Off the coast of Kagawa Prefecture is Megijima Island (女木島), a small island well known for being the basis the popular Japanese folklore Momotaro. In addition to its association to Momotaro, visitors will a cave, sandy beaches, and an observation deck atop the mountain.
According to the legend of Momotaro, a small boy set upon defeating the resident ogres on Onigashima, the Ogre Island. Within Megijima’s mountains, visitors will find a cave near the highest peak. Caves were known to be the ogres’ fortress. And the cave on Megijima Mountain will not disappoint its visitors, with some chambers displaying scenes from the Momotaro story.
Visitors will enjoy the mountaintop park near the cave showing off breathtaking views of the Seto Inland Sea and its islands from its observation deck. Opposite the observation deck, visitors will find a statue of Nichiren, the founder of the Nichiren sect of Japanese Buddhism.
In the summer, visitors can enjoy the sandy beaches located not too far away from the ferry port. There are many Japanese style bread and breakfasts called minshuku here where visitors can spend the night as well.
Walking through the island, visitors will feel a sense of nostalgia, examining the old wooden homes and narrow streets. The terminal building is one of the few modern buildings on the island. Visitors can find an information counter here. Bicycles to explore the island can be rented here as well. Snacks can also be purchased here.
Megijima is also the one of the venues used in the Setouchi Triennale Art Festival. The island is the permanent home to a few art pieces for the 2010 and 2013 show.
Note: Many of the pieces may not be seen during the week and in the winter.
From Takamatsu Port, there is a ferry which operates between the port, Megijima and Ogijima. There is a ferry every two hours. The one-way journey will take about 20 minutes and the fare is 370 yen.
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