The Historical Remains of Takamatsu Castle (Tamamo Park)

Facing the Seto Inland Sea, this is one of the three Largest Seaside Castles in Japan

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Takamatsu-jo was the resident castle for 4 generations of the Ikoma and 11 successive generations of the Matsudaira feudal clans. It is also known by its nickname, Tamamo-jo. Built facing the Seto Inland Sea, it is counted as one of the three largest seaside castles in Japan. Nowadays, it is open to the general public as Tamamo Park.

Takamatsu-jo once boasted one of the largest keeps in Shikoku, which was torn down in 1884 due to decay. However, the highlights that remain for you to visit include structures that are designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan, such as Mizutegomon Gate and three turrets: Tsukimi, Watari and Ushitora Yagura.
Another Important Cultural Property is Hiunkaku, a traditional building constructed in 1917. It is now used to hold various events, such as tea ceremonies and concerts.

* Every Sunday, from 9 am to 3 pm, the interior of Tsukimi Yagura and the doors of Mizutegomon Gate are open to the public.

Enjoy new experiences such as “Dai Ganjo Joho” which involves feeding sea bream in the moat, fed by tidewaters from the Inland Sea. A variety of events are held year-round, so it’s a good idea to time your sightseeing tours when they are held.

You may also want to check out the original souvenirs sold here, such as Takamatsu Castle keep puzzles and model kits, as well as stickers of Tamamon, a mascot character of a red sea bream swimming in the waters of Takamatsu-jo moats.


  • These are the ruins of a seaside castle facing the Seto Inland Sea.
  • Although no castle keep remains, this site is worth visiting for several of its buildings, designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
  • Have fun feeding the sea bream in the castle moat.
  • They have a complete selection of original souvenirs.
  • In spring, it is crowded with people viewing the cherry blossoms.


  • Tsukimi Yagura Turret & Mizutegomon Gate

    Tsukimi Yagura Turret & Mizutegomon Gate

  • Ushitora Yagura Turret

    Ushitora Yagura Turret

  • Hiunkaku Garden, a place of scenic beauty

    Hiunkaku Garden, a place of scenic beauty

  • The moat fish-feeding experience

    The moat fish-feeding experience

  • A full lineup of original souvenirs

    A full lineup of original souvenirs


  • Emily Wong


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Name in Japanese
Postal Code
2-1 Tamamocho, Takamatsu City, Kagawa
Adults (age 16 and over) 200 yen
Children (6-15 years old) 100 yen
December 29-31
Western Gate: from sunrise to sunset *Hours vary by month
Eastern Gate: From April to September: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm;
From October to March: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
1. About 3 minutes on foot from JR Takamatsu Station
2. About 1 minute on foot from Kotoden Takamatsu-Chikko Station
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