8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Kochi
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Singapore

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 15th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, then get to know the resident critters at Ehime Tobe Zoo, and finally make a trip to Garyu Sanso. Keep things going the next day: test the waters at a local thermal spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monjuin Tokuseiji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Namekawakeikoku, then explore the activities along Shirai Fall, and finally head off the coast to Nogutsunajima Island.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matsuyama online day trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Matsuyama is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Matsuyama. Traveling from Singapore in March, expect Matsuyama to be cooler, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Toon, Ehime Tobe Zoo, Garyu Sanso
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Thermal Spas
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Kotohira-cho (Sayabashi Bridge & Kotohira-gu), Marugame Castle (in Marugame) and Naruto (Uzu no Michi, Otsuka Museum of Art, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ritsurin Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, and head off the coast to Naoshima.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Takamatsu trip planner.

Getting from Matsuyama to Takamatsu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 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

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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 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, then admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi day trip website .

You can drive from Takamatsu to Kochi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kochi are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Nagoya Chinka Bridge
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Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba