25 days in Shikoku Itinerary

25 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Takamatsu Airport, Drive to Kochi
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Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tosashimizu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Imabari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Miyoshi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to Takamatsu Airport, Fly to Copenhagen

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido (in Otoyo-cho), Nagoya Chinka Bridge (in Hidaka-mura) and Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture (in Konan). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, take an in-depth tour of Sakamoto Ryoma's Hometown Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi travel route tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Kochi is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Kochi: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tosashimizu

— 2 nights
Tosashimizu is a city located in the southwest of Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. On the 9th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryugu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Usuebae Lookout, then delve into the distant past at Tojindaiba Ruins, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Ashizuri, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongofukuji Temple. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Minokoshikaigan, enjoy the sand and surf at Tatsukushi Coast, snap pictures at Submersible Bridge of Sada, then snap pictures at Takase Submersible Bridge, and finally stroll around Kanyoto Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tosashimizu holiday planning website.

Drive from Kochi to Tosashimizu in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 3 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsuyama side-trips: Uchiko-cho (Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas & Izumidani Terraces), Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo) and Sambaitani Falls (in Ozu). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, stroll around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isaniwa Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Matsuyama trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Tosashimizu to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Imabari.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Imabari

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Imabari: Saijo (Maegamiji Temple, The Central Shrine of Ishizuchi Jinja, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, stroll around Itoyama Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Michi-no-Eki Tatara Shimanami Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyamazumi Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Imabari trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Matsuyama to Imabari by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Imabari can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Miyoshi

— 3 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Get out of town with these interesting Miyoshi side-trips: Nogi Museum (in Zentsuji), Mt. Tsurugi (in Mima) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu Shrine Asahi no Yashiro, Kotohira-gu, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, appreciate the views at Shiozuka Highland, explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hashikuraji Temple.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Miyoshi trip maker app.

You can drive from Imabari to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Miyoshi sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait, then make a trip to Uzu no Michi, then explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally stroll around Naruto Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Shimmachi River, make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, then contemplate the long history of Tokushima Prefectural Awajurobe Yashiki, and finally snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Naruto sightseeing planner.

Drive from Miyoshi to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Miyoshi in May: highs in Naruto hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple, explore the striking landscape at Kasaneiwa (Piled Rocks), then see the interesting displays at Teshima Yokoo House, then admire the masterpieces at Teshima Art Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Teshima Terraced Rice Field Project. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Shibocho Viewing Platform, stop by Yama-Roku Shoyu, admire the natural beauty at Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Angel Road, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoshoin no Shimpaku.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tonosho-cho online holiday maker.

You can drive from Naruto to Tonosho-cho in 3 hours. Traveling from Naruto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tonosho-cho, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zentsuji (Kyu Zentsujikaikosya & Zentsu-ji Temple) and Marugame Castle (in Marugame). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, don't miss a visit to Mecon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kikugetsutei.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tonosho-cho to Takamatsu in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Takamatsu can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho

— 2 nights
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 28th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun, explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, make a trip to Naoshima Pavillion, then admire the striking features of Art House Project, and finally head off the coast to Naoshima.

Plan my trip to Naoshima-cho with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can ride a ferry from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Nature · Parks

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.