Most everything in Japan has a mascot or two, but I’ve got to say a whole painted out Dolphin Train on the Kotoden Line in Takamatsu was one of the cutest mascot branding in Japan I’ve ever seen. The Takamatsu-Kotohira line aka Kotoden has a smart card ticketing service called “IruCa” a play on iruka (イルカ/海豚) meaning dolphin. So of course they have a super cute dolphin mascot and one of their trains is done completely in dolphin logo.
Even bus stops got the treatment. So cute, right? Cutest train I’ve ever been on.
Tamamo Park (Tamamo-koen 玉藻公園) home to Takamatsu Castle which is in the process of being rebuilt. Maybe I was there on an off day but it was free.
And as always I document manhole covers throughout Japan. They’re really fancy.
Takamatsu Symbol Tower (高松シンボールタワー) has an observation deck and the first picture was from there. Then I walked to Tamamo Breakwater which is where the lighthouse & pier and located in the picture. I went during sunset and I was a great way to end a day spent seeing nice sights and hiking around. I would’ve liked to take a ferry to Ogijima or Megijima the small outlying islands near Takamatsu, but I ran out of time.
I really recommend heading to Takamatsu. In a day I hit most of the sights and it’s definitely a different experience than mainland Honshu Japan. Be sure to check out my other posts about Shikoku island.
spending note: Money spent that day other than hotel was around $27 USD including transport and food. Japan travel doesn’t have to be expensive. I’ll keep trying to do this to remind that being a tourist in Japan is very budget doable without having to compromise on seeing amazing things.