60 days in Shikoku Itinerary

60 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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60 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Kochi
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tosashimizu
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Uchiko-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Matsuyama
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Saijo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Miyoshi
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Tokushima
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Takamatsu
— 8 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Zurich

7
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi: Muroto (Fudoiwa, Muroto Dolphins Center, & more), Nagoya Chinka Bridge (in Hidaka-mura) and Ittohyo Chinka Bridge (in Shimanto-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenshibuji Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, and don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kochi road trip app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Kochi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Kochi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in August, with highs in Kochi at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muroto, Konan, Nankoku, Kami, Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido
Highlights from your plan
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba

5
nights
Tosashimizu

Tosashimizu ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tosashimizu: Shimanto (Submersible Bridge of Sada, Takase Submersible Bridge, & more), Ainan-cho (Shidenkai Museum, Cape Komo Observatory Park, & more) and Otsuki-cho (Kashiwajima Island & Odoyama Lookout).

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tosashimizu trip planner .

Getting from Kochi to Tosashimizu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Uchiko-cho.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Ainan-cho, Shimanto, Otsuki-cho, Shimanto River
Highlights from your plan
Shimanto River ©
Shimanto River
Cape Ashizuri ©
Cape Ashizuri
Sotodomari ©
Sotodomari

3
nights
Uchiko-cho

Uchiko-cho ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Uchiko-cho: Shimonada Station (in Iyo), Uwajima (Yusumizugaura Terrace Field, Uwajima Castle, & more) and Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo).

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uchiko-cho trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Tosashimizu to Uchiko-cho by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Uchiko-cho can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uchiko-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ozu, Uwajima, Shikoku Karst Onogahara, Shimonada Station
Highlights from your plan
Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Yuge Shrine ©
Yuge Shrine
Shimonada Station ©
Shimonada Station

7
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsuyama: Shirai Fall (in Toon), Imabari (Hakata Beach, Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, & more) and Ao Island (in Ozu). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsubaki Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Meikyokan.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Uchiko-cho to Matsuyama in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Saijo.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Imabari, Tobe-cho, Ao Island, Shirai Fall
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji

5
nights
Saijo

Saijo ©
Saijō is a city in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.DemographicsAs of December 31, 2013, the city has a population of 113,786. Explore Saijo's surroundings by going to Omogo Valley (in Kumakogen-cho), Namekawakeikoku (in Toon) and Mt. Kanpuzan (in Ino-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kamogawa River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishiyama Koryuji Temple, don't miss a visit to Maegamiji Temple, and take in the awesome beauty at Kamegamori Forest.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saijo trip planner .

Getting from Matsuyama to Saijo by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Saijo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Niihama, Omogo Valley, Mt. Kanpuzan, Namekawakeikoku, Yasuike Valley
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Ishizuchi ©
Mt. Ishizuchi
Isono Shrine ©
Isono Shrine
Yokomineji ©
Yokomineji

7
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Get out of town with these interesting Miyoshi side-trips: Mitoyo (Motoyamaji temple, Iyadani-ji Temple, & more), Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu Shrine, Kotohiragu shrine office, & more) and Senryuji Temple (in Shikokuchuo). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, step off the mainland to explore Sanagi Island, and appreciate the views at Shiozuka Highland.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Miyoshi trip planner .

Getting from Saijo to Miyoshi by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Miyoshi are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tokushima.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mitoyo, Zentsuji, Kotohira-cho, Senryuji Temple, Hōnen'ike Dam
Highlights from your plan
Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge

8
nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokushima: Amagoi no Taki (in Kamiyama-cho), Naruto (Otsuka Museum of Art, Ryozen-ji Temple, & more) and Kaiyo-cho (Osuna Beach & Todoroki no Taki). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, take in panoramic vistas at Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck, and see the interesting displays at Yoshinogawa City Misato Firefly Center.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokushima trip site .

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Tokushima takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Miyoshi in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Tokushima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Naruto, Minami-cho, Awa, Yoshinogawa, Kaiyo-cho
Highlights from your plan
Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

5
nights
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Tonosho-cho: Shodoshima-cho (Yama-Roku Shoyu, Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi, & more).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tonosho-cho travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Tonosho-cho takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tokushima in October since evenings lows in Tonosho-cho dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
Highlights from your plan
Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park ©
Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Angel Road ©
Angel Road

3
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naoshima-cho: Honjima Island (in Marugame) and Sakaide (Shamijima & Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, head off the coast to Naoshima, and don't miss a visit to Akakabocha.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Naoshima-cho travel website .

Traveling by car from Tonosho-cho to Naoshima-cho takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sakaide, Honjima Island
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Marugame Castle (in Marugame), Shiromineji Temple (in Sakaide) and Sanuki (Shidoji Temple & Tsuda Matsubara). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, enjoy some diversion at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, admire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park, and admire the masterpieces at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Takamatsu trip planning site .

Drive from Naoshima-cho to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. October in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sanuki, Marugame Castle, Shiromineji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

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