10 days in Shikoku Itinerary

10 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey maker

Make it your trip
Ferry
1
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Ferry
2
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Miyoshi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive

S M T W T F S
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3

Naoshima-cho

— 1 night
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 22nd (Mon), make a trip to Akakabocha, don't miss a visit to Naoshima Pavillion, step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hachiman Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Miyanoura Gallery Rokku.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Naoshima-cho trip planner.

Okayama to Naoshima-cho is an approximately 2.5-hour ferry ride. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

Takamatsu

— 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kankakei Gorge as well as Angel Road. On the 23rd (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Angel Road and then admire the verdant scenery at Kankakei Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Ritsurin Garden, stroll around Tamamo Park, explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, then explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zentsu-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Takamatsu online trip itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Naoshima-cho to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Takamatsu are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
On the 25th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, then snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge, and finally explore the activities along Naruto Strait. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotoshironushi Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, see the interesting displays at Tokushimacity Tengu Museum, then examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall, and finally make a trip to Zuiganji Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Naruto trip tool.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Takamatsu in March, Naruto is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Miyoshi

— 1 night
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Your day by day itinerary now includes New Reoma World. On the 27th (Sat), explore the activities along Kobokekyo Canyon, contemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke, admire the sheer force of Biwa Waterfall, then take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, then admire the verdant scenery at Iyakei Valley, and finally make a trip to Manniquin Pis.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Miyoshi itinerary site.

Drive from Naruto to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Naruto in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Miyoshi, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:

Kochi

— 2 nights
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 28th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katsurahama Ryuogu Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Katurahama Aquarium, then make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, then make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Obiyamachi Ichibangai. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Wanpaku Kochi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, admire the striking features of Tomitaro Makino Kinenkan, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sunday Market, and finally hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kochi travel route planner.

Drive from Miyoshi to Kochi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You've now added Shimonada Station to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, then don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, then make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Isaniwa Shrine. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Shimonada Station, take an in-depth tour of Yuzukijo Museum, stroll around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and finally make a trip to Okaido Shopping Street.

You can plan Matsuyama trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

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.

Ehime Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Ehime Prefecture is a prefecture in northwestern Shikoku, Japan. The capital is Matsuyama.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, Ehime Prefecture was known as Iyo Province. Since before the Heian period, the area was dominated by fishermen and sailors who played an important role in defending Japan against pirates and Mongolian invasions.After the Battle of Sekigahara, the Tokugawa shogun gave the area to his allies, including Kato Yoshiaki who built Matsuyama Castle, forming the basis for the modern city of Matsuyama.The name Ehime comes from the kuniumi part of the Kojiki where Iyo Province is mythologically named Ehime "lovely princess."In 2012, a research group from the University of Tokyo and Ehime University said they had discovered rare earth deposits in Matsuyama.GeographyLocated in the northwestern part of Shikoku, Ehime faces the Seto Inland Sea to the north and is bordered by Kagawa and Tokushima in the east and Kōchi in the south.

Source