- Takamatsu, Kagawa
Infobox City Japan
CityHallAddress= 1-8-15 Banchō, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa-ken
CityHallLink= [http://www.city.takamatsu.kagawa.jp/ City of Takamatsu]
nihongo|Takamatsu|高松市|Takamatsu-shi is located in central
Kagawa Prefectureon the island of Shikokuin Japan, and is the seat of the prefectural government. It is designated a core cityby the Japanese Government. It is a port city located on the Inland Sea, and is the closest port to Honshufrom Shikoku island. For this reason it flourished under the Daimyo(feudal lords) as a castle town in the fiefdom of Takamatsu, during the Edo Period. Takamatsu is a city with a large concentration of nationwide companies' branch offices, which play a large role in its economy, and it contains most of the federal government's branch offices for Shikoku. The castle tower formerly used as the symbol of the city was destroyed during the Meiji PeriodIn 2004, construction of the Symbol Tower, the new symbol of Takamatsu, was completed.
The Takamatsu metropolitan region has a population of 670,000, making it the largest in Shikoku.
Takamatsu Airportis located in Takamatsu.
Geography and Demographics
March 1, 2006, the city has an estimated populationof 426,514 with a population density of 1137 persons per km². The total area is 375.05 km² following the September 26, 2005and January 10, 2006expansions, in which the towns of Shionoe, Mure, Aji, Kagawa, Konan, and Kokubunji merged into the city.
History and tourism
The city was officially founded on
February 15, 1890. It had been a political and economic center in this area since the Edo periodwhen the Matsudaira clanmade Takamatsu the capital of their han.
Since the opening of the
Great Seto Bridge, trains service carries passengers between Takamatsu and Uno ( Tamano, Okayama).
The city's major tourist attraction is
Ritsurin Park, a beautiful garden, created in the Edo period.
Takamatsu Castle's "tenshu" (keep) is being reconstructed and will be a tourist attraction when completed. [ [http://www.shikoku-np.co.jp/feature/takamatsu_castle/ 特集 高松城跡天守台石垣修理―四国新聞社 ] ] [ [http://www.jcastle.info/castle/profile/80-Takamatsu-Castle Takamatsu Castle ] ]
Takamatsu is twinned with:
* Sister Cities
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
* Friendship Cities
Nanchang, People's Republic of China
*Takamatsu is one of the settings in
Haruki Murakami's novel " Kafka on the Shore".
Prefectures of Japan
* [http://www.city.takamatsu.kagawa.jp/ Official website] in Japanese
* [http://www.notesfromshikoku.com/ Notes From Shikoku] in English
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