17 days in Shikoku Itinerary

17 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Takamatsu Airport, Drive to Tokushima
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Tokushima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kaiyo-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aki
— 1 night
Drive
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Imabari
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shodoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokushima
Drive to Takamatsu Airport, Fly to Zürich Airport

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Tokushima

— 2 nights
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Onzanji Temple. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumadaniji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirihataji Temple, then explore the striking landscape at Awa no Dochu, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokushima trip builder website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Tokushima is an approximately 22.5-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 Zurich in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokushima, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Kaiyo-cho.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kaiyo-cho

— 3 nights
On the 10th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Osuna Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sabadaishihonbo Yasakadera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sabataishi Honbo, then see the interesting displays at Mollusco Mugi, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Todoroki no Taki. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tsurugi, then see the interesting displays at Hiwasa Chelonian Museum Caretta, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakuoji Temple, and finally cruise along Minami Awa Sun Line.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kaiyo-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tokushima to Kaiyo-cho in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aki.

Things to do in Kaiyo-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Aki

— 1 night
Aki is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan on the island of Shikoku. On the 12th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Nora Clock Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of The birthplace of Yataro Iwasaki, then don't miss a visit to Aki Castle Ruins, and finally see the interesting displays at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konomineji Temple, don't miss a visit to Shintaro Nakamura Hall, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konomine Shrine, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ioki Cave.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Aki vacation builder website.

You can drive from Kaiyo-cho to Aki in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Aki are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Imabari.

Things to do in Aki

Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas and Namekawakeikoku. Let the collections at Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art and Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei capture your imagination. Explore Imabari's surroundings by going to Saijo (Yokomineji & Mt. Ishizuchi), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle & Dogo Onsengai). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saikokuji Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Imabari online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Aki to Imabari by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Shodoshima-cho

— 2 nights
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinotakiryusui Temple, make a trip to Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nakayama Senmaida, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Choshikei Osaru no Kuni, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Kankakei Gorge. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Seigan-ji Temple, explore the striking landscape at Angel Road, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shodojima 88 Holy Sites Visiting, contemplate the waterfront views at Dofuchi Strait, then take an in-depth tour of Marukin Soysouce Memorial, and finally stop by Hishionosato.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shodoshima-cho holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Imabari to Shodoshima-cho takes 4 hours. In April in Shodoshima-cho, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Takamatsu

— 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, then see the interesting displays at Kagawa Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Negoroji Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shodoshima-cho to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. April in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Tokushima

Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Naruto City Kagawa Toyohiko Memorial Hall, examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall, and then head outdoors with Komatsu Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokushima trip builder.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Tokushima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takamatsu in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Tokushima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokushima

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · 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.