11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku sightseeing planner

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Train
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Otoyo-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Niyodogawa-cho
— 1 night
Drive
5
Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Fly

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Takamatsu

— 2 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.
Visiting Yashima and Naoshima will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Shikoku Mura Village. Explore Takamatsu's surroundings by going to Kurashiki (Mt. Washu & Japanese Rural Toy Museum) and Mt. Ojigadake (in Tamano). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden and stop by Kagawa Bussankan Ritsurinan.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Takamatsu road trip tool.

Tokyo to Takamatsu is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. July in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Otoyo-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otoyo-cho

— 3 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Shikokuhenro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasaka Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kajigamori, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Burakuji Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Otoyo-cho online journey planner.

Getting from Takamatsu to Otoyo-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Otoyo-cho

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kochi Castle, get engrossed in the history at Kochi Castle Museum of History, then don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sakamoto Ryoma's Hometown Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Katurahama Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, then take an in-depth tour of Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, and finally see the interesting displays at Torahiko Terada Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kochi trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Otoyo-cho to Kochi in an hour. In July in Kochi, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Niyodogawa-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Niyodogawa-cho

— 1 night
For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Niyodogawa-cho tour planning website.

You can drive from Kochi to Niyodogawa-cho in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Niyodogawa-cho can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Niyodogawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matsuyama

— 3 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Matsuyama Castle and Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Tobeyaki Traditional Industry Museum and Itami Juzo Museum capture your imagination. When in Matsuyama, make a side trip to see Towel Museum in Imabari, approximately Imabari away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Dogo Onsengai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, take an in-depth tour of Shiki Memorial Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Miurart Village Art Museum.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Niyodogawa-cho to Matsuyama takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
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.