18 days in Shikoku Itinerary

18 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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18 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Zentsuji
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Imabari
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ozu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kumakogen-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kochi
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by Inoue Seikoen Shodoshima, admire the masterpieces at Teshima Art Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasaneiwa (Piled Rocks). On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shodojima 88 Holy Sites Visiting, contemplate the long history of Seiganji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinotakiryusui Temple, then make a trip to Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple, then meet the residents at Choshikei Osaru no Kuni, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Shihoyubi Viewing Deck.

Plan my day in Tonosho-cho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Sydney, Australia to Tonosho-cho is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tonosho-cho, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for slightly colder days in Tonosho-cho, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zentsuji.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
Highlights from your plan
Nishinotakiryusui Temple ©
Nishinotakiryusui Temple
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Seigan-ji Temple ©
Seigan-ji Temple

1
night
Zentsuji

Zentsuji ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Kotohira Municipal Historic Museum, steep yourself in history at Izutama Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Nogi Museum, then admire the striking features of Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zentsu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iyadani-ji Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zentsuji sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Tonosho-cho to Zentsuji in 2.5 hours. In October in Zentsuji, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Zentsuji

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Iyadani-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Izutama Shrine ©
Izutama Shrine

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Okuboji Temple and Yakuriji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shikoku Mura Village and The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum. Step out of Takamatsu to go to Naoshima-cho and see Naoshima Bath, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Megijima Island, admire the striking features of The Hyakujushi Bank Takamatsu Branch, and make a trip to Kikugetu-tei.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu travel route planning website .

Drive from Zentsuji to Takamatsu in an hour. October in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Imabari.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naoshima Bath, Okuboji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Yakuriji Temple ©
Yakuriji Temple
Kikugetsutei ©
Kikugetsutei
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum ©
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum

3
nights
Imabari

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.
Popular historic sites such as Oyamazumi Shrine and Tsubaki Shrine are in your itinerary. Taisanji Temple and Yuzuki Castle Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Imabari: Mt. Ishizuchi (in Saijo), Namekawakeikoku (in Toon) and Ehime Tobe Zoo (in Tobe-cho). Next up on the itinerary: get all the information you need at Michi-no-Eki Tatara Shimanami Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, snap pictures at Hakata-Oshima Bridge, and make a trip to Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Imabari driving holiday planner.

Drive from Takamatsu to Imabari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Imabari are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Ozu.

Things to do in Imabari

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matsuyama, Namekawakeikoku, Ehime Tobe Zoo, Mt. Ishizuchi
Highlights from your plan
Oyamazumi Shrine ©
Oyamazumi Shrine
Tsubaki Shrine ©
Tsubaki Shrine
Mt. Ishizuchi ©
Mt. Ishizuchi

3
nights
Ozu

Ozu ©
Ōzu is a Japanese city of about 48,000 inhabitants located in Ehime Prefecture.HistoryŌzu Castle is a castle in Ōzu. Step off the beaten path and head to Uwajima Castle and Izumidani Terraces. Garyu Sanso and Toyogahashi Eitokuji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Uwajima (Nametoko Valley & Inarizan Ryukoji Temple), Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki (in Uchiko-cho) and Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, snap pictures at Yanetsuki Covered Bridge - Roman Yatsuhashi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shussekiji Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine.

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You can drive from Imabari to Ozu in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Kumakogen-cho.

Things to do in Ozu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uchiko-cho, Uwajima, Shikoku Karst Onogahara
Highlights from your plan
Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine ©
Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine

1
night
Kumakogen-cho

Kumakogen-cho ©
On the 26th (Sat), stroll through Mimidodake Rock, admire the verdant scenery at Omogo Valley, and then admire the verdant scenery at Shikoku Karst.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kumakogen-cho tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ozu to Kumakogen-cho takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kumakogen-cho can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Kumakogen-cho

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shikoku Karst ©
Shikoku Karst
Mimidodake Rock ©
Mimidodake Rock

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chikurinji Temple and The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi and Shoryuji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Konan (Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture & Ekingura), Yasuike Valley (in Niyodogawa-cho) and Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten (in Hidaka-mura). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Takashi Yanase Kinenkan Anpanman Museum and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosa Shrine.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi day trip website .

Traveling by car from Kumakogen-cho to Kochi takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Konan, Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten, Zenshibuji Temple, Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, Shoryuji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Shoryuji Temple ©
Shoryuji Temple
Tosa Shrine ©
Tosa Shrine

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