41 days in Shikoku Itinerary

41 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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41 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Kochi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Muroto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Tosashimizu
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Uwajima
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Matsuyama
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Miyoshi
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Naruto
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Takamatsu
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden and Chikurinji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi: Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami) and Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture (in Konan). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, see the interesting displays at Torahiko Terada Museum, get lost in a book at Otepia Kochi Library, and don't miss a visit to Tourism Event Hall Ryomaden Bakumatsu Shishi Shachu.

Plan a Kochi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Vancouver, Canada to Kochi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in September, things will get a bit warmer in Kochi: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Muroto.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, Zenshibuji Temple, Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
Highlights from your plan
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Tosa Shrine ©
Tosa Shrine

3
nights
Muroto

Muroto ©
Muroto is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Muroto and Searest Muroto. Change things up with these side-trips from Muroto: Konomineji Temple (in Yasuda-cho), Shintaro Nakamura Hall (in Kitagawa-mura) and Aki (Ioki Cave & Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Muroto Dolphins Center, head outdoors with Mikurodo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinshoji Temple, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Muroto Lighthouse.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Muroto online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kochi to Muroto takes 2 hours. In September in Muroto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Muroto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aki, Shintaro Nakamura Hall, Konomineji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Hotsumisakiji Temple ©
Hotsumisakiji Temple
Muroto Cape ©
Muroto Cape
Muroto Dolphins Center ©
Muroto Dolphins Center

4
nights
Tosashimizu

Tosashimizu ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Ashizuri and Tojindaiba Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Tosashimizu: Otsuki-cho (Kashiwajima Island, Kannon Rock Lookout, & more), Takase Submersible Bridge (in Shimanto) and Shimanto-cho (Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto & Iwamotoji Temple).

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tosashimizu tour itinerary maker tool .

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

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otsuki-cho, Shimanto-cho, Takase Submersible Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Shiraoyama ©
Mt. Shiraoyama
Cape Ashizuri ©
Cape Ashizuri
Ryugu Shrine ©
Ryugu Shrine

4
nights
Uwajima

Uwajima ©
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Uwajima Castle and Sotodomari. Explore Uwajima's surroundings by going to Shimanto (Hage Chinka Bridge & Iwama Chinka Bridge), Ainan-cho (Kanjizaiji Temple, Cape Komo Observatory Park, & more) and Ikata-cho (Cape Sada & Setokaze no Oka Park). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Shimanto River, enjoy breathtaking views from Hokezutoge Observatory, admire the verdant scenery at Nametoko Valley, and get great views at Uwajima.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Uwajima holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Tosashimizu to Uwajima takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ainan-cho, Shimanto, Ikata-cho, Hokezutoge Observatory, Shimanto River
Highlights from your plan
Shimanto River ©
Shimanto River
Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Yusumizugaura Terrace Field ©
Yusumizugaura Terrace Field

6
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
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 Mt. Kiro Observatory Park and Kashima Kaisuiyokujo. Venture out of the city with trips to Imabari (Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, Hakata-Oshima Bridge, & more), Garyu Sanso (in Ozu) and Uchiko-cho (Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, get to know the resident critters at Ehime Tobe Zoo, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shirai Fall.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Matsuyama route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Uwajima to Matsuyama takes 1.5 hours. October in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Imabari, Uchiko-cho, Toon, Garyu Sanso, Shimonada Station
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park ©
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge ©
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge

4
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge and Hōnen'ike Dam. Get out of town with these interesting Miyoshi side-trips: Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu Shrine & Kotohiragu shrine office), Befukyo Canyon (in Kami) and Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji). There's still lots to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, head outdoors with Dogama, admire the sheer force of Biwa Waterfall, and snap pictures at Iya Kazura Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Miyoshi tour website .

Getting from Matsuyama to Miyoshi by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kanonji, Kotohira-cho, Zentsu-ji Temple, Mt. Tsurugi, Befukyo Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple
Kakashi no Sato ©
Kakashi no Sato

4
nights
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Onaruto Bridge and Okuboji Temple. When in Naruto, make a side trip to see Taisenji Temple in Kamiita-cho, approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oasahiko Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Yomomi Bridge Observatory, make a trip to Uzu no Michi, and stop by Kitanada Sea Station.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Naruto route maker .

Getting from Miyoshi to Naruto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Miyoshi in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naruto, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naruto

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Taisenji Temple, Okuboji Temple, Asutamu-Land Tokushima, Naruto Whirlpools
Highlights from your plan
Asutamu-Land Tokushima ©
Asutamu-Land Tokushima
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge
Naruto Strait ©
Naruto Strait

5
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
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 Marugame Castle and Shikoku Mura Village. Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Awa (Kirihataji Temple & Kumadaniji Temple), Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck (in Tokushima) and Anrakuji Temple (in Kamiita-cho). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Ritsurin Garden, head off the coast to Ogijima Island, let the kids burn off some steam at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, and admire the masterpieces at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Takamatsu day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Naruto to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Naruto in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Takamatsu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Awa, Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck, Anrakuji Temple, Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, Marugame Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Ogijima Island ©
Ogijima Island
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum ©
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum

4
nights
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Teshima Art Museum and Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tonosho-cho side-trips: Shodoshima-cho (Hishionosato, Yama-Roku Shoyu, & more).

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tonosho-cho driving holiday planner.

Getting from Takamatsu to Tonosho-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
Highlights from your plan
Teshima Island ©
Teshima Island
Yama-Roku Shoyu ©
Yama-Roku Shoyu
Angel Road ©
Angel Road

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
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, see the interesting displays at 007 Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, and finally make a trip to Akakabocha. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Ando Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, admire the masterpieces at Lee Ufan Art Museun, then explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Naoshima Pavillion.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho road trip planning site .

Drive from Tonosho-cho to Naoshima-cho in 2.5 hours. In October in Naoshima-cho, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima Bath ©
Naoshima Bath
Akakabocha ©
Akakabocha