General information

Kanonji (Japanese: 観音寺市) is a middle town within Kagawa prefecture in the Shikoku region. Sister cities of Kanonji are Appleton in the USA and Kusatsu in Japan.

In the city there is a fishing harbour. With its 3 train stations, Kanonji is connected to regional rail.

Famous persons connected with Kanonji are Masayoshi Ohira (1910 - 1980), Sunao Ashihara (born 1949) and Koji Mise (born 1976).

Tourist attraction


Top destinations for your sightseeing are the Coin-shaped sand painting (jap. 銭形砂絵) throughout the year, the Honen-pond dam (jap. 豊稔池堰堤) throughout the year and the Chosa-hall (jap. ちょうさ会館) throughout the year.

The Chosa-festival (jap.: ちょうさまつり) is worth another visit. Drive to Ibuki-jima, where you can experience Iriko (dried sardines). Another attraction is the Unpen-temple ropeway (jap.: 雲辺寺ロープウェイ), which takes place in Onohara-cho Marui, where the ropeway raises the interest of visitors.


Kanonji is culturally rich. National heritage respectively national treasure is the Honen-pond Ononhara-burial mounds group.


Attention please! The Coin-shape festival fireworks will take place. There will be 3.000 rockets shot into the air. You can best watch the venue from Yumei-ground.

Onsen / Hot spring

Wellness and health? In Kanonji no Problem. The hot spring Kotohiki-kairo invites you to relax. The address is Ariakecho. In addition, the city is blessed with the other hot spring Kanpo-no-yado. Go for this to Ikenoshiri-cho.


What Kanonji travellers should culinary try is Iriko-sake. The Kawatsuru-brewery in Motodaicho offers this delicious treat. White miso beans mochi Zoni Udon is another delicacy. Gourmets can eat this in Kanakuma-Mochi (Address: Ueda-cho).


Do you already own a souvenir from Kanonji? You could buy for example Iriko (dried sardines), available in the Way station Kotohiki.


Discover the cherry blossom in Kanonji from 03/21 to 04/10, best in the Kotohiki-park (jap. 琴弾公園). The maple tree changing colour is the highlight in the romantic autumn. Discover in the Hosen-temple (jap. 法泉寺), how the leaves turn from golden yellow to shining red from around 11/11 and the changing of colours lasts until 11/20.


Successful business

A functioning local economy can set many impulses for the region. Particularly encouraging is the fact that Samson Co., Ltd., Foodrecc K.K. and Misumaru Sangyo Co., Ltd. belong to the top companies in Kanonji. Samson Co., Ltd. is in the field of Boiler production, Foodrecc K.K. in the sector Production of sterile cooked rice and Misumaru Sangyo Co., Ltd. active in the area of dry laminate.



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