The two most popular destinations for sunset are Shimonada Station in Ehime Prefecture and Chichibugahama in Kagawa Prefecture, Shikoku Japan. Well, the reason is obvious: beautiful and unique. 1. Chichibugahama 父母之濱 in Kagawa Prefecture Stretching 1km long along the coast in Mitoyo City, west of Kagawa Prefecture, Chichibugahama Beach is renown for the amazing mirror images similar to the salt flat Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, attracting many locals and tourists to just come for some breath-taking shots without having to fly across the planet. Thanks to the “parents”, the local communities to initiate cleaning up the beach since 1995 so that we can now all enjoy a clean beach and take great photos. However, the mirror images are only possible under certain condition: nice clear day and low tide. Not the low tide of the day, but the low tide of the month. Please check out the tidal schedule before you head over. Transportation: In addition to driving, you may take a bus/taxi from JR Takuma Station. Buses only run from Monday to Saturday and it is not very…

Visiting the famous Konpirasan (also known as Kotohira-gu, Konpira shrine in English) in Kagawa prefecture, Japan, you may want a good rest, food massage and an onsen after the long hike of at least 780 steps round trip to the main shrine. There are in fact a few good options in the neighborhood. Koubaitei is one of the more established hotel just down the hill and 10 minutes walk to the JR Kotohira Station.

Locating in the middle of Mount Zozu, Konpirasan Shrine (formerly known as Kotohira-gu Shrine) has been a well know and popular shrine for protection of shipping and fishing businesses since the ancient time (1336-1573) and is still considered one of the shrines that Japanese would visit at least once in a lifetime. Its importance is only second to Ise Shrine. Konpriasan at Kagawa is the head shrine of all Konpira shrines in Japan. The shrine is one of the toughest to reach (1,368 steps) yet it doesn’t deter the pilgrims. The shrine is a large complex on the mountain slope, featuring many historic buildings, ancient hexagonal lamps and Important Cultural Assets. Souvenir shops and tea houses line up from the bottom to over 300 steps to keep you busy looking and stopping as you go up. It is not as tough as you think (well, to the main shrine).

Sanuki udon is a popular type of udon originally from Kagawa prefecture in Shikoku Japan. Sanuki is an old name of Kagawa Prefecture. The udon is characterized by its thick, square shape and more tender texture. There are several ways of eating udon. The basic is to choose the temperature: cold or hot in soup. Then there are a lot of choices of toppings and side dishes: eggs, ginger, spring union, dipping sauce, beef, tempura, etc. There are around 700 udon shops in Kagawa prefecture. Many are family run small shops that only open for a few hours a day until lunch time and/or close on certain days. So if you want to have udon in Kagawa, lunch hour is probably the best. Besides, not all restaurants are served at the table. Many restaurants are self-served which means that you have to go pick your own toppings, side dish, then order udon at the cooking counter. Of course, you would have to clean up (turn tray) as well. In addition to buying and tasting, you may also try to make…

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