9 days in Shikoku Itinerary

9 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Kochi
— 1 night
Drive
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Otsuki-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokushima
— 1 night
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, indulge your taste buds at Hirome Ichiba, and then make a trip to Harimaya Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Wanpaku Kochi, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Ryuomisaki Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kochi sightseeing tool.

Honolulu, USA to Kochi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 19 hours traveling from Honolulu to Kochi. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Honolulu in February: high temperatures in Kochi hover around 53°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Otsuki-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Otsuki-cho

— 2 nights
You've now added Kashiwajima Island to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Odoyama Lookout, enjoy breathtaking views from Kannon Rock Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Kashiwajima Island, then take some stellar pictures from Issai Rest Area, and finally make a trip to Minokoshikaigan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunteki Shrine, snap pictures at Submersible Bridge of Sada, then see the interesting displays at John Manjiro Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Usuebae Lookout, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryugu Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Otsuki-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Kochi to Otsuki-cho in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Otsuki-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Isaniwa Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Matsuyama trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Otsuki-cho to Matsuyama takes 3.5 hours. In February in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Tokushima

— 1 night
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at Awa Odori Hall.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokushima trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Tokushima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in February, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums

Side Trip

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.
On the 18th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Kikugetsutei, take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, then stroll around Tamamo Park, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): test the waters at a local thermal spa, step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Kotohira Municipal Historic Museum, then contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Takamatsu tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Tokushima to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokushima in February, Takamatsu is slightly colder at night with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

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.