9 days in Shikoku Itinerary

9 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shikoku journey planner

Make it your trip
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Naoshima-cho (Chichu Art Museum & Naoshima), Marugame Castle (in Marugame) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohiragu shrine office & Kotohira-gu). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and make a trip to Takamasu Port.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu trip maker website.

Seville, Spain to Takamatsu is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seville in February; daily highs in Takamatsu reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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 12th (Wed): make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, get outside with Katsura Hama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, then indulge your taste buds at Hirome Ichiba, and finally contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido, then take in the views from Nagoya Chinka Bridge, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kochi travel app.

Getting from Takamatsu to Kochi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Takamatsu in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kochi: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, test the waters at a local thermal spa, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, then step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

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.