3 days in Shikoku Itinerary

3 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Matsuyama
— 1 day
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Kochi
— 1 night
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Matsuyama

Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, and finally make a trip to Shinrokaku.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip maker site.

Tokyo to Matsuyama is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Spas

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Takamatsu

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 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ritsurin Garden, walk around Tamamo Park, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yashima-ji Temple.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Takamatsu travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Takamatsu when traveling from Matsuyama in January, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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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 10th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Katurahama Aquarium, get outside with Katsura Hama, don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, then step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kochi trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Kochi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Takamatsu, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kochi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.