33 days in Shikoku Itinerary

33 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Takamatsu
— 5 nights
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Tokushima
— 4 nights
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 3 nights
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Marugame
— 2 nights
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Miyoshi
— 4 nights
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Kochi
— 5 nights
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Matsuyama
— 7 nights
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Takamatsu

— 5 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.
Takamatsu Castle and Fumon-in will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Naoshima and Shikanoidesui. Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Naoshima-cho (Art House Project, Subaru Ishikawa Art Series, &more). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Anrakuji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, and make a trip to Aji Tourism Exchange Center.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Takamatsu day trip app.

Barcelona, Spain to Takamatsu is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. While traveling from Barcelona, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Takamatsu, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokushima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokushima

— 4 nights
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anrakuji Temple and Tokushima Prefecture Gokoku Shrine. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Bizan and Shimmachi River. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokushima: Hinode Honten (in Mima), Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto) and Dogakuji Temple (in Ishii-cho). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Whirlpools, don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taisenji Temple, and snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokushima trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Tokushima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Takamatsu in November since evenings lows in Tokushima dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 3 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Angel Road and Teshima Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tonosho-cho: Shodoshima-cho (Mt. Hoshigajo & Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi).

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tonosho-cho online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Tokushima to Tonosho-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Tokushima in November, plan for little chillier nights in Tonosho-cho, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marugame.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Marugame

— 2 nights
Marugame is a city located in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan., the city has an estimated population of 109,922 and a population density of 980 persons per km². On the 15th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, then head off the coast to Honjima Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shami Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Honmyoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Kotohira-gu Shrine Omoteshoin, then contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu, and then don't miss a visit to Kotohiragu shrine office.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Marugame online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tonosho-cho to Marugame takes 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Marugame are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Marugame

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Miyoshi

— 4 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Take a break from the city and head to Oboke Koboke and Mt. Unpenji. When in Miyoshi, make a side trip to see Kawanoe Hachiman Shrine in Shikokuchuo, approximately Shikokuchuo away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Shiozuka Highland, don't miss a visit to Kenmi Shrine, steep yourself in history at Onishi Castle Ruins, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Miyoshi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marugame to Miyoshi takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Miyoshi are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kochi

— 5 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.
Visit Kochi Castle and Asakura Shrine for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi: Yasuda-cho (Konomine Shrine & Konomineji Temple) and Ichinoya Valley (in Ino-cho). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Katsura Hama, don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market, and browse the fresh offerings at Hirome Ichiba.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Kochi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Miyoshi in November: highs in Kochi hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 7 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle). Take a break from the city and head to Nibukawa Valley and Hoshinoura Seaside Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsuyama: Imabari (Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, &more). There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, see the interesting displays at Ehime University Muserum, and kick back and relax at Takahama Coast.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Matsuyama trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.