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Kagawa Prefecture


Prefecture/City: Kagawa Prefecture
Capital/Prefecture: Takamatsu City
Governor/Mayor: Keizo Hamada
Area: 1,876 square km (724 square miles)
Population: 985,388 as of November 2013
Flower: Olive
Tree: Olive
Bird: Lesser cuckoo
Business & Industry:

Takamatsu, the capital of the prefecture facing the Seto Inland Sea, serves as the center of business for the entire Shikoku region. Calling itself the “Udon Prefecture,” Kagawa is proud of its sanuki brand udon, Japanese noodles made of wheat flour, and of being Japan’s largest udon producer.

Tourism & Culture:

A one-hour ferry trip from Takamatsu will have you in the pastoral landscape of Shodoshima Island, the birthplace of Japan’s olive production, and the country’s largest producer of the fruit. The view of the Seto Inland Sea and small islands at sunset could be the perfect end to a day.

Famous for:

A tour of sacred visits to 88 temples on Shikoku Island to have your wish granted. Of those 88 temples, 22 are located in Kagawa Prefecture.