34 days in Tokyo & Shikoku Itinerary

34 days in Tokyo & Shikoku Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
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Tokushima
— 2 nights
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Miyoshi
— 2 nights
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Kochi
— 3 nights
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Shimanto
— 1 night
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Uwajima
— 2 nights
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Matsuyama
— 4 nights
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
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Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
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Takamatsu
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashinoko, &more). There's still lots to do: get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, stroll around Yoyogi Park, and take a stroll through Asakusa.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 76°F and lows are around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Tonosho-cho (Angel Road, Hoshoin no Shimpaku, &more) and Shodoshima-cho (Seigan-ji Temple & Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Ritsurin Garden, appreciate the history behind Uko Contact Ship Sanukimaru's Anchor, walk around Tamamo Park, and contemplate the long history of Hiunkaku.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Takamatsu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Takamatsu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. May in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokushima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokushima

— 2 nights
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, make a trip to Tokushima Bizanten Shrine, then examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall, and finally don't miss a visit to Bizan Ropeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Shimmachi River, make a trip to Uzu no Michi, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Ruins of Tokushima Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokushima road trip tool.

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Tokushima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takamatsu in May, you will find days in Tokushima are little chillier (69°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Miyoshi

— 2 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 16th (Sat), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens and then appreciate the views at Manniquin Pis. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Iyakei Valley, take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Biwa Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke, then make a trip to Amici Adventure Shikoku, and finally take in the views from Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyoshi trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Tokushima to Miyoshi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tokushima in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Miyoshi. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas

Kochi

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi: Kami (Ryugado Cave & Ryukawahora Museum). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, browse the fresh offerings at Hirome Ichiba, get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, and don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kochi day trip app.

You can take a train from Miyoshi to Kochi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Shimanto.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Shimanto

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the views from Kachima Chinka Bridge and then take in the views from Submersible Bridge of Sada.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimanto day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kochi to Shimanto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Uwajima.
Highlights from your trip

Uwajima

— 2 nights
Uwajima is a city located in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.As of October 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 86,631 and a population density of 184.53 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Tenshaen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Uwajima Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Warei Shrine. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Uwajima, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanrakuen, stop by Yusumizugaura Terrace Field, then explore the stunning scenery at Yakushidani Canyon, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Nametoko Valley.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uwajima travel app.

Getting from Shimanto to Uwajima by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. May in Uwajima sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 61°F at night. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Matsuyama

— 4 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: Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, Children's Peace Monument, &more) and Tamagawa Modern Museum (in Imabari). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Uwajima to Matsuyama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 1 night

Gateway to Shikoku

On the 28th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Kikugetsutei and then don't miss a visit to Takamatsu Marugamemachi Shopping Street.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Matsuyama to Takamatsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Naoshima-cho

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tamano (Nature Environment Park, Black Sea Bream of Uno, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, admire the striking features of Art House Project, don't miss a visit to Akakabocha, and stop by Naoshima Bath.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Naoshima-cho trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Naoshima-cho is just a stone's throw from Takamatsu. In May, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Takamatsu

— 2 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Takamatsu trip itinerary planning site.

Takamatsu is just a stone's throw from Naoshima-cho. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). Explore Tokyo further: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, visit Akihabara, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

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.