For many visitors Takamatsu is the gateway to Shikoku; the large, modern city on the north coast is a major transport hub funnelling road, rail and ferry traffic from Honshu across the island. But if you find yourself passing through, it is well worth breaking your journey here for a few hours.
Takamatsu is home to Japan's largest garden, Ritsurin-koen, which sits at the foot of Mount Shuin. During the Edo period feudal lords spent 100 years constructing the 750,000m2 strolling garden which is designed to provide viewing enjoyment in all seasons.
Ritsurin-koen is a fine example of landscaping, borrowing the pine-clad scenery of Shuin-zan and blending chestnut trees, lotus ponds, arching red bridges and artificial islands. Several elegant tatami teahouses sit in the garden and the entrance ticket allows visitors to take part in a tea ceremony at the Chrysanthemum Moon Pavilion.
There are several interesting museums in Takamatsu including the Sanuki Folkcraft Museum and a sculpture garden designed by Isamu Noguchi. Also of interest are the plateau of Yashima, an ancient battle ground with views of the Inland Sea and nearby Shikoku-Mura, a collection of traditional houses displaying Shikoku architecture and construction techniques.
Recommended Accommodation in Takamatsu
The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Takamatsu.
JR Clement Hotel
Dormy Inn Takamatsu
Experiences in Takamatsu
Takamatsu offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites
Weather in Takamatsu
The Climate Guide for Takamatsu, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
|Max Daytime Temperature (°C)||8||9||12||18||22||25||29||30||27||21||16||11|
|Min Night-time Temperature (°C)||0||0||3||9||13||18||22||23||19||13||8||3|
|Hours of Sunshine (Daily)||5||5||6||6||7||5||6||7||5||5||5||5|
|Hours of Daylight (Daily)||10||11||12||13||14||14||14||13||12||11||10||10|
|Heat and Humidity Discomfort||None||None||None||None||None||Low||High||High||Low||None||None||None|
|Days with some Rainfall||17||17||18||15||14||17||17||14||17||14||13||14|
|Monthly Rainfall (mm)||34||49||83||116||132||210||169||133||241||118||69||26|
|UV Index (Maximum)||3||4||6||8||9||10||11||10||8||6||4||3|
Featured trips including Takamatsu
Small Group Tour
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