12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Fly
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Naruto
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotohira-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Miyoshi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kochi
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): meet the residents at New Yashima Aquarium, take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yashima-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Hiunkaku, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tamamo Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Takamatsu Symbol Tower, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate the long history of Kikugetsutei, then walk around Ritsurin Garden, and finally look for gifts at Kagawa Bussankan Ritsurinan.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Takamatsu route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Takamatsu is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Takamatsu is minus 1 hour. In March, Takamatsu is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths

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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.
On the 5th (Thu), admire the striking features of Naoshima Hall, head off the coast to Naoshima, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, and finally stop by Naoshima Bath.

Discover how to plan a Naoshima-cho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) 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 6th (Fri), explore the activities along Naruto Strait, take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally make a trip to Uzu no Michi.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Naruto trip planner.

Getting from Naoshima-cho to Naruto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Naoshima-cho in March since evenings lows in Naruto dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Nature

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Kotohira-cho

Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, take in the views from Sayabashi Bridge, then make a trip to Kotohiragu shrine office, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu, and finally admire the striking features of Kotohira-gu Shrine Asahi no Yashiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Izutama Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Nogi Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zentsu-ji Temple, then find something for the whole family at New Reoma World, then don't miss a visit to Kompira Shrine Omotesando, and finally admire the landmark architecture of JR Kotohira Station.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kotohira-cho online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Kotohira-cho takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kotohira-cho when traveling from Naruto in March, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Miyoshi

A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Shiozuka Highland, explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, admire the verdant scenery at Iyakei Valley, go for a walk through Iya Kazura Bridge, then take in the dramatic scenery at Biwa Waterfall, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyoshi road trip app.

You can drive from Kotohira-cho to Miyoshi in an hour. In March, daytime highs in Miyoshi are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Nature · Spas · Baths

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, observe the fascinating underwater world at Katurahama Aquarium, then admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, then savor the flavors at Hirome Ichiba, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kochi trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Kochi takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Shopping

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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 11th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Yuzukijo Museum, make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, walk around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), test the waters at a local thermal spa, then don't miss a visit to Shinrokaku, and finally don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Diamond Cross, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Shikido, explore the activities along Shirai Fall, then identify plant and animal life at Namekawakeikoku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yokomineji.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Matsuyama holiday maker website.

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.