12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Drive
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Train
2
Imabari
— 1 night
Train
3
Kochi
— 3 nights
Train
4
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Ferry
5
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Drive
6
Naruto
— 2 nights
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Drive to Takamatsu Airport, Fly to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Drive to Hong Kong

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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 (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Dogo Onsen Sora no Sampomichi, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Shiki Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, don't miss a visit to Diamond Cross, don't miss a visit to Okaido Shopping Street, then admire the striking features of Bansuiso, and finally see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama tour itinerary planning app.

Hiroshima to Matsuyama is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. April in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Imabari.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

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Imabari

The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Towel Museum, make a trip to Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Todo Takatora, and finally step into the grandiose world of Imabari Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Imabari sightseeing planner.

Getting from Matsuyama to Imabari by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. April in Imabari sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Imabari

Museums · Historic Sites

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi: Miyoshi (Iyakei Valley, Iya Kazura Bridge, &more) and Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido (in Otoyo-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and make a trip to Harimaya Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kochi travel planning app.

You can drive from Imabari to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Kochi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Takamatsu

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.
On the 7th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tamamo Park, then go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Takamatsu Marugamemachi Shopping Street. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Yashima.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Takamatsu day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kochi to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. April in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Naoshima-cho

On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, admire the landmark architecture of Naoshima Hall, explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, and finally visit Naoshima Bath.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Naoshima-cho trip itinerary planning site.

Ride a ferry from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho in 1.5 hours. In April in Naoshima-cho, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Parks · Nature

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Naruto

Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
On the 10th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, then explore the activities along Naruto Strait, and finally snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Naruto trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Naoshima-cho to Naruto in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Naoshima-cho in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Naruto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Nature

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.