Yashima

Shigeki Naganuma

Feb 6, 2018

If you’re heading towards Kagawa Prefecture, one place you won’t regret visiting is the lava plateau locals call Yashima, which literally translates to “a roof island”.

Yashima earned its name from its wide, flat surface which resembles the rooftops of houses in Japan. And although the site has changed over the centuries, this spot remains historically significant for Japan because it stood as the battlefield of the five-year-long Genpei War from 1180 – 1185.

Up here, you get a bird’s eye view of Takamatsu’s cityscape and how it gradually blends to meet the Seto Inland Sea. You can also pop into Yasjima-ji Temple which sits as the 84th temple covered on the Shikoku Pilgrimage – there are 88 temples in total – as well as the Shin Yashima Aquarium which is uniquely located on the top of the mountain (entry fees are 1200 yen for adults).

If your legs are tired from all your travels, don't worry – there are shuttle buses to the Shin Yashima Aquarium from JR Yashima Station and Kotoden Yashima Station, where the latter also has a shuttle to Yasjima-ji Temple.

So don’t forget to make a stop at Yashima, for a day’s worth of unwinding with nature before you head back down to the city. You’ll absolutely lava it.

屋島は香川県にある屋根の形をした溶岩台地で、日本の歴史上の戦である源平合戦(1180~1185年)の古戦場としても有名です。屋根型の山上からは穏やかな瀬戸の海と一体となった高松市街が一望できます。また、山上には、四国八十八ケ所霊場の第84番札所の「屋島寺」や、世界的にも珍しいとされる山頂の水族館「新屋島水族館」(大人1200円)などもあり、観光スポットとしては一日十分に楽しむことができます。7月に無料化されたばかりのドライブウェイも好評です。自然を体感したい方は、ぜひ屋島を訪れてみてはいかがでしょうか。

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