60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 4 nights
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Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
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Nagano
— 4 nights
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Tsuruoka
— 5 nights
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Hirosaki
— 4 nights
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Towada
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly to Kagoshima Airport, Drive to Nichinan
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Nichinan
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Ibusuki
— 2 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 3 nights
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Himeji
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Miyazu
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
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Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore hidden gems such as Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) and Ainokura Gassho Community. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakui (Cosmo Isle Hakui & Chirihama Nagisa Driveway), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, explore the striking landscape at Shinyamabiko Bridge, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa online sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi

— 2 nights
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Shomyo Falls, then cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount. Tsurugi. Keep things going the next day: trek along Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd., see human ingenuity at work at Kurobe Dam, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tateyama.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tateyama-machi itinerary maker website.

Drive from Kanazawa to Tateyama-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, you will find days in Tateyama-machi are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Takayama

— 4 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Myojin Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Matsumoto (Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, Kaichi Gakko Primary School, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

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Traveling by car from Tateyama-machi to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nagiso-machi

— 2 nights
On the 12th (Tue), engage your brain at Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum, steep yourself in history at Naegi Castle Ruins, then hike along Nakasendo Magome-juku, then trek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Utsugi, then fly down the slopes at Senjojiki Cirque, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hokendake, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mammo Kaitaku Peace Memorial Hall.

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You can drive from Takayama to Nagiso-machi in 2.5 hours. October in Nagiso-machi sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Nagano

— 4 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Snow Monkey Resorts and Togakushi Shrine Chusha. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Karuizawa-machi (Stone Church, Kumoba Pond, &more), Kurumayama Highland (in Chino) and Obuse-machi (Kobayashi Farm, Ganshoin Temple, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake.

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Drive from Nagiso-machi to Nagano in 3 hours. In October in Nagano, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tsuruoka

— 5 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Haguro and Risshaku-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Yamagata (Yamadera Senju-in Temple, Bunshokan, &more), Mogami-machi (House of Hojin & Sakaida Bunsuirei) and Osaki (Onsen Resorts, Naruko Valley, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Gassan, meet the residents at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, and explore the striking landscape at Midagahara Wetlands.

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You can drive from Nagano to Tsuruoka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Tsuruoka are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hirosaki

— 4 nights
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Juniko and Mt. Iwaki. Get out of town with these interesting Hirosaki side-trips: Tachineputa No Yakata (in Goshogawara), Fukaura-machi (Koganezaki & Blue Pond) and Saga no Taki Fall (in Fujisato-machi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Shirakami Sanchi, walk around Hirosaki Park, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hirosaki online journey planner.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Hirosaki in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Tsuruoka in October, things will get a bit cooler in Hirosaki: highs are around 59°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Towada.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Towada

— 2 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 27th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Itomuka no Irie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Towada Shrine, take a tour by water with Guriland, then explore the activities along Oirase Gorge, then admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soak in some Japanese tradition at Higashi Hakkoda Onsen, then engage your brain at Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River, and finally explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Towada trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hirosaki to Towada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hirosaki in October, Towada is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 8 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Best Experience Japan and Street Kart Shibuya. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Jindai-ji Temple (in Chofu) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Samurai Museum, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and have fun at teamLab☆Planets.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Towada to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Towada, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nichinan.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Nichinan

— 1 night
Tourism in Nichinan, a town on Japan's southernmost island of Kyushu, flourishes thanks to the scenic Nichinan-Kaigan coastline, a stretch of secluded coves, islands, and tranquil beaches.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sunmesse Nichinan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine, and then kick back and relax at Nichinan Coast.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nichinan trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Nichinan. In November in Nichinan, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Nichinan

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Ibusuki

— 2 nights
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
On the 7th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Kamikawaotaki Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Onodake, then kick back and relax at Fushime Coast, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Chiringashima, admire all the interesting features of JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, don't miss a visit to Cape Nagasakibana, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake, then get engrossed in the history at Chiran Peace Museum, and finally walk around Sebira Park.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ibusuki route builder website.

Traveling by car from Nichinan to Ibusuki takes 3 hours. While traveling from Nichinan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ibusuki, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Oko no Taki Fall and Yakusugi Land. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho takes 3 hours. When traveling from Ibusuki in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Yakushima-cho, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Osaka

— 5 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nigatsu-do Temple and Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Nunohiki River Valley), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Koya-cho (Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Abeno Harukas, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and browse the exhibits of Mint Museum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in November: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 63°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naruto

— 3 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Otsuka Museum of Art and Naruto Strait. Change things up with these side-trips from Naruto: Yoshinogawa City Misato Firefly Center (in Yoshinogawa), Awaji (Awaji Highway Oasis, Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, &more) and Tokushima (Tokushimacity Tengu Museum & Zuiganji Temple). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, visit J Power & Yonden Wonderland, and snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Naruto route maker.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Naruto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Osaka in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Naruto, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 20th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then make a trip to Himeji Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Miyazu.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Miyazu

— 2 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
On the 21st (Sun), admire the striking features of Chion-ji Temple Tahoto, contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, then stroll around Kasamatsu Park, then contemplate the long history of Ine no Funaya, and finally make a trip to Manai Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kyotango Municipal Museum of The Ancient City of Tango, deepen your knowledge of military history at Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd, then don't miss a visit to Kyu Mikamiye House, and finally take some stellar pictures from Amanohashidate View Land.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyazu planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Miyazu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kamogawa River and Tenryuji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Toba Aquarium (in Toba) and Ise (Oharai-machi, Sarutahiko Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and stop by Gion.

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Drive from Miyazu to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chubu travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.

Tohoku travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Kyushu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.

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.