Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Yashima 屋島 mean “roof island” is a flat-topped mountain 20 mins away from Takamatsu’s city center. We were heading to Yashima to stay a night there.  Yashima is famous for its sunset in Shikoku.

Takamatsu City

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

From Takamatsu city center, you still need to drive for about half an hour to reach Yashima.  You will pass through the famous Yashima Shrine, then drive for another 15 mins to reach Yashima.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

The mountain drive is manageable as the roads are wide enough.  However when you are at the top of the mountain, there is not much shop open after 5 pm. So you need to buy something up or book dinner at your hotel.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

When you approach the tunnel, you are not that far away from Yashima.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

After you came out from the tunnel, you see beautiful ocean view of Seto Inland Sea at a glance.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

For local Japanese people Yashima is famous because a battle has been fought there between the Taira and the Minamoto-clan in 1185 that influenced domestic politics for the next 200 years.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Yashima has been elected among Japan’s top places to see the sunset.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Yashima Aquarium

There is an aquarium at the top of Yashima Mountain but we did not go in as it was about to close when we arrived in Yashima.  Closes at 5pm.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Pond of Blood / Chi no Ike

Nearby there is a small pond called Chi no Ike meaning “Pond of Blood” where the victorious Minamoto warriors supposedly cleansed their swords.

 

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

What is Tanuki in Japan ? The Japanese Racoon Dog 

Have you realised that you often seen tanuki outside of a restaurants or shops in Japan?

Tanuki or Racoon Dog is believed to bring in prosperity and business success. The tanuki role is similar to the Maneki neko/ the cat. Tanuki is commonly depicted with a big tummy, a straw hat and a bewildered cute facial expression.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Where to stay in Yashima?  Bokaiso Hotel

Bokaiso Hotel is located at the top Yashima Mountain. The hotel is not big which only has 8 western style rooms with either sea view or mountain view.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

There is a mongen “門限” / cut off time to enter the hotel.  After 10 pm, the electric auto door is not working so you have to use your hand to pull to the side to open and enter.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Kawara Nage @ 200 Yen / USD 1.80

Kawara nage biscuit was seen selling at the front desk.  People throw Kawara nage in the air towards the ocean and make wish, hoping to get good fortune.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Introducing Genkan

Genkan are traditional Japanese entryway are for a house or hotel. It is a place for you to remove your shoes before entering the building. Even though Bokaiso Hotel is a western style hotel, it still has a genkan.

To enter the hotel, you need to take off your shoes and put it in the shoes rack provided.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

The hotel does not has a lift so you need to carry your big luggage up.  There is only 2 storey.  All rooms are at the second storey.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Hotel Room Review

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Once you enter the room, there is another genkan for you to leave the common slippers and walk in with barefoot or with socks only.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

It has Canopy Bed !

The room is very spacious which can fit two queen size bed with bed curtain (canopy bed) and an additional bed at the side. The canopy bed is really beautiful and romantic which look like the French Palace bedroom.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Additional Bed

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

There is a little dining area but only two chairs available.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Room with sea view

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Night sea view

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Toilet & Bathroom Review

Toilet and bathroom are separated which is a good thing as it is neat.  Japanese toilet are amazing to use as mentioned as it has all the button for you to press on and advance features.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Japanese Style of Bath

Bokaiso Hotel has no public bath but the bath is inside each room. There is a stool for you to sit and shower till clean which is very Japanese style, then go inside the bathtub and enjoy the soaking for 10 mins.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Our Supermarket Dinner

We did not book our dinner in the hotel so we drove out to Takamatsu town get our dinner at Direx supermarket (Click here if you want to see how a local supermarket looks like in Japan neighborhood).  There is no shops or restaurants open after 5 pm in Yashima, so make sure you have something to eat while you are up the Yashima mountain.  Pre-book of dinner is needed when you made your hotel booking.  Dinner course in the hotel is not cheap but I suspect they have a good kaiseki Ryori/Kaiseki meal. (Traditional multi-course Japanese dinner)

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

What we bought from the local supermarket :

  • chuka kurage/season jelly fish @ 131 yen (USD 1.20)
  • sushi @ 429 yen (USD 3.80)
  • sashimi @ 429 yen (USD3.80)
  • ika karage/fried squid @ 278 yen (USD 2.50)
  • Gyudon/beef bowl @ 321 yen ( USD 2.85)
  • potato salad @ 99 yen (USD 0.90)
  • cabbage salad  @ 100 yen (USD 0.90)
  • kobachi /small dish @ 178 yen (USD 1.60)
  • dessert : mochi with kinako @ 99 yen ( USD 0.90)
  • Japanese beer Asahi @ 198 yen (USD 1.80)
  • soft drink Coke @ 69 yen (USD 0.60)
  • Natural spring water @ 69 yen (USD 0.60)

Total : 2400 yen (USD21.30) for 3 pax. And still plenty left over as we could not finish.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

We woke up early in the morning to check on the sunrise but sunrise is at the other side so it not that pretty as compared to sunset.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Car park outside Bokaiso Hotel

