7 days in Shikoku Itinerary

7 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
2
Kochi
— 1 night
Train to Takamatsu(Kagawa), Ferry to Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Ferry
4
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Singapore Changi

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Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 20th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, and finally meet the residents at Ehime Tobe Zoo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Matsuyama trip maker website.

Singapore, Singapore to Matsuyama is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Matsuyama. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in October: high temperatures in Matsuyama hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trip

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 21st (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, then hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kochi trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Matsuyama to Kochi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October in Kochi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

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 22nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Art House Project, then head off the coast to Naoshima, then admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho trip planner.

Getting from Kochi to Naoshima-cho by combination of train and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Kochi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Naoshima-cho, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Nature · Parks

Takamatsu

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tamamo Park, then explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and then snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip tool.

Traveling by ferry from Naoshima-cho to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. October in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.