1. “Mt. Iino,” which you can easilyclimb to the top of.
“Iino-yama (Mt. Iino)” is located almost at the center of Kagawa Prefecture, with a height of 422 meters.
This shape is called a butte (a conical shaped hill or mountain), and this mountain is also known as “Sanuki Fuji” which means “Mt. Fuji in Sanuki” (Sanuki is the old name of Kagawa).
This mountain is very familiar to the local people, and it is considered a symbolic mountain of Kagawa.
One of the fascinating things about climbing up Iino Mountain is the view!
You can get the great view of the entire Seto Inland Sea even on the way to the top.
The altitude is not very high, and the path is not so steep.
Maybe it would be fun for you to enjoy a picnic there.
Sanuki Fuji (Mt. Iino)
2. “Shishi-jima,” an island with a huge and spiritual 1,200-year-old tree
It takes about 20 minutes from Miyanoshita Port in Takuma Town, Mitoyo-shi, if you would like to see this spectacular tree on Shishi-jima Island.
This is a gigantic 1200-year-old camphor tree, and has been designated as a “Natural Monuments of Kagawa Prefecture.”
You will be just overwhelmed by its magnificent scale, with its powerful trunk and branches growing so freely!
You can see the calm Seto Inland Sea from the sightseeing tower built by the residents of island.
Shishi-jima may be a very small island which you can walk around in one day, but there are so many fascinating things there. It will give you a feeling of calm and peace.
On a sunny day, why don’t you put on your backpack and get on a ferry going to Shishijima?
＞Enjoy everything on the Shishi-jima Island – a 1200-year-old camphor tree, goats, and beautiful scenery – all in one day!/Shishi-jima (Mitoyo-shi, Kagawa)
3. Another “Angel’s Road” in Mitoyo!? “Maruyama-jima Island”
“Maruyama-jima Island” is an isolated island located on the edge of Shonai Penninsula in the northwestern part of Mitoyo City.
The transient road to the island appears at a low tide only, and it has a resemblance to the “Angel’s Road” in Shodoshima, which is a very popular sightseeing spot.
The most important thing to do is to check the time of the low tide before you visit the island.
Also, you need a pair of sturdy walking shoes because you will have to go through some places with many stones to get to the road to the island.
The amazingly beautiful sunset heals the traveler’s mind there.
A parking lot is provided by the courtesy of local people and space is limited.
Please mind your manners when you park your car there.
Maruyama-jima Island / Kamonokoshi (Mitoyo City Tourist Bureau)
4. “ChichibugahamaBeach,” the mirror of the sky in the Seto Inland Sea
Chichibugahama is now the hottest place in Kagawa because this is a spot where you can take pictures just like you can at “Salar de Uyuni” in Bolivia, which is called “a mirror of the sky.”
Chichibugahama has been selected as one of the “100 most beautiful sunset-watching spots in Japan.”
Therefore you can have an indulgent time when you can catch the gorgeous scenery of the sunset.
If there are some clouds in the sky, maybe you can see this kind of scenery…!
You cannot predict the exact weather, but we expect you will just love the view at the beach whatever weather you have there.
＞This is Salar de Uyuni in Japan! Let’s take some wonderful photos in which the Setouchi Inland Sea mirrors the sky!/Chichibugahama Beach (Mitoyo-shi, Kagawa)
5. “Lamprophyre Dike,” a natural monument of Japan
You can see the rocky cliff known as “lamprophyre dike” at the Kaburagoshi Cape located on the eastern end of Kagawa.
It is impressive with its beautiful black and white stripes.
Lamprophyre is really rare in Japan, and this dike is designated as a natural monument of Japan.
This is a vestige of dynamic volcanic activity, and a place where you can feel the sublimity of nature.
Kagawa prefectureis the smallest by area in Japan, but there are so manyfascinating things in Kagawa!
Please look for and discover some cool places on your own!
Photographs and text by Megumi Yamada
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Megumi Yamada Although I was born in Kagawa, after graduating high school I spent time in America, Kyoto, and East Timor, and now live in Kagawa again. I’m currently rediscovering the beauty of my hometown. I love to draw and take pictures.
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