31 days in Shikoku Itinerary

31 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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31 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Drive:  21​h 15​min
1
Kotohira-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kochi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Imabari
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Takamatsu
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Tokushima
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Auckland

4
nights
Kotohira-cho

Kotohira-cho ©
Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
Get out of town with these interesting Kotohira-cho side-trips: Miyoshi (Kobokekyo Canyon, Oboke Koboke, & more), Marugame (Kameyama Park (Marugame Castle), Marugame Castle, & more) and Konzō-ji Temple (in Zentsuji). There's lots more to do: get great views at Kotohiragu shrine office, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu Shrine, get outside with Seto Bridge, and admire the landmark architecture of Ishizuchi Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kotohira-cho itinerary maker website .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Kotohira-cho is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland Central in March, you will find days in Kotohira-cho are little chillier (14°C), and nights are cooler (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Miyoshi, Marugame, Great Seto Bridge, Manno Pond, Konzoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Kotohiragu shrine office ©
Kotohiragu shrine office

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi: Shoryuji Temple (in Tosa) and Aki (Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi, Cape Oyama-misaki, & more). There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Katsurahama Beach, make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kochi trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kotohira-cho to Kochi by car takes about 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Imabari.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Aki, Ino-cho, Zenshibuji Temple, Shoryuji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba

6
nights
Imabari

Imabari ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Imabari: Niihama (Bessi Dozan Memorial Museum, Besshi Copper Mine, & more) and Matsuyama (Bocchan Wind up Clock, Dogo Onsengai, & more). The adventure continues: take in the views from Hakata-Oshima Bridge, don't miss a visit to Imabari Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokubunji Temple, and get great views at Mt. Kiro Observatory Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Imabari online trip builder .

Getting from Kochi to Imabari by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In March in Imabari, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Matsuyama, Niihama
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takamatsu: Naoshima-cho (Art House Project, Naoshima, & more). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Ritsurin Park, steep yourself in history at Shikoku Village, take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Yashima, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōken-ji Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Takamatsu online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Imabari to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Naoshima-cho
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Naoshima ©
Naoshima

5
nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naruto (Gokurakuji Temple, Ryozenji Temple, & more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Bizan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinmachigawa Mizugiwa Park, explore the activities along Naruto Whirlpools, and see the interesting displays at Awa Odori Kaikan.

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Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Tokushima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Takamatsu in March, Tokushima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naruto, Naruto Whirlpools
Highlights from your plan
Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

4
nights
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Get out of town with these interesting Tonosho-cho side-trips: Shodoshima-cho (Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park, Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi, & more).

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tonosho-cho online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Tonosho-cho takes 3 hours. Traveling from Tokushima in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tonosho-cho, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

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