8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

8 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
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Kochi
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyoshi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokushima
— 1 night
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima
— 1 night

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Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 19th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Shikido, see the interesting displays at Ehime University Muserum, examine the collection at Seki Museum, make a trip to Shinrokaku, then make a trip to Taisanji Temple, and finally head off the coast to Gogoshima Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, then see the interesting displays at Itami Juzo Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsubaki Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Tobeyaki Traditional Industry Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama tour builder website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Matsuyama. July in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

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 21st (Tue): make a trip to Kochi Tabi Hiroba, don't miss a visit to Tourism Event Hall Ryomaden Bakumatsu Shishi Shachu, get outside with Wanpaku Kochi, then walk around Godaisan Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Kochi sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July in Kochi, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:

Miyoshi

— 1 night
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 22nd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke, appreciate the views at Shiozuka Highland, then admire the verdant scenery at Iyakei Valley, then snap pictures at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugi Shrine.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read Miyoshi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kochi to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Miyoshi are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokushima.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Tokushima

— 1 night
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Jōroku-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, and then see the interesting displays at Awa Odori Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, see the interesting displays at Tokushima Castle Museum, contemplate the long history of Tokushima Prefectural Awajurobe Yashiki, then walk around Asutamu-Land Tokushima, then see the interesting displays at The Naruto German House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tokushima itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Miyoshi to Tokushima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Miyoshi in July, expect nights in Tokushima to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

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.
To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Takamatsu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima

— 1 night
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Shibocho Viewing Platform, explore the stunning scenery at Kankakei Gorge, take in panoramic vistas at Kankakei Summit Observation, then don't miss a visit to Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaneiwa (Piled Rocks), and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Angel Road. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Kusakabe Port, then take an in-depth tour of Marukin Soysouce Memorial, then admire the natural beauty at Olive Garden, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Shodoshima-cho itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Shodoshima-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Shodoshima-cho are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
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.

Tokushima Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Bridges · Landmarks
Tokushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on Shikoku island. The capital is the city of Tokushima.

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Kagawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Scenic Walking Areas
Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture of Japan (by area). It is located on Shikoku island and the capital is Takamatsu.HistoryKagawa was formerly known as Sanuki Province.For a brief period between August 1876 and December 1888, Kagawa was made a part of Ehime Prefecture.Battle of YashimaLocated in Kagawa's capital city, Takamatsu, the mountain of Yashima was the battlefield for one of the best-known struggles between the Heike and the Genji clans.GeographyKagawa comprises the northeast corner of Shikoku, bordering Ehime Prefecture on the west and Tokushima Prefecture on the south, with a coastline on the Seto Inland Sea facing Okayama Prefecture and the Kansai. The Sanuki Mountains run along the southern border.Kagawa is currently the smallest prefecture, by area, in Japan. Osaka Prefecture held that title until Kansai International Airport was reclaimed from the ocean in the early 1990s, pushing its land area slightly above Kagawa's. Kagawa is a relatively narrow prefecture located between the mountains of Shikoku and the sea.

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