60 days in Shikoku Itinerary

60 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima
— 3 nights
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Tokushima
— 6 nights
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Takamatsu
— 6 nights
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Kochi
— 6 nights
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Tosashimizu
— 5 nights
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Uwajima
— 5 nights
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Matsuyama
— 6 nights
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Niihama
— 5 nights
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Kotohira-cho
— 5 nights
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Sakaide
— 9 nights
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Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima

— 3 nights
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Get out of town with these interesting Shodoshima-cho side-trips: Tonosho-cho (Teshima Island & Dofuchi Strait) and Teshima Art Museum (in Teshima). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park, get in on the family fun at Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi, get engrossed in the history at Marukin Soysouce Memorial, and take in panoramic vistas at Kankakei Summit Observation.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shodoshima-cho trip builder website.

Nice, France to Shodoshima-cho is an approximately 144-hour travel. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Nice to Shodoshima-cho. September in Shodoshima-cho sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokushima.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Tokushima

— 6 nights
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokushima: Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto), Furumugi Beach (in Mugi-cho) and Minami Awa Sun Line (in Minami-cho). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, and explore the activities along Naruto Whirlpools.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tokushima using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shodoshima-cho to Tokushima takes 3 hours. Traveling from Shodoshima-cho in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokushima, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naoshima-cho (Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naritasanshodaiji, steep yourself in history at Hiunkaku, and admire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu online travel route planner.

Drive from Tokushima to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokushima in September, Takamatsu is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Kochi

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kochi side-trips: Yasaka Shrine (in Otoyo-cho), Ichinoya Valley (in Ino-cho) and Aki (Music Monument & Jibasan Ichiba). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, examine the collection at Okawasuji Samurai House Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba, and go for a walk through Kochi Park.

Make your Kochi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Takamatsu to Kochi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. September in Kochi sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tosashimizu

— 5 nights
Tosashimizu is a city located in the southwest of Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. Get out of town with these interesting Tosashimizu side-trips: Idei Valley (in Sukumo) and Shimanto (Yasunami Water Mill Village, Ichijo Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape Ashizuri, kick back and relax at Kanaezaki Cape, take in panoramic vistas at Usuebae Lookout, and contemplate the waterfront views at Oki Coast.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tosashimizu trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Tosashimizu takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Uwajima

— 5 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. Get out of town with these interesting Uwajima side-trips: Ozu (Ao Island, Toyogahashi Eitokuji Temple, &more) and Ainan-cho (Sotodomari, Shidenkai Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Uwajima Castle, stop by Yusumizugaura Terrace Field, make a trip to Butsumokuji Temple, and wander the streets of Tsushimacho.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Uwajima online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tosashimizu to Uwajima in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Uwajima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uwajima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 6 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uchiko-cho (Kosho-ji Temple, Ryuo Park, &more) and Imabari (Hanaguri Seto Observation Deck, Bekkuoyamazumi Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, catch a live event at Botchan Stadium, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and head off the coast to Nogutsunajima Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Matsuyama sightseeing website.

Getting from Uwajima to Matsuyama by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Niihama.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Niihama

— 5 nights
Niihama is a city located in the eastern part of Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Change things up with these side-trips from Niihama: Yuge Shrine (in Kamijima-cho), Saijo (Sasagamine, Shozenji Temple, &more) and Shikokuchuo (Tomisato Dam, Manabe Reseidency, &more). The adventure continues: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Besshi Copper Mine Memorial Museum, explore the activities along Kamogawa River, admire the landmark architecture of Old Hadeba Hydroelectric Plant, and take an in-depth tour of Niihama City Hirose Saihei Achivement Museum.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Niihama driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Niihama in 1.5 hours. In October in Niihama, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Niihama

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho

— 5 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotohira-cho: Mitoyo (Hozan Lake, Nishihama Beach, &more), Orimotoya (in Tsurugi-cho) and Miyoshi (Iya Kazura Bridge, Oboke Koboke, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamara Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Kotohira Municipal Historic Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ichinomiya Park Kaigan.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kotohira-cho online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Niihama to Kotohira-cho takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kotohira-cho are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sakaide.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Sakaide

— 9 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sakaide: Marugame (Honjima Island, Kogarasu Shrine, &more).

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Sakaide is just a stone's throw from Kotohira-cho. In October, daily temperatures in Sakaide can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Sakaide

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Shikoku travel guide

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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.