18 days in Shikoku Itinerary

18 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Otoyo-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyoshi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Naoshima-cho
Ferry to Uno, Train to Matsuyama
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Matsuyama
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 2 nights
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Kochi

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sekkeiji Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoryuji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosa Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, then look for gifts at Nishioka Brewery, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yasuike Valley.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kochi trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Kochi is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Zurich to Kochi, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Kochi is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Otoyo-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Otoyo-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasaka Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kajigamori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teifukutera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Burakuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Otoyo-cho trip planner.

Getting from Kochi to Otoyo-cho by car takes about an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Otoyo-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Miyoshi

— 2 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 11th (Thu), get outside with Mt. Unpenji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daikoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motoyamaji temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izutama Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hashikuraji Temple. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Mt. Miune and then admire the verdant scenery at Shiozuka Highland.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Miyoshi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Otoyo-cho to Miyoshi in an hour. April in Miyoshi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): visit Shionoe-cho, contemplate the waterfront views at Cape Osaki-no-Hana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Honenji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamura Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiromineji Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu attractions planning tool.

Drive from Miyoshi to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho

On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hachiman Shrine, make a trip to Subaru Ishikawa Art Series, and then make a trip to Kannon-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho vacation planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matsuyama

— 6 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Get some cultural insight at Garyu Sanso and Former Katsudo Shashinkan, Asahikan. Visit Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas and Yokomineji for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsuyama: Thermal Spas (in Imabari), Kamoizumi Sake Brewery (in Higashihiroshima) and Okunoshima Island (in Takehara). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Paddle Park, take in the awesome beauty at Kamegamori Forest, admire the landmark architecture of Peace Clock Tower, and get to know the resident critters at Ehime Tobe Zoo.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Matsuyama route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Matsuyama takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kochi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Torahiko Terada Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kochi Dai-jingu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Okojo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokubunji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Ryoma History Museam, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ekingura. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, stroll around Godaisan Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Ryoma Sakamoto's Birthplace Monument.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kochi planner.

Drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.