Written by MATCHA-PR
Kagawa Gastro Tours: Camping Car Plan
Go on a Kagawa Gastro Tour to immerse yourself in Kagawa and the larger Setouchi region. The Camping Car Plan allows you to enjoy the beautiful mountains and the Seto Inland Sea along with learning how to make delicious udon dishes at UDON HOUSE.
A Three-Day Tour to Experience the Nature of Kagawa and Setouchi
Camping Car Plan - Tour Details
- Enjoy driving an RV and camping.
- Participants get to stay at a camping site that offers gorgeous sunsets.
- The tour includes an udon making workshop at UDON HOUSE.
- There is a time slot when participants can explore the area freely.
1. Get Your RV from Heisei Car Rentals Takamatsu Airport Branch
Once you arrive at Takamatsu Airport (*1), head to the Heisei Car Rentals service counter where the friendly staff will take you to your rental RV. English and Chinese-speaking staff are there to assist you.
*1... You can also pick up your RV at the Heisei Car Rentals shop located near JR Takamatsu Station. The branch can be reached at the following phone number: +81-87-879-7753.
You’ll be guided to your RV by the Heisei Car Rentals staff. Then, it’s off to the campsite to settle in.
2. Iya Valley
RV Park Sun Resort Nio is located one hour-and-a-half by car from the airport. The barbecue starts in the evening. If you pick up your RV in the morning, how about going for a ride around Kagawa and Setouchi during the day?
This secluded valley was carved into the mountain's rocky slopes by the Iya River. In addition to offering breathtaking scenery, Iya Valley also boasts excellent hot springs and is a popular destination for outdoor activities such as hiking and rafting.
The Oboke and Koboke Gorges are other great destinations to visit near Iya. The rapids of the Yoshino River and the rocky walls of the gorge make this area a serious challenge for climbing. Luckily, you can simply take in the amazing view from above.
Iya is located about two hours from Takamatsu Airport and about one hour and forty minutes from the RV Park Sun Resort Nio.
3. Set up Camp at RV Park Sun Resort Nio
The RV Park Sun Resort Nio is located in Mitoyo, about 30 minutes from UDON HOUSE. The facility has all the amenities that a camper needs for a comfortable outdoor experience.
Showers and electrical power are provided for all car camping guests, as well as a comfortable indoor grilling area for everyone to enjoy a Japanese-style barbecue.
You may think that camping food is all hamburgers and hot dogs, but the Camping Car Tour includes the ingredients for a Japanese-style outdoor culinary experience, including savory meat and vegetables that you can cook yourself. You can even try grilled onigiri (rice balls) (*2).
*2... The barbeque is an option of the Camping Car Tour. It requires an extra fee of 3,500 yen per person, which can be paid at the campsite. The onigiri can be bought for an additional 100 yen/piece.
The nearby Sun Cafe is a pizza restaurant that's a favorite of locals.
Mitoyo, where the RV Park Sun Resort Nio is located, is well-known for its delicious fruit. Pizza and seasonal fruit are also included in the barbeque set.
One of the highlights of a day spent at the RV Park Sun Resort Nio is watching the beautiful sunset over the sea. If you prefer to stay inside, you can watch the sun go down from the comfort of your RV.
The campsite also provides easy access to Chichibugahama Beach. This beach is famous for its mirrored sunsets and breathtaking colors at dusk.
The unique beauty of Chichibugahama comes from the sandy tidepools that reflect the colors of the sky against the westward backdrop. It’s definitely one of the most photogenic places in Japan!
4. Panoramic View of Setouchi from Mt. Shiude
On the morning of day two, how about exploring the area around Mitoyo on your own? Head to higher ground to experience a breathtaking panoramic view of Setouchi from the top of Mt. Shiude.
Located only 20 minutes away from the campsite, Mt. Shiude rises 352 meters above sea level. The observatory on the summit offers a panoramic view of the islands dotting the Seto Inland Sea. If you look carefully, you can even see the main island of Japan, Honshu, in the distance.
Before heading to the next destination, return to the campsite or to UDON HOUSE for breakfast or brunch. Here are some recommended dining spots near UDON HOUSE:
- Udon restaurant Kirai-tei (6:00 - 14:00, closed on Wednesdays) (*3)
- Ramen restaurant Hamando (4:00 - 13:00, closed on Wednesdays and Sundays)
- Totto-chan: Rice with Raw Egg (10:00 - 15:00, closed on Tuesdays)
- The food court of the shopping mall youme Town Mitoyo (10:00 - 21:00)
*3... To learn about eating udon and the unique dining system at Kagawa's udon restaurants, please refer to the official leaflet of Kagawa Prefecture.
5. Learn How to Make Sanuki Udon at UDON HOUSE
UDON HOUSE is a modern, comfortable hostel in Mitoyo, designed to introduce its guests to Kagawa and all things udon.
At UDON HOUSE, you’ll learn the history of Sanuki udon and why it has become the comfort food of Kagawa locals.
Sanuki is the historical name of Kagawa and the dish was named after it. Fresh noodles, iriko dashi (sardine broth), and local vegetables -- these are the essential ingredients for Sanuki udon and what makes its flavor so special.
Tour participants visit local farms where they get to pick fresh vegetables. These will then be cooked into delicious tempura and added to the udon dishes made by the participants.
After the cooking workshop at UDON HOUSE, you'll go back to the RV Park Sun Resort Nio to spend the night at the campsite.
Before going back to Takamatsu Airport or JR Takamatsu Station to return the RV (*4), how about visiting a few other places in Kagawa?
*4... Please return the RV by 19:00. If you wish to use the RV longer, an extra fee is required: 27,500 yen for one day or 13,750 yen for half a day.
1. Kotohira - A Tranquil, Traditional Town
Kotohira is located around forty minutes from RV Park Sun Resort Nio and is considered to be where the first udon restaurant in Japan was.
The main attraction of Kotohira is Kotohira Shrine, one of the ancient shrines in the Setouchi region and a historical pilgrimage site. The shrine has historically received many visitors, allowing the udon restaurant business to flourish.
Climb the 785 steps lined with traditional shops to the top and enjoy a moment of tranquility. Along the path are several cafes and stores; you can even visit Kinryo Sake, a 200-year-old brewery.
Not sure what to do next? Drop by the local tourist information center Kotori where the staff can assist you in English and help you plan the rest of the day.
2. Sea Kayaking: The Best Way to Explore the Seto Inland Sea
Picture courtesy of Free Cloud
For the adventurous traveler, sea kayaking is a great way to experience the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea. The Free Cloud sea kayaking tours are a great way to explore the calm waters of the Seto Inland Sea.
You can also try SUP paddleboarding and other marine sports, all from the convenience of the camping site at Nio (*5).
*5... Please make a reservation before going to Free Cloud.
With so much to experience in Kagawa and Setouchi, it’s no wonder why so many travelers prefer traveling in an RV to experience the scenic beauty of the region. Enjoy a trip with family, friends, and loved ones.
Written by Lance
Supported by Udon Tourism Promotion Association