9 days in Shikoku Itinerary

9 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
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Kochi
— 1 night
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Miyoshi
— 1 night
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Naruto
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Takamatsu

Takamatsu

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.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, then step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): walk around Tamamo Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, admire the masterpieces at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, then don't miss a visit to Takamasu Port, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu road trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Takamatsu is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In January, Takamatsu is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 45°F and lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

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Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Dogo Onsen Honkan has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): boost your wellbeing at Dogo Onsen Honkan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, then don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, then explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama road trip website.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Matsuyama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji

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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.
On the 9th (Thu), make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, then hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi trip maker site.

Drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
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Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Harimaya Bridge ©
Harimaya Bridge

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Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hashikuraji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shiozuka Highland, explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, then take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Miyoshi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Miyoshi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Kochi, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Miyoshi, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Nature · Parks · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge

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Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, make a trip to Uzu no Michi, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Naruto Strait, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryozen-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Tokushimacity Tengu Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, and finally examine the collection at Yoshinogawa City Misato Firefly Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Naruto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Naruto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Miyoshi in January since evenings lows in Naruto dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge
Ryozen-ji Temple ©
Ryozen-ji Temple

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