39 days in Shikoku Itinerary

39 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Takamatsu
— 4 nights
2
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
3
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 4 nights
4
Naruto
— 4 nights
5
Muroto
— 3 nights
6
Kochi
— 4 nights
7
Tosashimizu
— 3 nights
8
Uwajima
— 4 nights
9
Matsuyama
— 5 nights
10
Miyoshi
— 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kikugetsutei and Ogijima Island. Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Goshoji Temple (in Utazu-cho), Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji) and Tsuda Matsubara (in Sanuki). There's much more to do: make a trip to Ritsurin Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakuriji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip site.

San Francisco, USA to Takamatsu is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. 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) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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

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

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Naoshima-cho trip maker website.

Traveling by ferry from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. October in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel 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
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Teshima Island and Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tonosho-cho: Shodoshima-cho (Yama-Roku Shoyu, Marukin Soysouce Memorial, &more).

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tonosho-cho day trip planning tool.

Travel from Naoshima-cho to Tonosho-cho in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Naruto.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asutamu-Land Tokushima and Naruto Skyline. Explore Naruto's surroundings by going to Tairyuji Temple (in Anan), Minami-cho (Yakuoji Temple & Minami Awa Sun Line) and Tairyuji Ropeway (in Naka-cho). The adventure continues: take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumadaniji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tokushima Prefectural Awajurobe Yashiki, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Shirotori Zoo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naruto visit planning site.

Traveling by journey from Tonosho-cho to Naruto takes 3 hours. Traveling from Tonosho-cho in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naruto, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Muroto.

Things to do in Naruto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
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Muroto

Muroto ©
Muroto is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muroto Cape and Kongochoji. Go for a jaunt from Muroto to Kitagawa-mura to see Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Muroto Dolphins Center, meet the residents at Muroto Haiko Aquarium, enjoy the sea views from Cape Muroto Lighthouse, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hotsumisakiji Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Muroto trip maker tool.

You can drive from Naruto to Muroto in 3 hours. Traveling from Naruto in November, Muroto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to 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
Muroto Dolphins Center ©
Muroto Dolphins Center

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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden and Chikurinji Temple. Explore Kochi's surroundings by going to Kochi Ryoma Airport Deck (in Nankoku), Konan (Ekingura & Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture) and Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Yasuike Valley, walk around Godaisan Park, appreciate the views at Nakatsu Valley, and explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

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You can drive from Muroto to Kochi in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Niyodogawa-cho, Konan, 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
The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden ©
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Yasuike Valley
Yasuike Valley

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Tosashimizu

Tosashimizu ©
Tosashimizu is a city located in the southwest of Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tatsukushi Coast and Minokoshikaigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Tosashimizu: Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto (in Shimanto-cho), Otsuki-cho (Kashiwajima Island & Odoyama Lookout) and Sukumo (Kanyoto Park & Enkoji Temple). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Hakusan Domon, enjoy breathtaking views from Usuebae Lookout, snap pictures at Submersible Bridge of Sada, and go for a walk through Cape Ashizuri.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Tosashimizu route maker.

You can drive from Kochi to Tosashimizu in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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
Submersible Bridge of Sada ©
Submersible Bridge of Sada

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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 Garyu Sanso. Venture out of the city with trips to Shikoku Karst (in Kumakogen-cho), Sada Misaki (in Ikata-cho) and Ozu (Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine, Toyogahashi Eitokuji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Shimanto River, make a trip to Uwajima, visit Yusumizugaura Terrace Field, and take an in-depth tour of Shiroyama Local Museum.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Uwajima trip planner.

Drive from Tosashimizu to Uwajima in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uwajima

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ozu, Shikoku Karst, Sada Misaki, Shimanto River, Hage Chinka Bridge
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Ishizuchi and Taisanji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple (in Kumakogen-cho), Kamihayashi Mizunomoto Somen-nagashi (in Toon) and Imabari (Kurushima Straits Observation Hall, Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, make a trip to Shinrokaku, meet the residents at Ehime Tobe Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Itami Juzo Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip planning site.

Drive from Uwajima to Matsuyama in 1.5 hours. November in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Imabari, Uchiko-cho, Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple, Shimonada Station, Ehime Tobe Zoo
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Mt. Ishizuchi ©
Mt. Ishizuchi
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park ©
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park

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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 Onsen Resorts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miyoshi: Sanuki Manno Park (in Manno-cho), Dogama (in Tsurugi-cho) and Mt. Tsurugi (in Mima). Next up on the itinerary: visit Kakashi no Sato, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unbenji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu, and take in the dramatic scenery at Biwa Waterfall.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Miyoshi travel planner.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Miyoshi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Matsuyama in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Miyoshi, with lows around 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, Sanuki Manno Park, Dogama, Mt. Tsurugi, Hōnen'ike Dam
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Tsurugi ©
Mt. Tsurugi
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge
Kakashi no Sato ©
Kakashi no Sato

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