5 days in Shikoku Itinerary

5 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku planner

Make it your trip
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Tokushima
— 1 night
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
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Kochi
— 1 night
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
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Tokushima

— 1 night
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
On the 8th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Awa Odori Hall, then don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, and finally make a trip to Uzu no Michi. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait, take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, steep yourself in history at Ruins of Tokushima Castle, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck, and finally stroll around Bizan Park.

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Osaka to Tokushima is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Osaka in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokushima, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Takamatsu

— 1 night

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.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, then go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Takamatsu Marugamemachi Shopping Street.

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Traveling by car from Tokushima to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokushima in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Takamatsu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature · Museums

Kochi

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, then don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba, and finally contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kochi tour site.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Kochi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Takamatsu in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kochi: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, then look for gifts at Dogo Onsen Kanko Kaikan, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Matsuyama trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Kochi to Matsuyama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths · Spas

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.