8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Kochi
— 2 nights
Fly

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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 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, then meet the residents at Ehime Tobe Zoo, and finally steep yourself in history at Garyu Sanso. On your second day here, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monjuin Tokuseiji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Namekawakeikoku, then explore the activities along Shirai Fall, and finally head off the coast to Nogutsunajima Island.

Before you visit Matsuyama, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Singapore, Singapore to Matsuyama is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Matsuyama is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in March, things will get colder in Matsuyama: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Marugame Castle (in Marugame), Naruto (Uzu no Michi, Otsuka Museum of Art, &more) and Kotohira-cho (Sayabashi Bridge & Kotohira-gu). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ritsurin Garden, admire the striking features of Art House Project, don't miss a visit to 20 Seiki no Kaiso, and explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Takamatsu can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kochi

— 2 nights
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 20th (Fri): make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, then hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

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You can drive from Takamatsu to Kochi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

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.