44 days in Shikoku Itinerary

44 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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44 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Takamatsu
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Naruto
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Miyoshi
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Kochi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Tosashimizu
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Matsuyama
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Saijo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Hamburg

4
nights
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Shodoshima-cho (Marukin Soysouce Memorial, Yama-Roku Shoyu, & more).

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tonosho-cho journey planner.

Hamburg, Germany to Tonosho-cho is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Hamburg to Tonosho-cho due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hamburg in April: high temperatures in Tonosho-cho hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
Highlights from your plan
Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park ©
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Angel Road ©
Angel Road

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naoshima-cho: Sakaide (Shamijima, Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Museum, & more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, make a trip to Akakabocha, step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, and admire the landmark architecture of Naoshima port terminal.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Naoshima-cho trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Tonosho-cho to Naoshima-cho in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sakaide
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zentsuji (Zentsu-ji Temple & Kyu Zentsujikaikosya), Ubushina Shrine (in Utazu-cho) and Marugame Castle (in Marugame). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, walk around Tsuda Matsubara, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakuriji Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Takamatsu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Naoshima-cho to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Zentsuji, Tsuda Matsubara, Marugame Castle, Ubushina Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

5
nights
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anan (Omatsu Daigongen & J Power & Yonden Wonderland), Tokushima (Mount Bizan, Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck, & more) and Minami Awa Sun Line (in Minami-cho). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, explore the activities along Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Okuboji Temple, and make a trip to Zuiganji Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Naruto holiday builder .

You can drive from Takamatsu to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Takamatsu in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Naruto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Naruto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokushima, Anan, Itano-cho, Kumadaniji Temple, Okuboji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

5
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Change things up with these side-trips from Miyoshi: Senryuji Temple (in Shikokuchuo), Befukyo Canyon (in Kami) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu Shrine & Kotohiragu shrine office). There's much more to do: take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, admire the verdant scenery at Shiozuka Highland, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and see human ingenuity at work at Hōnen'ike Dam.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Miyoshi trip planner .

Drive from Naruto to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Naruto in April since evenings lows in Miyoshi dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Iyadani-ji Temple, Mt. Tsurugi, Hōnen'ike Dam, Befukyo Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Kotohira-gu Shrine ©
Kotohira-gu Shrine
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kochi side-trips: Muroto (Fudoiwa & Cape Muroto), Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi (in Aki) and Ittohyo Chinka Bridge (in Shimanto-cho). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kochi travel route builder app .

You can take a train from Miyoshi to Kochi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kami, Muroto, Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido, Ittohyo Chinka Bridge, Zenshibuji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba

4
nights
Tosashimizu

Tosashimizu ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Odoyama Lookout (in Otsuki-cho), Ainan-cho (Uwakai Observatory Tower & Sotodomari) and Shimanto (Hage Chinka Bridge, Submersible Bridge of Sada, & more).

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tosashimizu trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kochi to Tosashimizu takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shimanto, Ainan-cho, Shimanto River, Odoyama Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Shimanto River ©
Shimanto River
Cape Ashizuri ©
Cape Ashizuri
Sotodomari ©
Sotodomari

6
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsuyama: Shimonada Station (in Iyo), Uwajima Castle (in Uwajima) and Seiyo (Seumatsu Family House & Shikoku Karst Onogahara). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, admire the striking features of Bansuiso, and make a trip to Garyu Sanso.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tosashimizu to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saijo.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ozu, Uchiko-cho, Tobe-cho, Seiyo, Uwajima Castle
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Onsen Resorts
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

3
nights
Saijo

Saijo ©
Saijō is a city in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.DemographicsAs of December 31, 2013, the city has a population of 113,786. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saijo: Imabari (Imabari Castle, Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, & more) and Mt. Kanpuzan (in Ino-cho). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kamegamori Forest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishiyama Koryuji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Maegamiji Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Saijo trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Matsuyama to Saijo by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saijo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imabari, Mt. Kanpuzan
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Ishizuchi ©
Mt. Ishizuchi
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge ©
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park ©
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park

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