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  • 21. Itami Juzo Kinenkan

    Museum/Gallery

    The late Juzo Itami (1933–97) is regarded as one of Japan's most innovative and captivating film directors, known for his affectionate and absurdist...Read More

  • 22. Kagawa Kenritsu Myuujiamu

    Museum/Gallery

    Just south of the decaying castle park, this museum contains exhibits about Kagawa's history and art. A third-floor exhibit chronicles regional...Read More

  • 23. Katsurahama Beach

    Geological Site

    The prefecture may be known for its great surfing and swimming beaches, but rocky Katsurahama Beach has other attractions. It's best known for...Read More

  • 24. Kazura-Bashi

    Bridge/Tunnel

    Iya's most famous feature is its trio of kazura-bashi (vine bridges) spanning its gorges. The most popular—referred to by most signs, maps...Read More

  • 25. Kochi-jo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    West of downtown's markets and arcades you'll find barrel-chested Kochi Castle, whose feel is more rough-hewn and lived-in than that of other...Read More

  • 26. Konpira-san

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    According to legend, this shrine, which is also known as Kotohira-gu, was founded in the 1st century. It's stood on top of Mt. Zozu ever since...Read More

  • 27. Machiya Shiryokan

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Just northeast of Omori's Wax Workshop, this museum is an 18th-century town house that once belonged to a wealthy family and is now open to...Read More

  • 28. Mare Gracia Omishima

    Bath/Hot Spring

    This public bath complex is like your average friendly Japanese town bathhouse, except for one thing: the extremely salty water. One or two...Read More

  • 29. Matsuyama-jo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Mighty Matsuyama Castle stands on a 433-feet mountain in the middle of town, and the views of the city from here are stunning. Dating from 1603...Read More

  • 30. Muroto Misaki

    Geological Site

    A surreal coastline awaits you at far-off Muroto. The road east from Kochi follows a rugged shoreline cut by inlets and indentations along a...Read More

  • 31. Naoshima Bath I ♥ Yu

    Bath/Hot Spring

    Two minutes on foot from Miyanoura Port is Japan's funkiest public bath ( yu means “hot water”). Created by artist Shinro Otake, the bathhouse...Read More

  • 32. Naruto Whirlpools

    Geological Site

    You can hear the thunderous roar of the giant tidal whirlpools at Naruto Kaikyo (the Naruto Straits) long before you see them. When they come...Read More

  • 33. Nichiyo-ichi Sunday Market

    Market/Bazaar

    Dating back to the late 17th century, this popular market offers a mile of bizarre fruits and vegetables. It's not a great place for souvenir...Read More

  • 34. Omori's Wax Workshop

    Store/Shop/Mall

    The highlight of Yokaichi Street is this shop where an elderly gentleman and his sons make distinctive candles by hand. The smaller ones are...Read More

  • 35. Otsuka Kokusai Bijutsukan

    Museum/Gallery

    On a boardwalk that rings the coastline, this museum of ceramic art is equally impressive and bewildering. Its founders commissioned more than...Read More

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  • 36. Oyamazumi Jinja

    Museum/Gallery

    Omishima, three islands over from Imabari, is home to this expansive shrine. Founded in the 6th century, it honors the Shinto god of mountains...Read More

  • 37. Ri Ufan Bijutsukan

    Museum/Gallery

    Yet another Tadao Ando creation, this museum devoted to Lee Ufan, a much-honored painter and sculptor who was born in Korea but has been based...Read More

  • 38. Sakamoto Ryoma Kinenkan

    Museum/Gallery

    During the turbulent times before the Meiji Restoration, Sakamoto Ryoma was a radical and a revolutionary. The political changes he instigated...Read More

  • 39. Shikoku Mura

    Museum/Gallery

    An open-air museum east of central Takamatsu, Shikoku Mura consists of traditional houses that have been relocated from around Shikoku. The...Read More

  • 40. Taga Jinja

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Visitors flock to this Shinto fertility shrine not far from the train station, though not necessarily to pray: Uwajima's infamous sex museum...Read More

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