11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17 h
1
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Takamatsu
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, test the waters at a local thermal spa, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and finally examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Garyu Sanso, steep yourself in history at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, then make a trip to Kamihayashi Mizunomoto Somen-nagashi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishiyama Koryuji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Matsuyama trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Matsuyama is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Melbourne, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Matsuyama, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Kamihayashi Mizunomoto Somen-nagashi, Garyu Sanso, Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, Nishiyama Koryuji Temple
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Thermal Spas
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

2
nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, head outdoors with Katsura Hama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido, then take in the views from Nagoya Chinka Bridge, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenshibuji Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi trip tool .

You can drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. March in Kochi sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido, Zenshibuji Temple, Nagoya Chinka Bridge
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Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba

2
nights
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
On the 5th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, then make a trip to Uzu no Michi, then explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Naruto Strait, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryozen-ji Temple, examine the collection at Tokushimacity Tengu Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, and finally see the interesting displays at Yoshinogawa City Misato Firefly Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Naruto sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kochi to Naruto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kochi in March: highs in Naruto hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tokushima, Yoshinogawa City Misato Firefly Center
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi
Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan

4
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Naoshima-cho (Benesse House Museum, Naoshima, &more), Kotohira-cho (Kotohiragu shrine office & Kotohira-gu) and Marugame Castle (in Marugame). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, and take in nature's colorful creations at Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip planner.

You can drive from Naruto to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Naruto in March, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Takamatsu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho, Kotohira-cho, Shodoshima-cho, Marugame Castle
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

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