5 days in Shikoku Itinerary

5 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Naruto
— 1 day
Drive
2
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kochi
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Naruto

— 1 day
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): make a trip to Uzu no Michi, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the views from Onaruto Bridge.

For more things to do and tourist information, use the Naruto holiday website.

Tokyo to Naruto is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Naruto are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Takamatsu

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): walk around Tamamo Park, walk around Ritsurin Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle, then take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Takamatsu itinerary website.

You can drive from Naruto to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Naruto in March, Takamatsu is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 17th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, walk around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), then step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, and finally examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Matsuyama holiday planning app.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Matsuyama in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, then kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
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.