10 days in Shikoku Itinerary

10 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kaiyo-cho
— 1 night
Drive
4
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Train to Osaka Kansai, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Matsuyama

— 3 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Visit Kashima Kaisuiyokujo and Mikasahama Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Miyajima and Ao Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsuyama: Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima (in Hiroshima). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monjuin Tokuseiji Temple.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Matsuyama road trip planning app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Matsuyama is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in October; daily highs in Matsuyama reach 26°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kochi

— 1 night
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 6th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosa Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenshibuji Temple, then kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, and finally make a trip to Kochi Castle.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi road trip planning website.

Getting from Matsuyama to Kochi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kaiyo-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Kaiyo-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the activities along Todoroki no Taki, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sabataishi Honbo, then get outside with Osuna Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sabadaishihonbo Yasakadera Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kaiyo-cho trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Kochi to Kaiyo-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Kochi in October, you will find days in Kaiyo-cho are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kaiyo-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Takamatsu

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll around Ritsurin Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, then step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Anrakuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumadaniji Temple, and then get outside with Shibukawa Camp Site.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Takamatsu online vacation planner.

Getting from Kaiyo-cho to Takamatsu by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kaiyo-cho in October, Takamatsu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. You will leave for home on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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.