15 days in Shikoku Itinerary

15 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uwajima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Otsuki-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Muroto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kaiyo-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 2 nights
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Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Taisanji Temple and Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsuyama: Imabari (Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, &more), Garyu Sanso (in Ozu) and Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas (in Uchiko-cho). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Ehime Tobe Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsubaki Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Kashima Kaisuiyokujo, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Matsuyama trip planning tool.

Vladivostok, Russia to Matsuyama is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Vladivostok Standard Time (VLAT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vladivostok in August: high temperatures in Matsuyama hover around 35°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Uwajima

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stop by Yusumizugaura Terrace Field, stop by Michi-no-Eki Tsushima Yasuragi no Sato, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Warei Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Uwajima Castle, and finally take some stellar pictures from Uwajima. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanjizaiji Temple, then enjoy breathtaking views from Uwakai Observatory Tower, then examine the collection at Shidenkai Museum, and finally appreciate the views at Nametoko Valley.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Uwajima online travel planner.

Getting from Matsuyama to Uwajima by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Otsuki-cho.

Things to do in Uwajima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Otsuki-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the activities along Odo Coast, then enjoy breathtaking views from Odoyama Lookout, and then kick back and relax at Kashiwajima Island.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Otsuki-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Uwajima to Otsuki-cho in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Otsuki-cho

Beaches · Nature · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Kochi

— 2 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.
On the 17th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, get to know the resident critters at Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, then see the interesting displays at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Poem & Marchen Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tourism Event Hall Ryomaden Bakumatsu Shishi Shachu, walk around Godaisan Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Katurahama Aquarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenshibuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosa Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kochi trip maker tool.

Getting from Otsuki-cho to Kochi by car takes about 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kochi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Muroto.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Muroto

— 2 nights
Muroto is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Muroto Dolphins Center, stop by Searest Muroto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hotsumisakiji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Muroto Cape, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongochoji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Ioki Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Konomineji Temple, don't miss a visit to Shintaro Nakamura Hall, then see the interesting displays at Whale Museum, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Muroto Haiko Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Muroto day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Muroto takes 2 hours. In August in Muroto, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kaiyo-cho.

Things to do in Muroto

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kaiyo-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): head off the coast to Takegashima, enjoy the sand and surf at Osuna Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sabadaishihonbo Yasakadera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sabataishi Honbo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaiyo-cho online travel planner.

Drive from Muroto to Kaiyo-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Kaiyo-cho

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Teshima Art Museum, then head off the coast to Teshima Island, then don't miss a visit to Hoshoin no Shimpaku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shodojima 88 Holy Sites Visiting. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinotakiryusui Temple, stop by Inoue Seikoen Shodoshima Rashiq, then stop by Yama-Roku Shoyu, and finally get to know the resident critters at Choshikei Osaru no Kuni.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tonosho-cho vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Kaiyo-cho to Tonosho-cho takes 5 hours. Traveling from Kaiyo-cho in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 28°C in Tonosho-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.