Manno

Manno Park
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Christmas Illuminations.

Mannō (まんのう町, Mannō-chō) is about an hour by train from Kagawa's capital city Takamatsu. It is right next to the very famous shrine Konpirasan, in Kotohira town (see the featured article on the main Kagawa page). The nationally administered Mannō Park (まんのう公園, Mannō Koen) attracts many visitors for the Winter Fantasy Illumination, which runs for a few weeks over the new year. The park is next to Mannō Reservoir (まんのう池, Mannō Ike), the largest reservoir in Japan, you can enjoy a bowl of udon while overlooking the the mountain lake-like scenery. The cherry blossoms nearby are beautiful in spring and in summer the fireflies attract visitors. If mountain walks and onsens are your thing, there are several good options.

Geographically, the town merges into the suburban sprawl south of Marugame City and many locals do the 25 minute drive to Marugame or surrounding cities for work. South of Mannō is a mountain range which you can cross to get the famous Iya Valley in Tokushima Prefecuture in about an hour.

On March 20, 2006 Mannō (満濃町) absorbed the towns of Chūnan and Kotonami, both from Nakatado District, to form the new and expanded town of Mannō (まんのう町). As of September 2011, the town has an estimated population of 19,933. The total area is 194.33 km².

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