12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kami
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 4 nights
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Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
On the 10th (Fri), walk around Tsukimigaoka Seaside Park, then contemplate the long history of Tokushima Prefectural Awajurobe Yashiki, then explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally take in the views from Onaruto Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Komatsu Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kirihataji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumadaniji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Oasahiko Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Naruto trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Naruto is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in January: high temperatures in Naruto hover around 9°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naruto

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Zentsu-ji Temple and Negoroji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Yakuriji Temple and Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakayama Senmaida (in Shodoshima-cho), Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho) and Chichu Art Museum (in Naoshima-cho). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, admire the masterpieces at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kozaiji Temple.

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

You can drive from Naruto to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Naruto in January since evenings lows in Takamatsu dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kami.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kami

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): have fun and explore at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then pick up some local products at Hirome Ichiba, then step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ekingura, examine the collection at Ryoma History Museam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoryuji Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama.

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You can drive from Takamatsu to Kami in 2 hours. Traveling from Takamatsu in January, expect nights in Kami to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kami

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 4 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei and Yuzukijo Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matsuyama Castle and Garyu Sanso. Explore Matsuyama's surroundings by going to Uwajima Castle (in Uwajima), Namekawakeikoku (in Toon) and Uchiko-cho (Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki & Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyamazumi Shrine, buy something for everyone on your list at Emifull Masaki, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and see the interesting displays at Itami Juzo Museum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama visit app.

Getting from Kami to Matsuyama by car takes about 2.5 hours. January in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Shikoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · 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.