The parking is free of charge but limited spaces only.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Breakfast Review

The breakfast is inclusive and the presentation of the breakfast was really beautiful. There are 3 small glass of juice with different colors, orange, red and green.  Each is made from fresh vegetable and fruits.  There is an instruction on the table to tell you which one to consume first on the table since there are so many small plates on the table.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

The usual Japanese breakfast consist of :

  • Yakizakana/ grilled fish,
  • Miso soup
  • Natto or the fermented soy bean
  • Tsukemono / pickled  vegetable such as daikon & ume boshi/red sour plum
  • Ajitsuke nori / Seasoned Dried Seaweed (Nori)
  • Kobachi / Japanese cooked side dish in small portion, hikiji/seaweed cook with soy sauce and bean, okura (lady fingers) and renkon (lotus root)
  • potatoes and cabbage salad
  • yogurt
  • eggs on the hot-pot.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review  Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

Final thoughts : 

Yashima mountain is one of the best spot to catch the sunset in Shikoku Island. It is only about 20 mins drive to Takamatsu city, which is a quiet and exclusive place for people who like to stay away from the crowd.

Bokaiso Hotel located at the top of Yashima mountain offer the breathtaking view of Seto Inland Sea. The room is extremely spacious and with sea view facing. The downside is there is no restaurants nearby so you may need to pre-book the in-house dinner or bring your own food up. Bakaiso is good for travellers who are driving so it is super exclusive.

Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review

41 Replies to “Shikoku Japan : Best sunset at Yashima, Takamatsu & Bokaiso Hotel Review”

    1. Dear Audrey,

      Yashima in Takamatsu Shikoku is famous among local tourists. Tourists who went up there can enjoy the best sunset in Japan. Very exclusive place and a hidden gem. Great for people who do Japan road trip with rental car.

    1. Dear Lyosha,

      There are so many reason to visit Japan beside scenery and food, their manga/comic books and anime (animation),technologies such as robots and yearly festivals are also reason to visit.

    1. Dear Moni,

      Bokaiso Hotel in Yashima would be the ultimate stay if you ever visit Yashima Shikoku. It is quiet getaway overing the sunset and the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. One of the best location to check out the sunset.

  1. I miss the natural beauty that exists in the rural areas of Japan. Totally see what you mean when you say the best sunset is at Yashima – it is absolutely gorgeous! And the Bokaiso Hotel looks so clean and well presented with absolutely fabulous views…would love to stay and experience this one day.

  2. Dear Nicole,

    This part of Japan has plenty of hidden gem and untouched by tourists. Highly recommened anyone who like some privacy to visit Yashima and stayover at Bokaiso Hotel, sea facing view.

    1. Dear Adriana,

      The view of sunset is pretty amazing and you can even catch it from hotel room from Hotel Bokaiso. A very exclusive and spacious hotel which you dont even realised you are actually staying in Japan as most hotel in Japan are so narrow especially near the one near to the train stations.

    1. Dear Natasha,

      Yes, you have raised a good questions, there are still many locals who dont speak English this part of Japan in Shikoku. However having said that, you can still use google translator to communicate or very simple English words not sentence to ask direction. And plenty of gesture. LOL. That’s the best part of travel.

    1. Dear Claire,

      Yes, you certainly face some language barrier in Japan especially in this part of Japan. However, the staff who works in Bokaiso Hotel can speak perfect English. Alternatively, use google translator. 🙂

  3. What captivating photos! You surely have found the right mountain for sunset viewing. Yashima looks beautiful. Thanks for the detailed information, very helpful, as I’d love to do this trip!

  4. I would like to commend you with all those stunning photos and by reading this post I can really say that you really have a wonderful trip in that place.

  5. Japan is one of the beautiful place to visit and it is one of my dream place to see most especially their beautiful sunset.

    1. Dear Brittany,

      Japan is truly beautiful and the culture is so unique. One thing I am not so comfortable is their frequent earthquake and it happen a small one (3-4 degree) during my stay in Japan. Not in Bokaiso hotel but in Osaka few days later, Kansai Japan.

  6. The hotel looks really lovely! it was interesting to read that the traditional way of leaving the shoes at the door and then take the slippers off once you enter the room is still maintained in a western style hotel. The view from the room is really breathtaking!

    1. Dear Joanna,

      I guess you are the only one who is so observant to realise the difference. This little space before entering the hotel is called Genkan – a traditional entryway to put your shoes and wear your shoes. It also serve as a place for “inside” and “outside” in Japan. Japanese has this concept of dividing people into in-groups and out-groups. Part of Japanese culture.

  7. This certainly looks like a place that I would love to visit! The sea looks absolutely breathtaking and the whole place sounds fun and interesting. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us :3

  8. What a beautiful place to experience those stunning things and delicious delicacy food to offer. Perfect place for honeymoon.

    1. Dear Catherine,

      You are right, Bokaiso hotel is perfect for honeymoon couple as this place is very exclusive and quiet and best of all, it has the seaview facing room overseeing Inland Seto Sea of Japan. A wonderful sunset is a perfect day to end.

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