintained for nearly 400 years. Originally created in the Edo period for the daimyo (feudal lord), the garden features six ponds and thirteen landscaped hills in front of the green vista of Mt. Shiun, along with stunning rock arrangements and a wide variety of beautiful plants. Seasonal flowers and one thousand carefully maintained pine trees create gorgeous scenery that changes throughout the seasons. The garden was designed to be leisurely strolled through, and each step offers a new perspective on the garden's scenery.
‣Sanuki Udon Noodles
Smooth and chewy "Sanuki Udon Noodles" are hugely popular throughout Japan. There are over 600 udon restaurants in Kagawa, yet each offers its own unique version of the dish. Udon represents a perfect fusion of well-honed traditional skills and local natural bounties: wheat, salt, and water for the noodles, and soy sauce or dried fish for the stock.
Art and architecture are an integral part of daily life in Kagawa. The Setouchi Triennale, an international contemporary art festival launched in 2010 and held every three years, aims to restore the vitality of the Seto Inland Sea region. While making friends with the local islanders, artists from around the world create site-specific works that complement the natural surroundings and celebrate the local culture and history. In addition, Kagawa is graced with the museums of painters Genichiro Inokuma and Kaii Higashiyama, sculptors Isamu Noguchi and Masayuki Nagare, the memorial gallery of furniture designer George Nakashima, and buildings designed by Kenzo Tange and Tadao Ando.
Eighty-eight temples scattered throughout Shikoku are linked to the 8th century Buddhist priest Kukai, and form the pilgrimage route known as the "Henro". People have been making this pilgrimage for centuries in the belief that if completed, their prayers will be answered. In Kagawa there are 23 official temples, including Sohonzan Zentsuji Temple, the birthplace of Kukai, and the final temple in the route, Okuboji Temple. Also known as "Ketsuganji" the name refers to the completion of one's spiritual journey and fulfillment of the pilgrims desire to become closer to Kukai.