41 days in Shikoku Itinerary

41 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku trip planner

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Kochi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Muroto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tosashimizu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uwajima
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 6 nights
Drive
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Miyoshi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 4 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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Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chikurinji Temple and The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi side-trips: Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture (in Konan) and Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, don't miss a visit to Tourism Event Hall Ryomaden Bakumatsu Shishi Shachu, stroll around Godaisan Park, and hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi driving holiday planning website.

Vancouver, Canada to Kochi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Kochi. Traveling from Vancouver in September, expect Kochi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Muroto.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Muroto

— 3 nights
Muroto is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muroto Cape and Cape Muroto Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Aki (Ioki Cave & Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi), Shintaro Nakamura Hall (in Kitagawa-mura) and Konomineji Temple (in Yasuda-cho). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Muroto Dolphins Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hotsumisakiji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Muroto Skyline Observatory Tsurumi, and look for gifts at Searest Muroto.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Muroto tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Muroto takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Muroto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Muroto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tosashimizu

— 4 nights
Tosashimizu is a city located in the southwest of Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. Step off the beaten path and head to Kashiwajima Island and Cape Ashizuri. Explore Tosashimizu's surroundings by going to Takase Submersible Bridge (in Shimanto), Shimanto-cho (Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto & Iwamotoji Temple) and Otsuki-cho (Kannon Rock Lookout, Odoyama Lookout, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Minokoshi Coast, don't miss a visit to Minokoshikaigan, examine the collection at John Manjiro Museum, and explore the ancient world of Tojindaiba Ruins.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tosashimizu route tool.

Getting from Muroto to Tosashimizu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Uwajima

— 4 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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Uwajima Castle and Sada Misaki. Venture out of the city with trips to Setokaze no Oka Park (in Ikata-cho), Shimanto (Hage Chinka Bridge & Iwama Chinka Bridge) and Ainan-cho (Kanjizaiji Temple, Sotodomari, &more). There's much more to do: visit Yusumizugaura Terrace Field, take in panoramic vistas at Hokezutoge Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Shimanto River, and get great views at Uwajima.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uwajima sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tosashimizu to Uwajima in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 6 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shinrokaku and Tsubaki Shrine. Explore Matsuyama's surroundings by going to Imabari (Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, &more), Uchiko-cho (Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, &more) and Garyu Sanso (in Ozu). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, see the interesting displays at Seki Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yokomineji, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip planner.

You can drive from Uwajima to Matsuyama in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Miyoshi

— 4 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Tsurugi and Onsen Resorts. Explore Miyoshi's surroundings by going to Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji), Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu & Kotohiragu shrine office) and Befukyo Canyon (in Kami). There's lots more to do: stop by Kakashi no Sato, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hashikuraji Temple, trek along Mt. Unpenji, and take in the views from Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyoshi trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Miyoshi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Naruto

— 4 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Oasahiko Shrine and Naruto Strait. Venture out of the city with trips to Okuboji Temple (in Sanuki) and Taisenji Temple (in Kamiita-cho). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Naruto Skyline, don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and relax in the rural setting at Fruit Garden Yamagata.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Naruto trip planner.

You can drive from Miyoshi to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Miyoshi in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naruto, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naruto

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ogijima Island and Sanuki Kid's Kingdom. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takamatsu: Awa (Kirihataji Temple & Kumadaniji Temple), Anrakuji Temple (in Kamiita-cho) and Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck (in Tokushima). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, and enjoy the sea views from Takamatsu's Red Lighthouse.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Naruto in October, Takamatsu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yama-Roku Shoyu and Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tonosho-cho: Shodoshima-cho (Hishionosato, Kusakabe Port, &more).

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tonosho-cho driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Takamatsu to Tonosho-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Tonosho-cho, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Naoshima-cho

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, don't miss a visit to Subaru Ishikawa Art Series, examine the collection at 007 Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, then visit Naoshima Bath, and finally make a trip to Akakabocha. On the next day, examine the collection at Ando Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, then admire the masterpieces at Lee Ufan Art Museun, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Naoshima Pavillion.

Plan my day in Naoshima-cho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Tonosho-cho to Naoshima-cho in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Parks · Nature

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.