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Experience the Spirit of Japanese Hospitality, Omotenashi, along the Sanuki no Michi Road –the Spirit of Omotenashi for You, for Here, for Now–

Regional: Sanuki

Sanuki udon noodles are believed to have been brought back from China by Kukai, a Japanese Buddhist monk. Because the climate and soil of Sanuki Plain is suitable for growing wheat, good quality wheat has been cultivated here since early times. Dried young sardines, salt and other local resources are combined with the wheat to create what we call Sanuki udon today. Although Kagawa is famous as the “Udon prefecture”, there are also lots of other fascinating attractions down the Sanuki no Michi Road.

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Local food: Sanuki Udon

Sanuki udon, which has been eaten in households since early times, is characterized by its firm texture. There are a variety of udon menu items including traditional shippoku udon or uchikomi udon (noodles loaded with seasonal vegetables cooked in soup stock) and exquisite olive beef udon, which is a fusion of beef produced from olive-fed cattle and a premium local wheat brand called “Sanuki no Yume.”

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Local food: Olive Pork Cutlet

A variety of seasonal Sanuki cuisine: olive pork produced from olive-fed pigs, olive yellowtail raised on bait mixed with olive leaves, the very sweet “Sanuki San Fruit” comprised of a variety of original cultivars, a local dish called kankan zushi which uses Spanish mackerel caught in the Setouchi area in spring, all help you enjoy your visit.

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Scenery: Pilgrimage Route

Manno Pond, Japan’s largest irrigation reservoir, Honenike Dam, Japan's first multi-arch dam resembling a medieval European castle, and pilgrimage routes in a reflective atmosphere; the photogenic scenery enriches the hearts of visitors.

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Experience: Making Udon Noodles

Making udon noodles, farming experiences during a farmhouse stay, picking the original strawberry cultivar “Sanukihime,” yellowtail feeding in the Ado Pond where yellowtail farming originally started, and staying in temple lodging; there are a variety of attractions that can only be experienced here in Sanuki.

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Sightseeing route: Zentsuji Temple Lodging Iroha-Kaikan Hall

Stroll around Manno Pond which fertilizes the Sanuki Plain, make handmade udon noodles at Nakano Udon School, and stay in the lodging at Zentsuji Temple. Wake up early for the morning religious service, enjoy walking a pilgrimage route or strawberry picking, and stay at a farmhouse in the Gomyo area. Visit the fascinating Sanuki no Michi Road, and make your experience an original one!

Inquiries

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Name Kagawa Prefecture Tourism Association
URL http://www.my-kagawa.jp/

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