Takamatsu Images 14 images Created 2 May 2010
Takamatsu is the largest city on the island of Shikoku. The city developed over many years as a port town and is one of the primary entry points into Shikoku and is therefore known as the "Gateway to Shikoku". In recent years, it has also come to be known as "Udon Kingdom" for its famous sanuki udon noodles. Its premier attraction is the renowned Ritsurin garden, one of the finest strolling gardens in Japan. As Shikoku is the venue for the Buddhist pilgrimage trail of 88 temples around the island, many of which are in the Takamatsu and Kagawa Prefecture area, a steady stream of "henro" or pilgrims pass through daily. Nearby Zentsuji Temple is number 85 on the pilgrimage trail and the birthplace of Kobo Daishi, Japan's most renowned monk.