11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
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Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 4 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, make a trip 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. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Garyu Sanso, then 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 where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matsuyama holiday tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Matsuyama is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Matsuyama: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

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 3rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, then look for gifts at Hirome Ichiba, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido, then snap pictures at Nagoya Chinka Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kochi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
On the 5th (Thu), make a trip 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, see the interesting displays 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.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Naruto route maker app.

You can drive from Kochi to Naruto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kochi in March, expect nights in Naruto to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naoshima-cho (Benesse House Museum, Naoshima, &more), Marugame Castle (in Marugame) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohiragu shrine office & Kotohira-gu). The adventure continues: make a trip to Ritsurin Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigan-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, and admire the natural beauty at Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Takamatsu holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Naruto in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Takamatsu, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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.