7 days in Shikoku Itinerary

7 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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7 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Takamatsu
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, then explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, and finally make a trip to Okaido Shopping Street.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama vacation app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Matsuyama is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Matsuyama. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Matsuyama at 13°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Spas
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Thermal Spas
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, then make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba, and finally steep yourself in history at Kochi Castle.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kochi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Kochi sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Shopping Outdoors Beaches
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Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takamatsu: Naoshima-cho (Naoshima, Chichu Art Museum, & more), Naruto (Onaruto Bridge, Otsuka Museum of Art, & more) and Miyoshi (Oboke Koboke & Iya Kazura Bridge). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, and steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kochi to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kochi in December, expect nights in Takamatsu to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho, Naruto, Miyoshi, Kotohira-gu
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art

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