7 days in Shikoku & Osaka Itinerary

7 days in Shikoku & Osaka Itinerary

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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
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Osaka
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Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Namekawakeikoku, and then explore the activities along Shirai Fall. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Ao Island, then get great views at Mimidodake Rock, and then soothe aching muscles at Dogo Onsengai.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Matsuyama tour itinerary builder tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Matsuyama is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Matsuyama, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in October, with highs in Matsuyama at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Osaka

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Yodoryokuchi Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotombori District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Gion, &more) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Matsuyama to Osaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.