15 days in Shikoku Itinerary

15 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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15 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Narrabri
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Tokushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Narrabri

2
nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
On the 24th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryozen-ji Temple, then explore the activities along Naruto Strait, and finally take in the views from Onaruto Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokushima travel itinerary planner .

Narrabri, Australia to Tokushima is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Narrabri in April: highs in Tokushima hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Naruto, J Power & Yonden Wonderland
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge

2
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 26th (Sun), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, snap pictures at Iya Kazura Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke, then steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kotohira-gu Shrine Asahi no Yashiro. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shiozuka Highland and then don't miss a visit to Kotohiragu shrine office.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyoshi road trip planning site .

Getting from Tokushima to Miyoshi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Tokushima in April, plan for little chillier nights in Miyoshi, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kotohira-cho
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Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge

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 28th (Tue): make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, get outside with Katsura Hama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, then hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido, walk around Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, then see the interesting displays at Ryoma History Museam, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally get outside with Wanpaku Kochi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kochi trip planner .

You can take a train from Miyoshi to Kochi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Kochi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Konan, Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido
Highlights from your plan
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba

3
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Venture out of the city with trips to Garyu Sanso (in Ozu), Uwajima Castle (in Uwajima) and Seumatsu Family House (in Seiyo). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, take in the views from Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, and examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

To find photos and tourist information, read Matsuyama online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kochi to Matsuyama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Imabari, Garyu Sanso, Uwajima Castle, Seumatsu Family House, Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Thermal Spas
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naoshima-cho (Art House Project, Naoshima, & more), Tonosho-cho (Hoshoin no Shimpaku & Angel Road) and Marugame Castle (in Marugame). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Ritsurin Garden, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, and see the interesting displays at Oni no Yakata.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Takamatsu trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Matsuyama to Takamatsu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho, Tonosho-cho, Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park, Marugame Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima

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