Ferry terminal ticket office in Takamatsu.

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One Last Morning in Takamatsu

I checked out of the guesthouse and walked through fog and mist to the train station. I could store my pack in a locker and have a last half-day in Takamatsu.

Luggage lockers in the Takamatsu station.

Here's o-henro-san, a pilgrim walking the 88 Temples path.

Pilgrim walking the 88 Temple path.

I went to the Takamatsu art museum, which has an impressive collection of Modern and Contemporary western art, plus the traditional arts of Kagawa prefecture.

Takamatsu art museum.

Late Lunch

After the art museum, I went through the covered markets to get out of the light rain. I got a late lunch at a soup place, one last Shikoku udon.

Udon restaurant in the covered markets.

Matcha, green tea. And, of course, おしぼり or oshibori, the hot wet towel that always comes before a meal.

Matcha and oshibori in a udon restaurant in the covered markets.

Tempura prawn and Shikoku udon.

Udon with tempura prawn in the covered markets.

There is attention to detail in everything in Japan, including finely machined toothpicks.

Nicely made toothpick in an udon restaurant in the covered markets.

It's time to drop a card in the post box and walk to the train station and collect my pack.

Post box in Takamatsu.

By Ferry to Naoshima

The Sunport ferry port lets you move from the train station to the ferry under cover.

The unusually decorated poles are a preview of the art on some of the islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

Takamatsu Sunport ferry port.

The ferry has just arrived and offloaded the arriving vehicles.

Takamatsu Sunport ferry port.

I will buy my ticket to Naoshima, just ¥520. There are five ferries a day: 0820–0902, 1014–1104, 1240–1330, the one I'm taking at 1535–1625, and 1805–1855.

Buying tickets at Takamatsu Sunport ferry port.

Here we go.

Boarding the ferry to Naoshima.
Boarding the ferry to Naoshima.

This run of the ferry is lightly loaded.

On board the ferry to Naoshima.

So, I sat all the way forward, looking out over the forward ramp.

We have just left the ferry port, and we're passing the south end of Megijima.

Passing Megijima.

On we go, into the Seto Inland Sea.

Outbound from Takamatsu.

Naoshima, other small islands, and the largest Japanese island of Honshū lie ahead of us.

Other islands and the Honshū coast in the distance.

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Suntory Highball.

We're headed for the narrow passage between Kojin island and Naoshima. There are almost 3,000 islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

Approaching Naoshima.

Kojin to port, Naoshima to starboard, and Honshū in the distance.

Passage between Kojin island and Naoshima.

We have turned to enter the Naoshima port.

Arriving at Naoshima port.

Down to the vehicle deck to disembark.

Waiting to disembark.

Now we can go ashore.

The ramp is down.

I have walked through the ferry terminal and am nearing the main street along the waterfront.

Leaving the ferry terminal.

The blue building back the passageway is the Domi Kowloon, where I'm staying.

Arriving at Domi Kowloon.

Continue to my visit to Naoshima, where the rain ended the evening after I arrived.

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Kansai region, central Honshū — Kyōto, Nara, Kōya-san, Ise, and Ōsaka
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