58 days in Shikoku Itinerary

58 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Matsuyama
— 6 nights
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Uwajima
— 6 nights
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Otsuki-cho
— 2 nights
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Kumakogen-cho
— 3 nights
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Saijo
— 5 nights
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Kochi
— 7 nights
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Muroto
— 3 nights
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Miyoshi
— 6 nights
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Takamatsu
— 7 nights
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Naruto
— 5 nights
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Matsuyama

— 6 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas and Garyu Sanso. Get outdoors at Hojo Kashima and Gogoshima Island. Get out of town with these interesting Matsuyama side-trips: Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo), Shimonada Station (in Iyo) and Uchiko-cho (Izumidani Terraces, Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsubaki Shrine, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, and meet the residents at Ehime Tobe Zoo.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Matsuyama day trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Matsuyama is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Matsuyama due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in October, with highs in Matsuyama at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Uwajima

— 6 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. Take a break from the city and head to Shimanto River and Nametoko Valley. Discover out-of-the-way places like Uwajima Castle and Shidenkai Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Uwajima: Yawatahama First Air-raid Shelter Trace (in Yawatahama), Ozu (Shussekiji Temple, Ozu Houses Of The Meiji, &more) and Shimanto (Iwama Chinka Bridge & Hage Chinka Bridge). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Uwajima, see the interesting displays at Sei Bunkazai Dekoboko Shindo, kick back and relax at Minokoshi Coast, and enjoy breathtaking views from Cape Komo Observatory Park.

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You can drive from Matsuyama to Uwajima in 1.5 hours. October in Uwajima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Otsuki-cho.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otsuki-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Odo Coast, then kick back and relax at Kashiwajima Island, and then walk around Kanyoto Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Ideioketsu, take in the views from Takase Submersible Bridge, snap pictures at Submersible Bridge of Sada, then take in panoramic vistas at Kannon Rock Lookout, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Odoyama Lookout.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Otsuki-cho online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Uwajima to Otsuki-cho takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kumakogen-cho.

Things to do in Otsuki-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kumakogen-cho

— 3 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Shikoku Karst and Furuiwaya. Step out of the city life by going to Ogawa Ridge and Omogo Valley.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumakogen-cho travel route site.

Traveling by car from Otsuki-cho to Kumakogen-cho takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saijo.

Things to do in Kumakogen-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Saijo

— 5 nights
Saijō is a city in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.DemographicsAs of December 31, 2013, the city has a population of 113,786. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Ishizuchi and Nakatsu Valley. Get in touch with nature at Yasuike Valley and Kamegamori Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saijo: Namekawakeikoku (in Toon), Imabari (Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, Itoyama Park, &more) and Mt. Kanpuzan (in Ino-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yokomineji, make a trip to Kobomizu, and explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Saijo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kumakogen-cho to Saijo takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Saijo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Saijo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kochi

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden and Godaisan Park. Visiting Katsura Hama and Wanpaku Kochi will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi: Konan (Ekingura, Tei Port, &more), Kami (Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum & Poem & Marchen Gallery) and Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi (in Aki). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, make a trip to Sugi no Osugi, admire the sheer force of Nagasawa Falls, and explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

Plan a Kochi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Saijo to Kochi takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Muroto.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Muroto

— 3 nights
Muroto is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. Explore hidden gems such as Muroto Cape and Hotsumisakiji Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark and Mikurodo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Muroto: Shintaro Nakamura Hall (in Kitagawa-mura), Konomineji Temple (in Yasuda-cho) and Ioki Cave (in Aki). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Muroto Dolphins Center, meet the residents at Muroto Haiko Aquarium, stop by Searest Muroto, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Muroto Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Muroto online trip planner.

You can drive from Kochi to Muroto in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Muroto can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Muroto

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Miyoshi

— 6 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Tsurugi and Onsen Resorts. Get outdoors at Iyakei Valley and Shiozuka Highland. Venture out of the city with trips to Zentsuji (Nogi Museum & Zentsu-ji Temple), Befukyo Canyon (in Kami) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohiragu shrine office, Kotohira-gu, &more). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugi Shrine, trek along Mt. Miune, and admire the engineering at Hōnen'ike Dam.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Miyoshi trip planner.

Getting from Muroto to Miyoshi by car takes about 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Muroto in November: highs in Miyoshi hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ogijima Island and Yakuriji Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Yashima and Naoshima. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Awa (Kumadaniji Temple & Kirihataji Temple), Naoshima-cho (Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima Bath, &more) and Yasoba Spring (in Sakaide). There's lots more to do: stroll around Ritsurin Garden, admire the striking features of Takamatsu Ogi Exchange Center, explore the activities along Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, and admire the masterpieces at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Takamatsu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Naruto

— 5 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Naruto Strait and Asutamu-Land Tokushima. Visiting Naruto Skyline and Naruto Whirlpools will get you outdoors. Explore Naruto's surroundings by going to Taisenji Temple (in Kamiita-cho), Shirotori Zoo (in Higashikagawa) and Itano-cho (Tokushima Sports Village & Konsen-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Senjojiki Observation Deck, make a trip to Uzu no Michi, and see the interesting displays at The Naruto German House.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Naruto trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Takamatsu in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Naruto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Naruto

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 5 nights
Get in touch with nature at Teshima Island and Nakayama Senmaida. Explore hidden gems such as Yama-Roku Shoyu and Kasaneiwa (Piled Rocks). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tonosho-cho: Shodoshima-cho (Marukin Soysouce Memorial, Shihoyubi Viewing Deck, &more).

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tonosho-cho journey site.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Tonosho-cho takes 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Naruto in November since evenings lows in Tonosho-cho dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shikoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · 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.