37 days in Shikoku Itinerary

37 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku trip itinerary planner

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Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uchiko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uwajima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saijo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Miyoshi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Imabari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kumakogen-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Ikata-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mugi-cho
— 2 nights
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Matsuyama

— 3 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Tsubaki Shrine and Meikyokan will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Itami Juzo Museum and Seki Museum capture your imagination. When in Matsuyama, make a side trip to see Nibukawa Valley in Imabari, approximately Imabari away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, see the interesting displays at Tobeyaki Traditional Industry Museum, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, and soak in some Japanese tradition at Dogo Onsengai.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Matsuyama trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Matsuyama is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Matsuyama, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Uchiko-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Uchiko-cho

— 2 nights
Uchiko is a town located in Kita District, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.On January 1, 2005 the town of Ikazaki, from Kita District; and the town of Oda, from Kamiukena District, were merged into Uchiko.As of April 1, 2017 (after this merger), the town has an estimated population of 16,172 and a density of 54 persons per km². Your day by day itinerary now includes Izumidani Terraces. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): appreciate the views at Izumidani Terraces, admire the verdant scenery at Shikoku Karst Onogahara, then get to know the fascinating history of Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Ozu Castle, contemplate the long history of Garyu Sanso, then make a trip to Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, and finally admire the striking features of Former Katsudo Shashinkan, Asahikan.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uchiko-cho trip site.

Drive from Matsuyama to Uchiko-cho in 1.5 hours. May in Uchiko-cho sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Uchiko-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Uwajima, visit Yusumizugaura Terrace Field, then see the interesting displays at Uwa Rise Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kaimei School. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Shidenkai Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Uwakai Observatory Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanjizaiji Temple, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Nametoko Valley.

Plan my day in Uwajima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Uchiko-cho to Uwajima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saijo.

Things to do in Uwajima

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saijo

— 3 nights
Saijō is a city in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.DemographicsAs of December 31, 2013, the city has a population of 113,786. Get some cultural insight at Railway History Park and Zuioji Temple. Visiting Mt. Ishizuchi and Sasagamine will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Mt. Kanpuzan in Ino-cho (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yokomineji, get engrossed in the history at Niihama City Hirose Saihei Achivement Museum, cruise along Kamegamori Road, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saijo trip planner.

You can drive from Uwajima to Saijo in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Saijo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

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 some cultural insight at Yakuriji Temple and Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art. Appreciate the collections at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum and Shikoku Mura Village. Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Goshoji Temple (in Utazu-cho) and Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Ritsurin Garden and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kozaiji Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Saijo to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Takamatsu are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Les Archives du coeur. Take a break from the city and head to Kasaneiwa (Piled Rocks) and Dofuchi Strait. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine and Catholic Shodoshima Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tonosho-cho trip planning website.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Tonosho-cho in 2 hours. June in Tonosho-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Naruto

— 3 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Naruto German House. Visit Izanagi Shrine and Ryozen-ji Temple for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Otsuka Museum of Art and Naruto City Kagawa Toyohiko Memorial Hall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naruto: Kokokuji Temple (in Yura-cho), Taisenji Temple (in Kamiita-cho) and Sumoto Castle (in Sumoto). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Oasahiko Shrine, don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, and explore the activities along Naruto Strait.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Naruto tour planning tool.

Drive from Tonosho-cho to Naruto in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Naruto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kochi

— 4 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.
Chikurinji Temple and Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Hotsumisakiji Temple and Ekingura for their historical value. Explore Kochi's surroundings by going to Muroto Cape (in Muroto), Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi (in Aki) and Ryoma History Museam (in Konan). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Yokoyama Memorial Manga Museum, and head outdoors with Wanpaku Kochi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kochi

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Miyoshi

— 3 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Iyakei Valley, Oboke Koboke, Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge, and other attractions. On the 17th (Mon), snap pictures at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke, contemplate the long history of Izutama Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankaku Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsubakaido ( Jofukuji Temple), and finally admire the verdant scenery at Shiozuka Highland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Iyakei Valley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Nogi Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Miyoshi trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kochi to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. In June in Miyoshi, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Imabari.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tamagawa Modern Museum as well as Imabari City Tamagawa Modern Art Gallery. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Tamagawa Modern Museum, walk around Hoshinoura Seaside Park, and then admire the masterpieces at Imabari City Tamagawa Modern Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saikokuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukuzen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tomo no Ura, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abuto Kannon (Bandai-ji Temple Kannondo).

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

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Imabari takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off to Kumakogen-cho.

Things to do in Imabari

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kumakogen-cho

— 1 night
Omogo Valley has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Shikoku Karst and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mimidodake Rock.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kumakogen-cho travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Imabari to Kumakogen-cho takes 2 hours. In June in Kumakogen-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ikata-cho.

Things to do in Kumakogen-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums

Ikata-cho

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sada Misaki. On the 24th (Mon), stroll around Setokaze no Oka Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Oku Observatory, and then explore the activities along Sada Misaki.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ikata-cho sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Kumakogen-cho to Ikata-cho takes 2.5 hours. In June in Ikata-cho, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mugi-cho.

Things to do in Ikata-cho

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature

Mugi-cho

— 2 nights
Teba Island has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakuoji Temple, examine the collection at Hiwasa Chelonian Museum Caretta, kick back and relax at Ohama Coast, then take a memorable drive along Minami Awa Sun Line, and finally examine the collection at Mollusco Mugi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mugi-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ikata-cho to Mugi-cho takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mugi-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.