10 Things to Do in Sakaide That You Shouldn't Miss

October 28, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Sakaide is a city located in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. As of May 2017, the city has an estimated population of 52,281 and a population density of 570 persons per km². The total area is 92.46 km². The city was founded on July 1, 1942.
Restaurants in Sakaide

1. Yoshima Parking Area

587 Nishikata Yoshimacho, Sakaide 762-0071, Kagawa Prefecture +81 877-43-0502
Excellent
30%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

Yoshima Parking Area

Reviewed By Michael L - Tokushima, Japan

In Japan, they like to rate things - and there of course are the three best places in Japan to see a sunset. Or more, depending on which website you look at. This place is not on any of those lists, but it should be.
If your travels are going to take you across the Seto-Ohashi Bridge between Honshu and Shikoku, I highly recommend timing it so that you can stop at this rest area in the late afternoon, give yourself a little time to eat dinner, and then go outside and relax as the sun sets over the Inland Sea. The Islands in the distance, the ships slowly chugging through the straights, and even the industrial city of Marugame in the distance make for a very lovely scene.
Their is a food court, which provides the usual fare for rest stops. There is also an udon restaurant with a view, but this closes at 5:00. Above the restaurant is an observation deck with a fairly good view, but you can also walk around the small park to the south of the parking lot and get other good views.
There is also some sort of oil refinery to the south, along the path of the bridge. I find this place is an interesting combination of both the natural and industrial faces of Japan. If you are in the area, and the timing is right, this is a nice spot for a break.

2. Marugame Castle

Ichibancho, Marugame 763-0025, Kagawa Prefecture +81 877-24-8816
Excellent
30%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 342 reviews

Marugame Castle

Reviewed By Gary B - Belfast, United Kingdom

Marugame is a fantastic little castle, one of the 12 originals in Japan. It is good walk a bit hot and humid in July, with a great view of the city. Got some wonderful photos even with it being overcast.

3. Goshoji Temple

1435 Utazucho, Utazu-cho, Ayauta-gun 769-0210, Kagawa Prefecture +81 877-49-0710
Excellent
11%
Good
78%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Goshoji Temple

Reviewed By Lara N - Takamatsu, Japan

Although we have been to this temple several times, it is always pretty and seems to change with the seasons. Be sure to explore the hill behind the temple with a small shrine filled with tanuki, or "racoon dogs" and the somber crypt with Kannon statues dedicated to lost children. The garden is especially lovely in the spring.

4. Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Museum

224-13 Shamijima, Sakaide 762-0066, Kagawa Prefecture +81 877-44-1333
Excellent
33%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Museum

Reviewed By KC930 - Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong

It’s smaller than what I was expecting. I feel there were more paintings by Higashiyama Kaii san at this other museum of his somewhere else in Japan (think it was Nagano?). Nevertheless, love his paintings so this was worth the trip from Sakaide Station. The cafe has an awesome view of the Seto Ohashi bridge. I didn’t sit down at the cafe though and instead walked to the area outside the cafe (which you don’t need tickets to get to, if the museum doesn’t interest you). There are benches there too!
To get to this museum, if you don’t have a car (like me) you can either rent a bicycle from Sakaide Station (available at the Tourist Information Centre) or take the very infrequent bus from Sakaide Station. Caveat is you have to return the bike by 16:30 so that didn’t work for me and it was a rather dark and gloomy day - not very pleasant to cycle especially in an industrial area. The bus that returns to the station is past 18:00 and by then it will be too dark and cold (it’s a very deserted area! And the museums close at 17:00 and there is absolutely nothing else there). So I called a taxi (the staff at the Seto Ohashi Memorial Hall kindly helped me call) and for reference it was 2160 yen for me. Better than walking or waiting for the bus for 1h+ in the dark!
In hindsight I should’ve tried to go earlier in the day and cycle there...

5. Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art

80-1 Hamamachi, Marugame 763-0022, Kagawa Prefecture +81 877-24-7755
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art

Reviewed By Mish_H50 - Japan

I didnt know either artist, but I found Genchiro Inokuma very varied and it was interesting to see the differences in his works - the way his paintings evolved.
Ohtake's exhibition was awesome- crazy, insane, colorful, all over the place. Loved it, an awesome contemporary artist. Its up until November 2013- worth it if you are in the area!
the building itself, the entrance is also cool.

6. Ubushina Shrine

1597, Utazu-cho, Ayauta-gun 769-0210, Kagawa Prefecture
Excellent
16%
Good
76%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Ubushina Shrine

Reviewed By Lara N - Takamatsu, Japan

Ubushina shrine is not a destination, but a beautiful stop if you are in the area. The small shrine has a long staircase leading up to a maze of shady paths that have surprising turns with interesting rocks and views. At the base is a little park for a toddler to enjoy stretching legs and running around. Be sure to look for the break in the rock fence in the parking lot which leads to Ubushina Udon. It has good food at a reasonable price.

7. Seto Ohashi Memorial Park

6-1 Bannosumidoricho, Sakaide 762-0065, Kagawa Prefecture +81 877-45-2344
Excellent
23%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 77 reviews

Seto Ohashi Memorial Park

Reviewed By Mcdull J - Hong Kong, China

It is a nice park with beautiful view. Not much people and you can have a nice and romantics walk with your boy/girl friend and take a good rest. We also enjoyed the cake set in the lounge of the Art Museum with beautiful view so much.

8. Gold Tower

8-1 Hama1Bancho, Utazu-cho, Ayauta-gun 769-0201, Kagawa Prefecture +81 877-49-4111
Excellent
22%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 31 reviews

Gold Tower

Reviewed By mengbei - Shanghai

I think this place is good for kids. I only tried the bowling, the facility is really out of condition. besides this, I didn't find any else interesting.
it's quite dead in the night. I am the only one playing there. so didn't feel the excitement at all. feel sorry for the whole property, the business must be strugglling for a while. for such a small town, not enough demand could support this concept.
good luck!

9. Seto Ohashi Commemorative Museum

6-13 Bannosumidoricho, Sakaide 762-0065, Kagawa Prefecture +81 877-45-2344
Excellent
38%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Seto Ohashi Commemorative Museum

Reviewed By Easytravel88 - Hong Kong, China

We visited the museum on our way back fro Shikoku to Honshu. The museum is about 15 minutes drive from Marugame city and is situated next to and underneath the Seto Ohashi Bridge which connects Shikoku to Honshu. Parking is free. The musuem is a little weird-looking building with a pyramid-shaped roof. The rooftop observation deck offers a good look of the Seto Ohashi Bridge. I guess the exhibits inside the museum give a good guide about the history and construction of the Seto Ohashi Bridge, and the movies were interesting although we just understood a little bit of it.

10. Michi-no-Eki Koibito no Seichi Utazu Rinkai Park

4 Hama 1bancho, Utazu-cho, Ayauta-gun 769-0201, Kagawa Prefecture +81 877-49-0860
Excellent
22%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Michi-no-Eki Koibito no Seichi Utazu Rinkai Park

Reviewed By Budsantosa - Jakarta, Indonesia

I went here by bike and I love sitting on the edge enjoying the afternoon of kagawa air. In this park, you can see the Seto Inland Sea, and the Seto Ohashi bridge is also a panoramic view of the spectacular view

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