4 days in Shikoku Itinerary

4 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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4 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kotohira-cho
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Tokyo

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You'll explore and learn at Niihama City Hirose Saihei Achivement Museum and Imabari City Tamagawa Modern Art Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Matsuyama Castle and The Central Shrine of Ishizuchi Jinja. Step out of Matsuyama to go to Saijo and see Nishiyama Koryuji Temple, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsubaki Shrine, kick back and relax at Kashima Kaisuiyokujo, and don't miss a visit to Taisanji Temple.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Matsuyama trip builder tool .

Tokyo to Matsuyama is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In August in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saijo, Niihama City Hirose Saihei Achivement Museum, Imabari City Tamagawa Modern Art Gallery
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Tsubaki Shrine ©
Tsubaki Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Izutama Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zentsu-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Nogi Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiramine Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu Shrine.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kotohira-cho day trip site .

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Kotohira-cho takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kotohira-cho can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zentsuji
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Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Izutama Shrine ©
Izutama Shrine
Shiramine Shrine ©
Shiramine Shrine

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