5 days in Shikoku Itinerary

5 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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5 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Matsuyama
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

1
day
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 19th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate the long history of Taisanji Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kashima Kaisuiyokujo.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama online journey planner .

London, UK to Matsuyama is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Matsuyama due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect Matsuyama to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Onsen Resorts
Kashima Kaisuiyokujo ©
Kashima Kaisuiyokujo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, then pick up some local products at Hirome Ichiba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenshibuji Temple, and finally stroll through Katsurahama Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kochi trip planner.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Kochi sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Zenshibuji Temple
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Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Ritsurin Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Marugame Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: listen to music at Sunport Hall Takamatsu and then stop by Kagawa Bussankan Ritsurinan.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Kochi to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Shopping Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trips

Kotohira-gu, Marugame Castle
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Sunport Hall Takamatsu ©
Sunport Hall Takamatsu
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

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