8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Seattle

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Kotohira-gu Shrine (in Kotohira-cho), Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park (in Shodoshima-cho) and Naoshima-cho (Naoshima, Benesse House Museum, & more). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwasewo Hachimangu Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village.

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Seattle, USA to Takamatsu is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. In October, Takamatsu is a bit warmer than Seattle - with highs of 70°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho, Kotohira-gu Shrine, Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Kotohira-gu Shrine ©
Kotohira-gu Shrine
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Katsura Hama, don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, then hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kochi sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Takamatsu to Kochi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

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

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Ehime Tobe Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, and finally make a trip to Okaido Shopping Street. On the next day, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, explore the activities along Shirai Fall, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Namekawakeikoku.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Matsuyama tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Kochi to Matsuyama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toon, Ehime Tobe Zoo
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Onsen Resorts
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

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