11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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11 days in Shikoku Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kochi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Wellington

3
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsuyama: Imabari (Mt. Kiro Observatory Park & Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge), Saijo (Yokomineji & Kamogawa River) and Ozu (Garyu Sanso & Sambaitani Falls). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama holiday planning site .

Wellington, New Zealand to Matsuyama is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wellington to Matsuyama, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Wellington in October, with highs in Matsuyama at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imabari, Ozu, Saijo, Shirai Fall
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Onsen Resorts
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Befukyo Canyon (in Kami) and Miyoshi (Iya Kazura Bridge & Oboke Koboke). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, and admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kochi trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Miyoshi, Befukyo Canyon
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takamatsu: Marugame Castle (in Marugame), Naruto (Uzu no Michi, Otsuka Museum of Art, & more) and Kotohira-gu Shrine (in Kotohira-cho). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Naoshima.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Takamatsu attractions planning site .

You can drive from Kochi to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kochi, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Takamatsu, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Naruto, Naoshima-cho, Marugame Castle, Kotohira-gu Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Kotohira-gu Shrine ©
Kotohira-gu Shrine
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art

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