TakamatsuThe Kagawa Museum

Folding Screen that Depicts Takamatsu Castle and the Surrounding Cityscape




Samurai Armor Experience



The Kagawa Museum is located in a scenic and well-connected location near JR Takamatsu Station and Takamatsu Port. This establishment functions both as a museum and an art gallery. It is a hub for a wide range of activities that present, promote, and research the cultural history of Kagawa Prefecture.
The museum offers a comprehensive look at the history of Kagawa Prefecture. The permanent exhibition includes a collection of replicas representing various historical artifacts related to the Matsudaira Clan, a samurai clan that controlled the Takamatsu Domain (present-day Kagawa Prefecture) in the 17th and 18th centuries. There is a folding screen with eight panels that accurately depict Takamatsu Castle and the surrounding cityscape from the mid-17th century. The folding screen has also been designated a Tangible Cultural Property by the prefectural government. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum holds various special exhibitions of historical and cultural artifacts from the collection of Nationally Designated Important Cultural Properties. There are also periodical exhibitions linked to Setouchi Triennale, a contemporary art festival that is held every three years on various islands in the Seto Inland Sea.
On the first floor of the museum, you will find a hands-on learning corner where you can try on traditional outfits. You can choose between a junihitoe, a formal court dress that was worn in the Heian period by noble women, or a set that combines the traditional armor (yoroi) and helmet (kabuto) worn by the samurai in feudal Japan. The traditional outfit experience is free of charge and does not require reservations. The staff at the museum will help you put on the outfits, which usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes.

Cultural Property Category

Important cultural property


10-minute walk from JR Takamatsu Station, Kotoden Takamatsu-Chikko Station, and Takamatsu Port

Operating Hours

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Admission until 4:30 p.m.)


Mondays (If a Monday falls on a holiday, closed the following weekday)
December 26 to January 1


410 yen for adults, free for high school students and younger and senior citizens (65 and older)

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