39 days in Shikoku Itinerary

39 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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39 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Takamatsu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Naruto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Muroto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Kochi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Tosashimizu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Uwajima
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Matsuyama
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Miyoshi
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom and Ogijima Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Takamatsu: Goshoji Temple (in Utazu-cho), Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji) and Tsuda Matsubara (in Sanuki). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, admire the striking features of Takamatsu Ogi Exchange Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Nakazubansho Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu trip itinerary planning site .

San Francisco, USA to Takamatsu is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Takamatsu. In October in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Marugame, Zentsu-ji Temple, Goshoji Temple, Tsuda Matsubara
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Ogijima Island ©
Ogijima Island
Kikugetsutei ©
Kikugetsutei

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Naoshima Hall, then head off the coast to Naoshima, then explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Akakabocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Subaru Ishikawa Art Series, admire the striking features of Naoshima port terminal, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hachiman Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, and finally make a trip to Naoshima Pavillion.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Naoshima-cho trip itinerary site .

Drive from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho in 1.5 hours. October in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima Bath ©
Naoshima Bath
Akakabocha ©
Akakabocha

4
nights
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Teshima Island and Kankakei Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Tonosho-cho side-trips: Shodoshima-cho (Yama-Roku Shoyu, Marukin Soysouce Memorial, & more).

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tonosho-cho tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Naoshima-cho to Tonosho-cho in 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Tonosho-cho are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
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Teshima Island ©
Teshima Island
Yama-Roku Shoyu ©
Yama-Roku Shoyu
Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi ©
Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi

4
nights
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Explore hidden gems such as Onaruto Bridge and Kumadaniji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naruto: Tairyuji Ropeway (in Naka-cho), Minami-cho (Yakuoji Temple & Minami Awa Sun Line) and Tairyuji Temple (in Anan). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oasahiko Shrine, make a trip to Uzu no Michi, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and take a memorable drive along Naruto Skyline.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Naruto itinerary builder .

Drive from Tonosho-cho to Naruto in 3 hours. Traveling from Tonosho-cho in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naruto, with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Muroto.

Things to do in Naruto

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Awa, Itano-cho, Minami-cho, Shirotori Zoo, Tokushima Prefectural Awajurobe Yashiki
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Oasahiko Shrine ©
Oasahiko Shrine
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge
Shirotori Zoo ©
Shirotori Zoo

3
nights
Muroto

Muroto ©
Muroto is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muroto Cape and Muroto Dolphins Center. Change things up with a short trip to Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa in Kitagawa-mura (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongochoji, observe the fascinating underwater world at Muroto Haiko Aquarium, head outdoors with Mikurodo, and admire the verdant scenery at Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Muroto trip app .

Traveling by car from Naruto to Muroto takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Naruto in November since evenings lows in Muroto dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Muroto

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Muroto Cape ©
Muroto Cape
Hotsumisakiji Temple ©
Hotsumisakiji Temple

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yasuike Valley and Nakatsu Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Konan (Ekingura & Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture), Kochi Ryoma Airport Deck (in Nankoku) and Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, pick up some local products at Hirome Ichiba, don't miss a visit to Kochi Castle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Katsura Hama.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi online visit planner .

Getting from Muroto to Kochi by car takes about 2 hours. November in Kochi sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Konan, Niyodogawa-cho, Iwamotoji Temple, Kochi Ryoma Airport Deck, Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Godaisan Park ©
Godaisan Park

3
nights
Tosashimizu

Tosashimizu ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Tatsukushi Coast and Kashiwajima Island. Explore Tosashimizu's surroundings by going to Odoyama Lookout (in Otsuki-cho), Sukumo (Kanyoto Park & Enkoji Temple) and Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto (in Shimanto-cho).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tosashimizu driving holiday app .

Drive from Kochi to Tosashimizu in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uwajima.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Otsuki-cho, Sukumo, Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto, Submersible Bridge of Sada
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Kanyoto Park ©
Kanyoto Park
Cape Ashizuri ©
Cape Ashizuri
Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto ©
Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto

4
nights
Uwajima

Uwajima ©
Uwajima is a city located in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.As of October 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 86,631 and a population density of 184.53 persons per km². Step off the beaten path and head to Uwajima Castle and Shikoku Karst. Explore Uwajima's surroundings by going to Ozu (Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine, Garyu Sanso, & more), Cape Sada (in Ikata-cho) and Sotodomari (in Ainan-cho). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Hokezutoge Observatory, appreciate the views at Nametoko Valley, take some stellar pictures from Uwajima, and take in the views from Hage Chinka Bridge.

Start your trip to Uwajima by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Tosashimizu to Uwajima takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uwajima

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ozu, Sotodomari, Hage Chinka Bridge, Shikoku Karst, Shimanto River
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Shikoku Karst ©
Shikoku Karst
Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Shimanto River ©
Shimanto River

5
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Kiro Observatory Park and Oyamazumi Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsuyama: Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple (in Kumakogen-cho), Mt. Ishizuchi (in Saijo) and Imabari (Kurushima Straits Observation Hall, Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, & more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, get engrossed in the history at Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsubaki Shrine, and meet the residents at Ehime Tobe Zoo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Matsuyama holiday planner .

Drive from Uwajima to Matsuyama in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Imabari, Uchiko-cho, Kamihayashi Mizunomoto Somen-nagashi, Mt. Ishizuchi, Ehime Tobe Zoo
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Oyamazumi Shrine ©
Oyamazumi Shrine
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge ©
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge

4
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge and Hōnen'ike Dam. Venture out of the city with trips to Sanuki Manno Park (in Manno-cho), Dogama (in Tsurugi-cho) and Mt. Tsurugi (in Mima). The adventure continues: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke, snap pictures at Iya Kazura Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Biwa Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Miyoshi vacation builder tool .

Getting from Matsuyama to Miyoshi by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Matsuyama in November, Miyoshi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Mt. Tsurugi, Nogi Museum, Sanuki Manno Park, Hōnen'ike Dam
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge
Kakashi no Sato ©
Kakashi no Sato
Sanuki Manno Park ©
Sanuki Manno Park

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