5 days in Shikoku Itinerary

5 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Fly to Takamatsu Airport, Drive to Kotohira-cho
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Hiroshima Airport, Fly to Khon Kaen Airport



Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): examine the collection at Kotohira-gu Shrine Omoteshoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiramine Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu Shrine Asahi no Yashiro. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at Kinryonosato, take an in-depth tour of Nogi Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Marugame Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamanokita Hachiman Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kotohira-cho trip planner.

Khon Kaen, Thailand to Kotohira-cho is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Khon Kaen to Kotohira-cho is 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Khon Kaen in April, with highs in Kotohira-cho at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips


Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 10th (Fri), examine the collection at Ehime University Muserum, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, then soothe aching muscles at Dogo Onsengai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and finally examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama trip maker tool.

Getting from Kotohira-cho to Matsuyama by car takes about 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods

Shikoku travel guide

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.