7 days in Shikoku Itinerary

7 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Kochi
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
3
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Ferry to Takamatsu, Bus to Naruto
5
Naruto
— 1 night
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Kochi

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, then head outdoors with Katsura Hama, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Wanpaku Kochi, snap pictures at Nagoya Chinka Bridge, then go for a walk through Kochi Park, then make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, and finally pick up some local products at Hirome Ichiba.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kochi road trip planning tool.

Tokyo to Kochi is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. April in Kochi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, test the waters at a local thermal spa, stroll around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), then step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bansuiso.

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You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Takamatsu

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Sun), go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, admire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park, then get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, then take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kompira Shrine Omotesando, steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, then admire the striking features of JR Kotohira Station, then contemplate the long history of Marugame Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): head off the coast to Naoshima, admire the striking features of Art House Project, stop by Naoshima Bath, then admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, and finally make a trip to Akakabocha.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Naoshima-cho road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Naruto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Parks · Nature

Naruto

— 1 night
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, then make a trip to Uzu no Michi, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Naruto tour builder website.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Naoshima-cho to Naruto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Naoshima-cho in May, plan for little chillier days in Naruto, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Nature

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.