41 days in Shikoku Itinerary

41 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Drive to Ben Gurion International Airport, Fly to Takamatsu Airport, Drive to Tokushima
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Tokushima
— 4 nights
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Takamatsu
— 5 nights
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Matsuyama
— 5 nights
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Uwajima
— 5 nights
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Tosashimizu
— 5 nights
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Kochi
— 4 nights
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Miyoshi
— 3 nights
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Marugame
— 2 nights
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 5 nights
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Tokushima

— 4 nights
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Bizan and Shimmachi River. Get a sense of the local culture at Otsuka Museum of Art and Taisenji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Furumugi Beach (in Mugi-cho), Osuna Beach (in Kaiyo-cho) and Naruto (Konaruto Bridge & Okazaki Beach). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hannyain Temple, don't miss a visit to Residence of Tanaka Family, and snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokushima trip planning site.

Jerusalem, Israel to Tokushima is an approximately 21-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Tokushima due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in June: highs in Tokushima hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shikoku Mura Village and Koken-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Takamatsu Castle and Jubuji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Naoshima-cho (Haruyo Horiuchi Statue, Sumiyoshi Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, admire the striking features of The Hyakujushi Bank Takamatsu Branch, contemplate the long history of Hiunkaku, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokyo-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu trip planner.

Getting from Tokushima to Takamatsu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Matsuyama

— 5 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Visiting Hojo Kashima and Takahama Coast will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matsuyama Castle and Ishiteji. Explore Matsuyama's surroundings by going to Imabari (Hoshinoura Seaside Park, Imabari Castle, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, take an in-depth tour of Yuzukijo Museum, and get outside with Kashima Kaisuiyokujo.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Matsuyama online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Matsuyama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side 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. Uwajima Castle and Kanjizaiji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Ao Island and Ashizuri Uwakai National Park Sasayama Mountain will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Uwajima: Ozu (Pokopen Yokochou & Ozu Akarengakan) and Ainan-cho (Cape Komo Observatory Park, Sotodomari, &more). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Uwajima City Bull Ring, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiburi-jima Okinoshima Island, look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Mima, and contemplate the long history of Dairyu-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uwajima itinerary planning website.

Drive from Matsuyama to Uwajima in 1.5 hours. In July in Uwajima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tosashimizu

— 5 nights
Tosashimizu is a city located in the southwest of Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. Get outdoors at Tatsukushi Coast and Odo Coast. Change things up with these side-trips from Tosashimizu: Mt. Imanoyama (in Mihara-mura) and Otsuki-cho (Odoyama Lookout, Kashinishi Coast, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Minokoshi Coast, kick back and relax at Kanaezaki Cape, make a trip to Minokoshikaigan, and take in the pleasant sights at Cape Ashizuri.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tosashimizu online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Uwajima to Tosashimizu takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Visiting Katsura Hama and Todoro Fall will get you outdoors. Visit Kochi Castle and Konomineji Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi: Lake Okumonobe (in Kami), Jibasan Ichiba (in Aki) and Konomine Shrine (in Yasuda-cho). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Hirome Ichiba, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market, appreciate the history behind Risshisha Monument, and steep yourself in history at Takechi Hanpeita Residence and Dojo Ruins.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kochi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Tosashimizu to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Miyoshi

— 3 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Miune and Ichinomiya Park Kaigan. Venture out of the city with trips to Nishihama Beach (in Mitoyo) and Chosa Kaikan (in Kanonji). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, make a trip to Kenmi Shrine, snap pictures at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge, and get outside with Kurozou Marshland.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyoshi trip website.

You can drive from Kochi to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. In July in Miyoshi, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marugame.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Marugame

— 2 nights
Marugame is a city located in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan., the city has an estimated population of 109,922 and a population density of 980 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dainen-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Matsuo-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Kotohiragu shrine office, and finally contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoho-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Marugame Museum, then examine the collection at Sanuki Museum of Soy Sauce Art, then head off the coast to Honjima Island, and finally explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Marugame trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Miyoshi to Marugame by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Marugame can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Marugame

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 5 nights
Get some cultural insight at Teshima Art Museum and Hosai Ozaki Memorial. Step out of the city life by going to Angel Road and Dofuchi Strait. Get out of town with these interesting Tonosho-cho side-trips: Shodoshima-cho (Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi, Marukin Soysouce Memorial, &more).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tonosho-cho trip planning tool.

You can drive from Marugame to Tonosho-cho in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tonosho-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.