8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Takamatsu
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyoshi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Fly

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Takamatsu

— 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Sun), make a trip to Ritsurin Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally take a stroll through Shionoe-cho.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Takamatsu online travel route builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Takamatsu is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Takamatsu due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in October, with highs in Takamatsu at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Spas

Miyoshi

— 3 nights
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Get outdoors at Shiozuka Highland and Mt. Miune. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kotohira-gu and Marugame Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Miyoshi side-trips: Befukyo Canyon (in Kami), Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji) and Himawari no Sato Manno (in Manno-cho). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Kurozou Marshland.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Miyoshi visit planner.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): head outdoors with Wanpaku Kochi, kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, and then contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kochi trip planning website.

Getting from Miyoshi to Kochi by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Kochi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Namekawakeikoku.

To find out how to plan a trip to Matsuyama, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Matsuyama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

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.