10 days in Shikoku Itinerary

10 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
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Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Miyoshi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Ferry
5
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Naruto
— 2 nights
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Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 28th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, make a trip to Okaido Shopping Street, and then make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Garyu Sanso, explore the activities along Shirai Fall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Matsuyama attractions planner.

Tokyo to Matsuyama is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. September in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Baths

Side Trips

Kochi

— 2 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 30th (Mon), kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, then make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, then don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, then get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, and finally snap pictures at Nagoya Chinka Bridge.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kochi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Miyoshi

— 1 night
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Iyakei Valley, snap pictures at Iya Kazura Bridge, then explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, and finally take in the views from Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyoshi trip website.

You can drive from Kochi to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kochi in October: highs in Miyoshi hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Nature · Parks

Takamatsu

— 2 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, admire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, then snap pictures at Sayabashi Bridge, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, and finally make a trip to Takamasu Port.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Takamatsu tour planner.

You can drive from Miyoshi to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho

— 1 night
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, then step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, then admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho takes 1.5 hours. October in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Nature · Parks

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally take in the views from Onaruto Bridge. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, and then examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Naruto trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Naoshima-cho to Naruto in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Naoshima-cho in October, Naruto is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naruto

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Shikoku travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.