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“Fascinating, beautifully curated historical village”

Shikoku Mura Village
Ranked #3 of 211 things to do in Takamatsu
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Reviewed October 30, 2016

This is a wonderfully interesting open air museum with buildings from various parts of the area including family farm houses, production facilities for things like soy sauce and sugar, a kabuki theatre and so forth. It's set on a hillside and the terrain is very rocky, completely unsuitable for anybody who cannot walk up hills or on uneven surfaces. Take a stick if you are unsure on your feet. But for those who do go, it is a magical setting filled with rocks and waterfalls and forests. At the entrance is a traditional udon noodle making place and restaurant where you can have a meal before or after your visit - recommended! There are excellent information boards in English for all displays and a good route map and directional signs to get you around. We spent about three and a half hours there. We caught the Kotoden train from Kawaramachi station to Kotoden Yashima station then walked ten minutes to the park entry. TRains go every half hour or so and cost 240 yen each way.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank mbloggs
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Reviewed September 6, 2016

This is not an expansive open air museum, but it is in a beautiful setting and has excellent information in Japanese and English posted by each structure. The buildings were moved from Shinkoku Island and are from the Edo and Meiji period and include farmhouses, workshops, and even lighthouses. A vine suspension bridge will entice the daring. The art museum is quite small but has some very interesting pieces in its collection including some small primitive bronzes figures, ancient glassware from Syria and Iran, and an original Rodin bronze. If you are in the area and have any interest in this type of museum, I would definitely recommend it.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed August 20, 2016

Shikoku Mura village is well worth the slightly confusing journey. Another reviewer has provided directions. We started by having delicious ramen at the restaurant.
This interesting site consists of old wooden and bamboo constructions of both homes and light industrial buildings, such as the soya sauce factory,It is set in a forested landscape of trees and bamboo. The journey through the site is upwards, and while not excessively steep , it can be tiring in the heat.
The constructions are able to be viewed inside and out and contain relevant objects to their story. The usefulness of bamboo for building is evident as you go from one building to another.
The vine and wood suspension bridge is exciting to cross but be aware there is considerable space between the wooden slats.
There is a kabuki theatre but no production was on when we were there.
At the top of the hill is a small Ando Tadao designed museum with an amazing concrete water garden and great views. The museum space is small but when we visited contained middle eastern glassware and ceramicss and a variety of early 20 th century by artists such as Picasso and Bonnard.
I would estimate an hour and a half to two hours to visit this site, particularly in hot weather. We thoroughly enjoyed it. For more information see,

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 12, 2016

A lot of traditional buildings were moved to this site from various locations in Shikoku. It helps you understand the life of people in the old time. What impressed me most is the Udon restaurant. I tried the best udon in Shikoku.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank TWHK
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Reviewed March 29, 2016

At the Yashima train station there are no directions in English to Shikoku-mura and even the signs that are there are not very informative. To get there turn right as you leave the station and go about a block and the road dead ends. Go left up the hill and the the village is there. The Minka-en museum (Nihon Minka-en) near Tokyo is more extensive for examples of traditional Japanese architecture. However, if you are interested in the history of sugar cane processing or soy sauce production in Japan, Shikoku-mura has a good exhibits of buildings and machinery. I also found the fisherman’s house exhibit interesting because it had a collection of ceramic octopus traps of two sizes and also ceramic fish net weights. There were just piles of these objects and they could have been better displayed but it was interesting to see how they might have been used.
I went during the week and did not encounter any other visitors.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank thewestxyz
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