39 days in Shikoku Itinerary

39 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Hiroshima Airport, Drive to Saijo
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Saijo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 4 nights
Drive
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Muroto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Otsuki-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uwajima
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kumakogen-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 6 nights
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Saijo

— 3 nights
Saijō is a city in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.DemographicsAs of December 31, 2013, the city has a population of 113,786. Explore hidden gems such as Yasuike Valley and Yokomineji. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saijo: Imabari (Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, Oyamazumi Shrine, &more), Namekawakeikoku (in Toon) and Nakatsu Valley (in Niyodogawa-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ishizuchi, make a trip to Kobomizu, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saijo road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Saijo is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Traveling from New York City in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Saijo: highs are around 56°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Saijo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum and Chikurinji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi: Miyoshi (Biwa Waterfall, Iya Kazura Bridge, &more), Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture (in Konan) and Kochi Ryoma Airport Deck (in Nankoku). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Katsura Hama, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, make a trip to Tourism Event Hall Ryomaden Bakumatsu Shishi Shachu, and contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi road trip planning website.

Getting from Saijo to Kochi by car takes about 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanuki Kid's Kingdom and Onaruto Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takamatsu: Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge (in Miyoshi), Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji) and Mt. Tsurugi (in Mima). There's still lots to do: stroll around Ritsurin Garden, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yama-Roku Shoyu and Marukin Soysouce Memorial. Explore Tonosho-cho's surroundings by going to Shodoshima-cho (Shihoyubi Viewing Deck, Seigan-ji Temple, &more).

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tonosho-cho online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Tonosho-cho takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Muroto.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muroto

— 2 nights
Muroto is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muroto Cape and Mikurodo. Explore Muroto's surroundings by going to Konomineji Temple (in Yasuda-cho), Ioki Cave (in Aki) and Kitagawa-mura (Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa & Shintaro Nakamura Hall). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Muroto Dolphins Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongochoji, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Muroto Haiko Aquarium, and stop by Searest Muroto.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Muroto day trip planning app.

Getting from Tonosho-cho to Muroto by car takes about 5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Otsuki-cho.

Things to do in Muroto

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otsuki-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Kannon Rock Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Kashiwajima Island, and then walk around Kanyoto Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Odoyama Lookout, then kick back and relax at Odo Coast, and then take in the waterfront activity at Kashinishi Coast.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Otsuki-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Muroto to Otsuki-cho by car takes about 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Uwajima.

Things to do in Otsuki-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Uwajima

— 5 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garyu Sanso and Sada Misaki. Venture out of the city with trips to Iwama Chinka Bridge (in Shimanto), Minokoshi Coast (in Tosashimizu) and Setokaze no Oka Park (in Ikata-cho). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Uwajima Castle, stop by Shinjukaikan, take in panoramic vistas at Cape Komo Observatory Park, and examine the collection at Shidenkai Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Uwajima online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Otsuki-cho to Uwajima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kumakogen-cho.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumakogen-cho

— 3 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple and Kuma Ski LAnd.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kumakogen-cho vacation planner.

Getting from Uwajima to Kumakogen-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kumakogen-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Matsuyama

— 6 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ehime Tobe Zoo and Itami Juzo Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Matsuyama side-trips: Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo), Shirai Fall (in Toon) and Uchiko-cho (Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, Former Katsudo Shashinkan, Asahikan, &more). There's still lots to do: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsubaki Shrine, contemplate the long history of Taisanji Temple, and make a trip to Shimonada Station.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Matsuyama online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kumakogen-cho to Matsuyama takes 1.5 hours. April in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Shikoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · 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.