11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Takamatsu, Bus to Matsuyama
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Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsuyama: Ozu (Garyu Sanso & Sambaitani Falls), Imabari (Mt. Kiro Observatory Park & Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge) and Saijo (Yokomineji & Kamogawa River). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, make a trip to Okaido Shopping Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Matsuyama online visit planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Matsuyama is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Matsuyama is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in October: high temperatures in Matsuyama hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kochi side-trips: Miyoshi (Iya Kazura Bridge & Oboke Koboke) and Befukyo Canyon (in Kami). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Kochi route site.

Getting from Matsuyama to Kochi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takamatsu: Marugame Castle (in Marugame), Naruto (Uzu no Michi, Otsuka Museum of Art, &more) and Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Ritsurin Garden, step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, and admire the striking features of Art House Project.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Takamatsu planner.

Getting from Kochi to Takamatsu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Kochi in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Takamatsu, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums · Parks · Nature · 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.