15 days in Shikoku Itinerary

15 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Hiroshima Airport, Drive to Imabari
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Imabari
— 4 nights
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Uwajima
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 4 nights
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Imabari

— 4 nights
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.
You've now added Zentsu-ji Temple to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Oyamazumi Shrine and Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple. Taisanji Temple and Imabari Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Imabari side-trips: Ehime Tobe Zoo (in Tobe-cho), Saijo (Mt. Ishizuchi & Nishiyama Koryuji Temple) and Matsuyama (Onsen Resorts, Yu Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, appreciate the views at Nibukawa Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anaba Shrine, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Michi-no-Eki Tatara Shimanami Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Imabari online tour planner.

Vienna, Austria to Imabari is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Vienna in November, expect Imabari to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Uwajima.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Uwajima

— 4 nights
Uwajima is a city located in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.As of October 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 86,631 and a population density of 184.53 persons per km². Escape the urban bustle at Shikoku Karst and Kashiwajima Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Uwajima Castle and Garyu Sanso. Explore Uwajima's surroundings by going to Toyogahashi Eitokuji Temple (in Ozu), Uchiko-cho (Gokokumachi Nami Preservation Center, Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, &more) and Kanjizaiji Temple (in Ainan-cho). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shimanto River, stop by Michi-no-Eki Mima, enjoy some diversion at Kashiwajima Campsite, and make a trip to Shimonada Station.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uwajima online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Imabari to Uwajima takes 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Uwajima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Kochi

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Katsura Hama and Biwa Waterfall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chikurinji Temple and Mt. Tsurugi. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi: Miyoshi (Iya Kazura Bridge, Onsen Resorts, &more), Konan (Ekingura & Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture) and Muroto (Kongochoji, Hotsumisakiji Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle and make a trip to Harimaya Bridge.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kochi trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Uwajima to Kochi in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

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.