Kagawa Prefectural Government Office East Building
The modernist architecture was designed by Tange Kenzo, who was one of the most recognized architects in Japan. Tange worked on the major construction project at the request of Kaneko Masanori, who shouldered the post-war reconstruction of Kagawa as prefectural governor. Kaneko was often called by nicknames of the "governor of design" or "governor of architecture." The East Building displays the fine beauty of Japan's traditional architectural style with modern materials such as concrete pillars and beams. It has a spacious public area at the entrance where people gather and relax. The free area was added to the government facility at Kaneko's request as well.
Exposed to wind and rain over years, the magnificent dam has a dignified and distinctive appearance that may remind you of an ancient castle from the medieval Europe. The first multiple-arch dam in Japan is designated as an important national property. It's been nearly 90 years since the construction, the Honen-Ike Dam remains active as an important water supplier for local farms.
(Old) Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium
The old gymnasium in Kagawa is often called a "twin" of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium (the Yoyogi National Stadium / the Yoyogi 1st Gymnasium) in Tokyo that was built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Both buildings were designed by Tange Kenzo in the same period. The unique architecture has a dynamic shape of a Japan's traditional wooden vessel. It has been closed since 2014 due to problems with its earthquake resistance. There are growing public voices in the country demanding that the historical architecture be preserved.
By air, it takes about 80 minutes from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Takamatsu Airport in Kagawa.