12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

12 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
2
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
3
Naruto
— 1 night
4
Kotohira-cho
— 2 nights
5
Miyoshi
— 1 night
6
Kochi
— 1 night
7
Matsuyama
— 3 nights

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): meet the residents at New Yashima Aquarium, take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yashima-ji Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Hiunkaku, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Tamamo Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Takamatsu Symbol Tower, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate the long history of Kikugetsutei, thenwalk around Ritsurin Garden, and finally look for gifts at Kagawa Bussankan Ritsurinan.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Takamatsu route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Takamatsu is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Takamatsu is minus 1 hour. In March, Takamatsu is much colder than Sydney - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Spas
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Yashima ©
Yashima
Tamamo Park ©
Tamamo Park

1
night
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
On the 5th (Thu), admire the striking features of Naoshima Hall, head off the coast to Naoshima, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, thenadmire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, thenadmire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, and finally stop by Naoshima Bath.

Discover how to plan a Naoshima-cho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Naruto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima

1
night
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the activities along Naruto Strait, take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, thenexplore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally make a trip to Uzu no Michi.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Naruto trip planner.

Getting from Naoshima-cho to Naruto by combination of ferry and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Naoshima-cho in March since evenings lows in Naruto dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums Parks Nature
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge

2
nights
Kotohira-cho

Kotohira-cho ©
Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, take in the views from Sayabashi Bridge, thenmake a trip to Kotohiragu shrine office, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu, and finally admire the striking features of Kotohira-gu Shrine Asahi no Yashiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Izutama Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Nogi Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zentsu-ji Temple, thenfind something for the whole family at New Reoma World, thendon't miss a visit to Kompira Shrine Omotesando, and finally admire the landmark architecture of JR Kotohira Station.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kotohira-cho online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Kotohira-cho takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kotohira-cho when traveling from Naruto in March, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Zentsuji, Marugame
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Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Kotohiragu shrine office ©
Kotohiragu shrine office
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

1
night
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Shiozuka Highland, explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, admire the verdant scenery at Iyakei Valley, go for a walk through Iya Kazura Bridge, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Biwa Waterfall, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyoshi road trip app.

You can drive from Kotohira-cho to Miyoshi in an hour. In March, daytime highs in Miyoshi are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Baths
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Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge
Iyakei Valley ©
Iyakei Valley

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, observe the fascinating underwater world at Katurahama Aquarium, thenadmire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, thensavor the flavors at Hirome Ichiba, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kochi trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Kochi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba

3
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Yuzukijo Museum, make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, walk around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), test the waters at a local thermal spa, thendon't miss a visit to Shinrokaku, and finally don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Diamond Cross, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Shikido, explore the activities along Shirai Fall, thenidentify plant and animal life at Namekawakeikoku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yokomineji.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Matsuyama holiday maker website.

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Toon, Yokomineji
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Thermal Spas
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

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