31 days in Shikoku Itinerary

31 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Takamatsu
— 4 nights
2
Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
3
Naruto
— 4 nights
4
Muroto
— 2 nights
5
Kochi
— 4 nights
6
Uwajima
— 4 nights
7
Matsuyama
— 4 nights
8
Miyoshi
— 4 nights

4
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yama-Roku Shoyu and Kikugetsutei. Explore Takamatsu's surroundings by going to Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji), Teshima Island (in Tonosho-cho) and Tsuda Matsubara (in Sanuki). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, don't miss a visit to Takamasu Port, take in panoramic vistas at Takamatsu Airport, and let the kids burn off some steam at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Takamatsu online day trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Takamatsu is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Takamatsu is 17 hours. October in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zentsu-ji Temple, Yama-Roku Shoyu, Teshima Island, Tsuda Matsubara
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Yama-Roku Shoyu ©
Yama-Roku Shoyu
Teshima Island ©
Teshima Island

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naoshima Bath and Naoshima Hall. Get out of town with these interesting Naoshima-cho side-trips: Seto Ohashi Memorial Park (in Sakaide) and Teshima Art Museum (in Teshima). The adventure continues: make a trip to Akakabocha, head off the coast to Naoshima, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, and admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by ferry from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naruto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Seto Ohashi Memorial Park, Teshima Art Museum
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima Bath ©
Naoshima Bath
Akakabocha ©
Akakabocha

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Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asutamu-Land Tokushima and Onaruto Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Naruto side-trips: Tairyuji Temple (in Anan), Kotoshironushi Shrine (in Tokushima) and Okuboji Temple (in Sanuki). The adventure continues: cruise along Naruto Skyline, take in the spiritual surroundings of Awa Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Tokushima Prefectural Awajurobe Yashiki.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Naruto route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Naoshima-cho to Naruto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naoshima-cho in October, Naruto is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Muroto.

Things to do in Naruto

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokushima, Tairyuji Temple, Yakuoji Temple, Asutamu-Land Tokushima, Okuboji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:
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Oasahiko Shrine ©
Oasahiko Shrine
Asutamu-Land Tokushima ©
Asutamu-Land Tokushima
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge

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Muroto

Muroto ©
Muroto is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongochoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa, and then look for gifts at Searest Muroto. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Muroto Dolphins Center, then don't miss a visit to Muroto Cape, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Muroto Skyline Observatory Tsurumi.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Muroto trip planning tool.

Getting from Naruto to Muroto by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Naruto in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Muroto, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Muroto

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
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Muroto Cape ©
Muroto Cape
Muroto Dolphins Center ©
Muroto Dolphins Center

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden and Tosa Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi: Yasuike Valley (in Niyodogawa-cho), Konan (Ekingura & Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture) and Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, make a trip to Tourism Event Hall Ryomaden Bakumatsu Shishi Shachu, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sakamoto Tomb, and walk around Godaisan Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kochi tour planning app.

Getting from Muroto to Kochi by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kochi are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uwajima.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Konan, Yasuike Valley, Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden ©
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Yasuike Valley
Yasuike Valley

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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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uwajima Castle and Tatsukushi Coast. Explore Uwajima's surroundings by going to Garyu Sanso (in Ozu), Shikoku Karst (in Kumakogen-cho) and Minokoshikaigan (in Tosashimizu). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Shimanto River, take in panoramic vistas at Hokezutoge Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Kashiwajima Island, and admire the landmark architecture of Seumatsu Family House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Uwajima, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Uwajima takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uwajima

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tosashimizu, Seiyo, Garyu Sanso, Shikoku Karst, Shimanto River
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Shikoku Karst ©
Shikoku Karst
Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Shimanto River ©
Shimanto River

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Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Ishizuchi and Mt. Kiro Observatory Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Imabari (Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, Hoshinoura Seaside Park, &more), Yokomineji (in Saijo) and Uchiko-cho (Kosho-ji Temple, Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, meet the residents at Ehime Tobe Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monjuin Tokuseiji Temple, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Matsuyama holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Uwajima to Matsuyama takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Imabari, Uchiko-cho, Saijo, Ehime Tobe Zoo, Shimonada Station
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge and Kakashi no Sato. Get out of town with these interesting Miyoshi side-trips: Mt. Tsurugi (in Mima), Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu & Kotohiragu shrine office) and Sanuki Manno Park (in Manno-cho). Next up on the itinerary: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the sheer force of Biwa Waterfall, appreciate the views at Iyakei Valley, and take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyoshi day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Miyoshi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Matsuyama in November since evenings lows in Miyoshi dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Mt. Tsurugi, Hōnen'ike Dam, Sanuki Manno Park
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Tsurugi ©
Mt. Tsurugi
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge
Kakashi no Sato ©
Kakashi no Sato