7 days in Kyoto, Kochi & Shimanto Itinerary

7 days in Kyoto, Kochi & Shimanto Itinerary

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7 days in Kyoto, Kochi & Shimanto Itinerary

Start: Takamatsu
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Shimanto
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
End: Takamatsu

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gio-ji Temple and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). Kyoto Railway Museum and Shimogamo Jinja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto route website .

Takamatsu to Kyoto is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, see the interesting displays at Kochi Literary Museum, then explore the engaging exhibits at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Torahiko Terada Museum. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Katsurahama Beach, take an in-depth tour of The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally examine the collection at Yokoyama Memorial Manga Museum.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kochi travel route builder site .

Getting from Kyoto to Kochi by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. September in Kochi sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Shimanto.

Things to do in Kochi

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
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Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple

1
night
Shimanto

Shimanto ©
Shimanto is a town located in Takaoka District, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan.It was formed on March 20, 2006 from the merger of the town of Kubokawa, from Takaoka District, and the towns of Taishō and Towa, both from Hata District.As of July 27, 2015, the village has an estimated population of 18,269 and a density of 28.5 persons per km². On the 20th (Fri), examine the collection at Seaside Gallery, examine the collection at Ogata Akatsuki-kan, take an in-depth tour of Shimanto Local Hisotorical Museum, explore the historical opulence of Nakamura Castle Ruins, then see the interesting displays at Shimanto River Gakuyukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo Shrine.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shimanto trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Kochi to Shimanto takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shimanto

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kuroshio-cho
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Ichijo Shrine ©
Ichijo Shrine

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