18 days in Shikoku Itinerary

18 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kochi
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Matsuyama
— 5 nights
Drive to Hiroshima Airport, Fly to Phoenix

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Takamatsu

— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Marugame (Marugame Castle & Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art), Tonosho-cho (Angel Road, Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple, &more) and Ubushina Shrine (in Utazu-cho). The adventure continues: stroll around Ritsurin Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Tamamo Park, don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Yashima.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Takamatsu holiday website.

Phoenix, USA to Takamatsu is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Phoenix to Takamatsu due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in March: highs in Takamatsu hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryozen-ji Temple, make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, see the interesting displays at Tokushimacity Tengu Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Naruto Strait, don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally take in the views from Onaruto Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Naruto day trip site.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Takamatsu in March, Naruto is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Miyoshi

— 2 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 18th (Wed), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, snap pictures at Iya Kazura Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Biwa Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiramine Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kotohira-gu Shrine Asahi no Yashiro. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hashikuraji Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Kotohira Municipal Historic Museum, and then make a trip to Kotohiragu shrine office.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Miyoshi trip planner.

Getting from Naruto to Miyoshi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Naruto in March, Miyoshi is little chillier at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Baths

Side Trip

Kochi

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kochi side-trips: Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture (in Konan), Niyodogawa-cho (Nakatsu Valley & Yasuike Valley) and Nagoya Chinka Bridge (in Hidaka-mura). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, shop like a local with Hirome Ichiba, don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kochi trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Miyoshi to Kochi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 5 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsuyama: Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo), Ozu (Sambaitani Falls, Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine, &more) and Uchiko-cho (Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, Former Katsudo Shashinkan, Asahikan, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Namekawakeikoku, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama journey builder.

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Shikoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · 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.