12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Matsuyama
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Otsuki-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Takamatsu
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Visiting Mt. Ishizuchi and Yasuike Valley will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Matsuyama Castle and Oyamazumi Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsuyama: Anaba Shrine (in Imabari), Garyu Sanso (in Ozu) and Uwajima Castle (in Uwajima). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, don't miss a visit to Taisanji Temple, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and appreciate the views at Shikoku Karst.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama day trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Matsuyama is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Matsuyama, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Matsuyama is colder than Sydney - with highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Otsuki-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Imabari, Uchiko-cho, Shikoku Karst, Yasuike Valley, Garyu Sanso
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Oyamazumi Shrine ©
Oyamazumi Shrine

1
night
Otsuki-cho

Otsuki-cho
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the activities along Odo Coast, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kashiwajima Island, and then have fun at Kashiwajima Campsite.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Otsuki-cho online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Matsuyama to Otsuki-cho by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Otsuki-cho

Beaches Nature Parks

2
nights
Kochi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tanema-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoryuji Temple, then kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, get to know the fascinating history of Ekingura, then see the interesting displays at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosa Shrine.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kochi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Otsuki-cho to Kochi takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shoryuji Temple, Ekingura, Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
Highlights from your plan
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Shoryuji Temple ©
Shoryuji Temple
Tosa Shrine ©
Tosa Shrine

4
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yakuriji Temple and Marugame Castle. Takamatsuko Tamamo Breakwater Light and Okuboji Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Shidoji Temple (in Sanuki), Kotohira-gu Shrine (in Kotohira-cho) and Awa (Kumadaniji Temple & Kirihataji Temple). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Negoroji Temple, and go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu route website .

You can drive from Kochi to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kochi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Takamatsu, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Awa, Sanuki, Marugame Castle, Kotohira-gu
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Shidoji Temple ©
Shidoji Temple
Yakuriji Temple ©
Yakuriji Temple

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