Major Attractions and Events
Venturing out to “Onigashima”
People have suggested Megijima was the setting for the famous old Japanese story, Momotaro – Peach Boy. Wicked demons used to live there, or so they say.
This is the Demon Cavern, which was discovered about a hundred years ago.
The cavern is four hundred meters long and four thousand square meters large.
It is more than twenty-five degrees Celsius outside but only about ten degrees inside the cavern.
Some local people say that the pirates used to use this cavern as their hiding place. Today, it is a tourist attraction for experiencing the scary world of the pirates who were fearful demons for the local populace.
Kinashi -- major producer of “bonsai”
Keiji Kandaka, the head of the Kinashi Bonsai Growers’ Association, grows tens of thousands of bonsai at home.
There is a very old looking bonsai at the rear. More than two hundred years old, it was once in the possession of a famous politician. If sold on the market, it would probably fetch several tens of millions of yen.
“The fundamental point about bonsai is to grow the tree yourself with the same beautiful forms as it would have in nature. It has to look like a tree that has grown naturally for decades, centuries.”
Sanukite stones make beautiful sound when struck
Sanukite is a valuable rock of this region. It is a kind of andesite formed by the cooling of a magma and very rich in magnesium.
An instrument known as stone “koto” is carved out of this rock. Its bars, made of sanukite stone, have different lengths -- with the longest on the left.
“It is only natural stone but the resonance is really nice. It is a very light sound that seems to spread out through the air.”
Handmade “udon” noodles -- local specialty
“Udon” noodles are Takamatsu’s specialty. Traditionally handmade, the noodles are known for their chewiness.
The restaurant recommends a simple dish of freshly boiled noodles mixed with raw egg and eaten with a little soy sauce.
“They are soft because they have only just been made but yes, it's chewy.”
Takamatsu Airport is a roughly one hour twenty minute flight from Haneda Airport in Tokyo. It takes about forty minutes by limousine bus from the airport into the city.