- ABOUT KAGAWA
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.
“Red Pumpkin” © Yayoi Kusama, 2006 Naoshima Miyanoura Port Square Photo: Daisuke Aochi
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.
The Seto Inland Sea continues to attract many visitors with its tranquil serenity. The beauty of its many islands dotted against a backdrop of calm blue waters has made the region a popular destination for a leasurely and relaxed break.
There are a variety of unique islands, including contemporary art hubs such as "Naoshima" and "Teshima", the historic Japanese folk tale islands of "Inujima" and "Megijima", and islands with beautiful lighthouses such as "Ogijima" and "Shodoshima".
Kagawa's biggest island "Shodoshima" also boasts many picturesque locations including "Angel Road", where a sand bar appears at low tide, "Kankakei Gorge", which is considered one of the most spectacular gorges in Japan, and a 1600-year-old Chinese Juniper which is found at Hoshoin Temple.
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 "Kechiganji" the name refers to the completion of one's spiritual journey and fulfillment of the pilgrims desire to become closer to Kukai.