Smallest prefecture famous for Konpirasan, the head of Konpira shrines across Japan
Kagawa prefecture is located on the northwest of Shikoku Island. It is the smallest prefecture in Japan. Kagawa is widely known for Sanuki noodles, that are made with locally sourced ingredients brought by beautiful sunny weather throughout a year.
Konpirasan offers a long but beautiful hike to its inner shrine is the most famous tourist place in Kagawa.
Kompirasan, formally known as Kotohira-gu, is a popular touristic spot in Kagawa.
It is the head of Komnpira shrines across Japan. The ancient structure dedicated to seamanship is also reputed as one of the harshest climb among Japan’s numerous temples and shrines with a total of 1368 steps to reach Izutama shrine.
Naoshima, has become a word-famous center for art by featuring high-class museums and many open air exhibitions as a result of efforts by the Benesse foundation to promote contemporary art all around the area. The most famous art piece is Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkins.”
Sanuki udon from Kagawa is the most popular type of noodles in Japan. Sanuki udon was born by using locally produced ingredients of salt, soy sauce and iriko, dried sardine used for a broth for noodle. Kagawa is also known for the production of wasanbon, fine-grained quality sugar and wasanbon from Kagawa has been widely used for Japanese sweets.
Marugame uchiwa, a fan made in Marugame city in Kagawa, was first as a souvenir for tourists to Konpirasan in early 17th century, and has been developed as a local industry. Small towns in Kagawa are a source of Aji Stone used for monuments and grave stones due to its solidity.
Kagawa is also known for Ranma Engraving. Ranma refers to a space between a sliding door and ceiling boards in traditional Japanese houses. That space has been beautifully decorated at wealthy houses. Bonsai trees, miniature trees, have been popular among farmers in Kagawa since early 19th century. Under Kagawa’s sunny weather throughout a year, production of Kiri Geta, traditional Japanese footwear made by Kiri, paulownia, became one a local product that represents Kagawa.
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Locally grown sunflower seeds helps healthy diet
Mannou town is known for sunflowers and in July as many as 1.2 million of sunflowers are in full bloom. Mannou Sunflower Oil was made by using sunflower seeds only from Mannou. It is good for health as this oil is especially an omega 9 type that is good for reducing high blood pressure and sunflower seeds are rich in oleic acid and vitamin E.
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