Touring Yashima(屋島)


Yashima is part of Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture Japan. One of its main attraction is the Yashima-ji located at a lava plateau northeast of Takamatsu.

Late last year (2013), T and I join a tour, a Fugu tour actually, and one the places they took us was on this plateau to get a really good view of Takamatsu.

Let the tour begin.

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Welcome to Yashima.

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Watching the people as they enter the gate.

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Beautiful stone carving.

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A view from a far.

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A raccoon? a male one if you noticed 🙂 , guarding the torii.

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The female one.

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The Main Hall of the Thousand Handed Kannon.

We walked all the way to the end of the plateau and this is what we saw.

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and another
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There were several Sakura trees there, so it would be really pretty this coming spring.
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One of the cherry blossoms.

Going up to the plateau is not free though. The charge is per vehicle so you can packed everyone in vehicle and go 🙂

One of the thing that our guide pointed out was this very old cherry blossom tree.
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Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the description beside it so my memory is a bit vague. If I am not mistaken, I think this tree is more or less 600 years old and was planted by a noble person who visited this place a long long time ago.

I am not sure if they are open in the evening but it would be really pretty to see night view of city of Takamatsu.

So if you ever get to Takamastu City, try to check out this part.

Hope you enjoy the tour. 😉

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. TonyJ2 says:

    Soon off to Takamatsu, very interesting. Please tell me what a ‘fugu’ tour?

    1. samokan says:

      Its a tour operated by Club Tourism. Basically the main theme of the tour is to travel to Takamatsu and have an eat -all you can meal of Fugu. Then onsen, and side trip to Yashima. Their english site is yokoso-japan.jp/en but I don’t think the tour is listed there. Their Japanese site have more tours though. But I don’t recommend it, the quality of the fugu was not that good

      1. TonyJ2 says:

        Thank you for that. I have often sought out local volunteer guides when visiting some new places.

        1. samokan says:

          We did have a local volunteer guide when we got to Yashima so I think you will not have any problem there 🙂

  2. dragonlife says:

    I visited Takamatsu City many times a loooonnnnggg time ago as my first Japanese girl friend lived there! Have you visited Shodoshima Island?

    1. samokan says:

      Wow, i wonder how much have changed since then. No, unfortunately we were on tour so we did not have a choice on where we go.

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