Takamatsu: Explore the Best of the City

Being one of the biggest cities of Shikoku, it attracts more visitors than the rest of the island. In case you are planning to visit the Shikoku in Japan, this can be a good place to start with. The scenic port town has made it more convenient to visit. I came across many interesting attractions throughout the city. To plan your itinerary and make your list, check out a few things you can do.

Drop in at Ritsurin Park

This is one of the primary attractions. Trust me; it is one of the prettiest gardens that I came across in this region. It was a visual treat for sure. The place had been built for the Sasu Ma and Sanuki warlords to relax. As a matter of fact, it is so beautiful that this has been designated as the National Treasure of Japan. Walking around the park, I came across Engetsu-Kyo Bridge. The park is most famous for this. There is also a lotus pond here.

Try out Udon

The Udon noodles is might be one of the iconic dishes of Takamatsu. It is the most popular noodles in Japan. It is thick and chewy. The dish is prepared in different ways and is just a unique thing to have. Drop in a restaurant to have this iconic dish.

Visit Sanuki Takamatsu Festival

If you are visiting in the month of August, you will be able to be a part of this festival. The festival grabbed my interest because of the various attractions it has to offers. Starting from firework display to traditional dance, you get to see it all. Go to the central park to catch a glimpse of this festival. Stroll around and take some photos. You are surely going to remember this for a lifetime.

Yiwu – Explore Lakes and Temples Here

This Chinese city is known to haveinspired several musicians and poets and when I came here you will quickly realize why. Today the city has a modern landscape as well with a centralized business and commercial district, some buildings dating back to the seventeenth century even. The city has a uniqueness that is unlike any new city of the modern world.

The other thing I enjoyed here was visiting the local markets. Here you will find stalls that sell anything, from extension cords to clothes. You can negotiate with the traders, marveling all the time of the ancientness of the region, it being a place of trade of the Middle East for several centuries.

The place has a subtropical humid climate with four distinct seasons. I would recommend that you come here in autumn and spring; every year the October and April months have several events.

Stop by Shuanglin Temple

This is the main cultural and religious landmark to visit so I made it the first stop on my travel tour itinerary. The architecture of the temple and iron tower is a wonder to behold.

A Rocky Wonder – Desheng Yan

Did you know that this name translates as thick rocks? This place is a dense rock mountain that is a must visit. I clicked on countless photos here.

Stop by the International Exhibition Center

This place is opposite the Meihu exhibition center which is in the northern part of the city. The landscape is nice to check out as well as the conventions and trade fairs that are held here at different times of the year. When I was there the exhibition center had a cuisine fair on and it was fun sampling food of the different Chinese cuisines.

Plan a Day Tour at Xiuhu Lake Park

This is a scenic lake that you will find surrounding the Da’an temple tower. The tower was built around 960 AD during Song dynasty reign. The park is popular and you can spend time here as I did. It houses coffee and tea houses, supermarkets and shopping malls as well. There is much to do and is ideal to spend a day here, especially when the weather is pleasant.