11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Tokushima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 3 nights
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Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, then enjoy breathtaking views from Matsuyama Airport Observation Deck, and finally make a trip to Garyu Sanso. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishiyama Koryuji Temple, don't miss a visit to Shinrokaku, then don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, then step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, and finally make a trip to Okaido Shopping Street.

Before you visit Matsuyama, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Bangkok, Thailand to Matsuyama is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Matsuyama. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bangkok in November, with highs in Matsuyama at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Kyu Zentsujikaikosya (in Zentsuji), Naoshima-cho (Naoshima, Chichu Art Museum, &more) and Marugame Castle (in Marugame). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu, see the interesting displays at Kotohira-gu Shrine Omoteshoin, and make a trip to Kotohiragu shrine office.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsuyama in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Takamatsu, with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokushima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Tokushima

— 2 nights
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, then make a trip to Uzu no Michi, and finally don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by J Power & Yonden Wonderland, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck, and finally examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokushima trip planning tool.

Drive from Takamatsu to Tokushima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takamatsu in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokushima, with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kochi

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture (in Konan) and Miyoshi (Iya Kazura Bridge & Oboke Koboke). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kochi Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosa Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, and hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kochi travel planner.

You can drive from Tokushima to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokushima in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Kochi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.