46 days in Shikoku Itinerary

46 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku trip planner

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Matsuyama
— 5 nights
Drive
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Uwajima
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Miyoshi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marugame
— 5 nights
Drive
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Naoshima-cho
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 5 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 8 nights
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Matsuyama

— 5 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Get a sense of the local culture at Matsuyama Castle and Imabari Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Nogutsunajima Island and Sakurai Coast. Venture out of the city with trips to Imabari (Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, Hoshinoura Seaside Park, &more), Kazaana - Kamihayashi Forest Park (in Toon) and Futami Seaside Park Beach (in Iyo). The adventure continues: test the waters at a local thermal spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higiri Zenshoji Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Coast, and don't miss a visit to Toban no Michi.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip itinerary maker site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Matsuyama is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November: high temperatures in Matsuyama hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Uwajima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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 Shimanto Local Hisotorical Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Warei Shrine and Ryuko-in Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Uwajima side-trips: Ainan-cho (Uwakai Observatory Tower, Shidenkai Exhibition Hall, &more), Mt. Sasayama (in Sukumo) and Shimanto (Misato Chinka Bridge, Tamematsu Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Sei Bunkazai Dekoboko Shindo, take some stellar pictures from Uwajima, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiburi-jima Okinoshima Island, and stop by Michi-no-Eki Mima.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uwajima trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Uwajima takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Uwajima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kochi

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Ekingura and Kochi Liberty and People's Rights Museum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Kochi Castle and Konomine Shrine are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi: Cape Oyama-misaki (in Aki), Konomineji Temple (in Yasuda-cho) and Prefectural Tsukimiyama Children's Forest (in Konan). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Katsura Hama, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Harimaya Main, and pause for some photo ops at Risshisha Monument.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kochi trip simple and quick.

Drive from Uwajima to Kochi in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Miyoshi

— 5 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Visiting Shiozuka Highland and Chichibugahama Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Miyoshi side-trips: Kanonji (Mt. Unpenji & Ichinomiya Park Kaigan) and Kawanoe Hachiman Shrine (in Shikokuchuo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, identify plant and animal life at Kurozou Marshland, take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, and steep yourself in history at Onishi Castle Ruins.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Miyoshi driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kochi to Miyoshi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kochi in November, you will find days in Miyoshi are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marugame.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Marugame

— 5 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. Get a sense of the local culture at Kotohira-gu and Entsuji Temple. Marugame Castle and Myoho-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marugame: Sanagi Island (in Tadotsu-cho), Zentsuji Tourism Exchange Center (in Zentsuji) and Kotohira-cho (Dainen-ji Temple & Kotohiragu shrine office). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Honjima Island, admire the striking features of Jukakuin, get outside with Shami Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shami Nakanda Beach Ruins.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Marugame driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Miyoshi to Marugame in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Marugame

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho

— 5 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.
Takamatsu Castle and Hiunkaku will appeal to history buffs. Chichu Art Museum and Benesse House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naoshima-cho: Takamatsu (Oni no Yakata, Yashima, &more). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, visit Naoshima Bath, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokuraku-ji Temple, and appreciate the history behind Haruyo Horiuchi Statue.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Naoshima-cho road trip website.

You can drive from Marugame to Naoshima-cho in 2 hours. December in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 5 nights
Get some historical perspective at Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine and Kasuga Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Teshima Art Museum and Seigan-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tonosho-cho side-trips: Shodoshima-cho (Olive Beach, Mt. Hoshigajo, &more).

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tonosho-cho trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Naoshima-cho to Tonosho-cho takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Naruto

— 8 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Appreciate the collections at Otsuka Museum of Art and Tokushimacity Tengu Museum. Awa Odori Hall and Anrakuji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Naruto's surroundings by going to Salt Lake Hiketa (in Higashikagawa), Tokushima (Bizan Ropeway, Raifuku-ji Temple, &more) and Ishii-cho (Residence of Tanaka Family & Dogakuji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, head outdoors with Okazaki Beach, don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Komatsu Beach.

Make your Naruto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Tonosho-cho to Naruto in 3 hours. Traveling from Tonosho-cho in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Naruto. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Naruto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.