22 days in Shikoku Itinerary

22 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Hiroshima Airport, Drive to Matsuyama
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Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Miyoshi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokushima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 4 nights
Fly

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Matsuyama

— 3 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Venture out of the city with trips to Imabari (Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge & Mt. Kiro Observatory Park), Saijo (Kamogawa River & Yokomineji) and Ozu (Garyu Sanso & Sambaitani Falls). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate the waterfront views at Shirai Fall, and examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Matsuyama online sightseeing planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Matsuyama is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Matsuyama. While traveling from Cape Town, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Matsuyama, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi: Nagoya Chinka Bridge (in Hidaka-mura), Ittohyo Chinka Bridge (in Shimanto-cho) and Mt. Kanpuzan (in Ino-cho). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Katsura Hama, make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, and step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Kochi sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Miyoshi

— 3 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Change things up with these side-trips from Miyoshi: Befukyo Canyon (in Kami), Senryuji Temple (in Shikokuchuo) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu & Kotohiragu shrine office). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Iya Kazura Bridge, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, walk around Hesokko Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Miyoshi trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Kochi to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Miyoshi are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokushima.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Tokushima

— 3 nights
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokushima: Amagoi no Taki (in Kamiyama-cho), Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto) and Anan (J Power & Yonden Wonderland & Omatsu Daigongen). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, take in panoramic vistas at Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck, examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall, and take in the views from Onaruto Bridge.

Plan my day in Tokushima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Tokushima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Miyoshi in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokushima, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tonosho-cho: Shodoshima-cho (Yama-Roku Shoyu & Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi).

To see ratings and tourist information, use the Tonosho-cho trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Tokushima to Tonosho-cho in 3 hours. Traveling from Tokushima in September, Tonosho-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Takamatsu

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Zentsuji (Kyu Zentsujikaikosya & Zentsu-ji Temple), Naoshima-cho (Naoshima Bath, Chichu Art Museum, &more) and Marugame Castle (in Marugame). The adventure continues: make a trip to Ritsurin Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ubushina Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle, and take in the awesome beauty at Yashima.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Takamatsu online holiday planner.

You can drive from Tonosho-cho to Takamatsu in 2 hours. In September in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · 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.