22 days in Shikoku Itinerary

22 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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22 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kochi
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Miyoshi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Tokushima
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Takamatsu
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
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). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Matsuyama tour itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Matsuyama is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Matsuyama is 7 hours. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit warmer days and much 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

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saijo, Imabari, Ozu, Shirai Fall
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Onsen Resorts
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi: Ittohyo Chinka Bridge (in Shimanto-cho), Nagoya Chinka Bridge (in Hidaka-mura) and Mt. Kanpuzan (in Ino-cho). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, don't miss a visit to Tourism Event Hall Ryomaden Bakumatsu Shishi Shachu, browse the fresh offerings at Hirome Ichiba, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi trip maker website .

Drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Nagoya Chinka Bridge, Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido, Ittohyo Chinka Bridge, Mt. Kanpuzan
Highlights from your plan
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba

3
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Venture out of the city with trips to Senryuji Temple (in Shikokuchuo), Befukyo Canyon (in Kami) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu Shrine & Kotohiragu shrine office). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Iya Kazura Bridge, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, walk around Hesokko Park, and admire the verdant scenery at Iyakei Valley.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyoshi vacation builder tool .

You can take a train from Kochi to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Befukyo Canyon, Senryuji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Kotohira-gu Shrine ©
Kotohira-gu Shrine
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge

3
nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
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), Anan (J Power & Yonden Wonderland & Omatsu Daigongen) and Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, contemplate the waterfront views at Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, and take in the views from Onaruto Bridge.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Tokushima fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Tokushima takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Miyoshi in September, Tokushima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Tokushima

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Naruto, Anan, Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, Amagoi no Taki
Highlights from your plan
Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

3
nights
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Tonosho-cho: Shodoshima-cho (Yama-Roku Shoyu & Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi).

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tonosho-cho trip maker website .

Getting from Tokushima to Tonosho-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tonosho-cho when traveling from Tokushima in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
Highlights from your plan
Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park ©
Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Angel Road ©
Angel Road

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Naoshima-cho (Naoshima Bath, Chichu Art Museum, & more), Marugame Castle (in Marugame) and Zentsuji (Kyu Zentsujikaikosya & Zentsu-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, steep yourself in history at Kikugetsutei, take in nature's colorful creations at Tamamo Park, and take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Takamatsu travel planning tool .

Getting from Tonosho-cho to Takamatsu by car takes about 2 hours. September in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 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

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho, Zentsuji, Ubushina Shrine, Marugame Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

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