19 days in Shikoku Itinerary

19 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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19 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Mont Tremblant, Quebec
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  25 h
1
Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Tokushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Saijo
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  25 h
End: Mont Tremblant, Quebec

3
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsuyama: Furuiwaya (in Kumakogen-cho), Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo) and Izumidani Terraces (in Uchiko-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, and explore the activities along Shirai Fall.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip planning app .

Mont Tremblant, Canada to Matsuyama is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Mont Tremblant to Matsuyama is 14 hours. When traveling from Mont Tremblant in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Matsuyama, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Toon, Izumidani Terraces, Furuiwaya, Shinmin Sakamura Memorial Museum, Shikoku Karst Onogahara
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Kashima Kaisuiyokujo ©
Kashima Kaisuiyokujo

2
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.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, then go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, and finally let little ones run wild at Mineyama Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let little ones run wild at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, admire the natural beauty at Kagawa Engei Sogo Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kozaiji Temple, then make a trip to Ogijima Alley Wall Painting Project Wallalley, and finally don't miss a visit to 20 Seiki no Kaiso.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Takamatsu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Takamatsu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marugame Castle
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

2
nights
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Teshima Art Museum, explore the striking landscape at Kasaneiwa (Piled Rocks), then don't miss a visit to Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Shibocho Viewing Platform, take in panoramic vistas at Shihoyubi Viewing Deck, then get to know the resident critters at Choshikei Osaru no Kuni, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinotakiryusui Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tonosho-cho day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Tonosho-cho takes 2 hours. In October in Tonosho-cho, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
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Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park ©
Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Yama-Roku Shoyu ©
Yama-Roku Shoyu

2
nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Yoshinogawa City Misato Firefly Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, then take in panoramic vistas at Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck, and finally don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Uzu no Michi, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Taisenji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumadaniji Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokushima itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Tonosho-cho to Tokushima in 3 hours. Traveling from Tonosho-cho in October, Tokushima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Naruto, Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, Taisenji Temple, Kumadaniji Temple, Yoshinogawa City Misato Firefly Center
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi
Taisenji Temple ©
Taisenji Temple

2
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): snap pictures at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge, then appreciate the views at Shiozuka Highland, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hashikuraji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu Shrine, and then make a trip to Kotohiragu shrine office.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Miyoshi trip planner .

Drive from Tokushima to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Tokushima in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Miyoshi, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kotohira-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge
Kotohiragu shrine office ©
Kotohiragu shrine office

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.
On the 18th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenshibuji Temple, then kick back and relax at Katsurahama Beach, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle. On the next day, head outdoors with Wanpaku Kochi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosa Shrine, and finally stop by Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kochi road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Miyoshi to Kochi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saijo.

Things to do in Kochi

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten, Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, Zenshibuji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple

4
nights
Saijo

Saijo
Saij┼Ź is a city in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.DemographicsAs of December 31, 2013, the city has a population of 113,786. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saijo: Omogo Valley (in Kumakogen-cho) and Niyodogawa-cho (Yasuike Valley & Nakatsu Valley). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shozenji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Niihama City Hirose Saihei Achivement Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kamegamori Forest.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saijo attractions planner .

You can drive from Kochi to Saijo in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Saijo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Saijo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Niyodogawa-cho, Niihama, Omogo Valley
Highlights from your plan
Yasuike Valley
Yasuike Valley
Yokomineji ©
Yokomineji
Shozenji Temple ©
Shozenji Temple

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