17 days in Shikoku Itinerary

17 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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17 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  26 h
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Paris


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.
Zentsu-ji Temple and Kikugetsutei will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Nakayama Senmaida and Sanuki Manno Park. Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Naruto (Naruto Strait & Okazaki Beach), Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (in Marugame) and Teshima Island (in Tonosho-cho). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, head outdoors with Chichibugahama Beach, walk around Kotohiki Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tsurugi.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu trip itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Takamatsu is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in May; daily highs in Takamatsu reach 27°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Imabari.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Naruto, Sanuki Manno Park, Chichibugahama Beach, Kotohiki Park, Nakayama Senmaida
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Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple
Kikugetsutei ©
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum ©
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum


Imabari ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Itami Juzo Museum and Railway History Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oyamazumi Shrine and Michi-no-Eki Tatara Shimanami Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Saijo (Yokomineji & Mt. Ishizuchi), Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple (in Kumakogen-cho) and Matsuyama (Seki Museum, Taisanji Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsubaki Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Imabari vacation website .

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Imabari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Imabari are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matsuyama, Saijo, Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple
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Oyamazumi Shrine ©
Oyamazumi Shrine
Tsubaki Shrine ©
Tsubaki Shrine
Itami Juzo Museum ©
Itami Juzo Museum


Uwajima ©
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Uwajima Castle and Kanjizaiji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Garyu Sanso and Shidenkai Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Uwajima: Ozu Houses Of The Meiji (in Ozu), Shikoku Karst (in Kumakogen-cho) and Uchiko-cho (Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas & Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Sada Misaki, get great views at Uwajima, and admire the landmark architecture of Seumatsu Family House.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Uwajima vacation planning app .

Getting from Imabari to Uwajima by car takes about 2 hours. May in Uwajima sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Uwajima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ozu, Uchiko-cho, Ainan-cho, Shimanto River, Sada Misaki
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Shikoku Karst ©
Shikoku Karst
Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Sada Misaki ©
Sada Misaki


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.
Chikurinji Temple and Shoryuji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum and Poem & Marchen Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Miyoshi (Onsen Resorts & Iyakei Valley), Niyodogawa-cho (Nakatsu Valley & Yasuike Valley) and Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosa Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma's Hometown Museum, see the interesting displays at Whale Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi trip maker .

You can drive from Uwajima to Kochi in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kochi are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Muroto, Miyoshi, Niyodogawa-cho, Kami, Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa
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Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Shoryuji Temple ©
Shoryuji Temple
Hotsumisakiji Temple ©
Hotsumisakiji Temple