17 days in Shikoku Itinerary

17 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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17 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Train:  19​h 15​min
1
Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Tokushima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Takamatsu
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  19​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Explore Kochi's surroundings by going to Otoyo-cho (Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido & Mt. Kajigamori) and Nagoya Chinka Bridge (in Hidaka-mura). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, take an in-depth tour of Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, and hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kochi online tour itinerary builder .

Amsterdam, Holland to Kochi is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in October: high temperatures in Kochi hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nagaoka-gun, Nagoya Chinka Bridge
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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.
Explore Matsuyama's surroundings by going to Uwajima Castle (in Uwajima), Shirai Fall (in Toon) and Imabari (Oyamazumi Shrine, Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, & more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, contemplate the long history of Garyu Sanso, admire the sheer force of Sambaitani Falls, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Imabari, Ozu, Uwajima Castle, Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, Shirai Fall
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Thermal Spas
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

2
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the views at Shiozuka Highland, contemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke, then take in the pleasant sights at Iya Kazura Bridge, then take in the dramatic scenery at Biwa Waterfall, and finally snap pictures at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Kotohiragu shrine office, then steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Miyoshi trip planner.

Drive from Matsuyama to Miyoshi in 2 hours. October in Miyoshi sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Nature Parks Baths

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Explore Tokushima's surroundings by going to Amagoi no Taki (in Kamiyama-cho), J Power & Yonden Wonderland (in Anan) and Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto). The adventure continues: make a trip to Uzu no Michi, contemplate the waterfront views at Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, stroll through Naruto Whirlpools, and take in panoramic vistas at Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokushima trip planner .

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Tokushima takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Miyoshi in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Tokushima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tokushima

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Naruto, Yoshinogawa, Amagoi no Taki, Naruto Whirlpools, Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River
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Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

5
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), Marugame Castle (in Marugame) and Zentsuji (Zentsu-ji Temple, Nogi Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Ritsurin Garden, walk around Tamamo Park, steep yourself in history at Kikugetsutei, and take in the awesome beauty at Yashima.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu online tour planner .

Take a train from Tokushima to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokushima in October, Takamatsu is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

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