34 days in Tokyo & Shikoku Itinerary

34 days in Tokyo & Shikoku Itinerary

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34 days in Tokyo & Shikoku Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Tokushima
— 2 nights
train:  2 h
4
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Kochi
— 3 nights
train:  1 h 30 min
6
Shimanto
— 1 night
train:  3 h
7
Uwajima
— 2 nights
train:  1 h 30 min
8
Matsuyama
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Takamatsu
— 1 night
ferry:  30 min
10
Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
ferry:  30 min
11
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
12
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), &more). There's lots more to do: stop by Ginza, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, walk around Yoyogi Park, and pause for some photo ops at Hachiko.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 76°F and lows are around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi
Find places to stay May 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takamatsu side-trips: Shodoshima-cho (Seigan-ji Temple & Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park) and Tonosho-cho (Angel Road, Hoshoin no Shimpaku, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Ritsurin Garden, appreciate the history behind Mori no Osama Statue, walk around Tamamo Park, and contemplate the long history of Hiunkaku.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Takamatsu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tokyo to Takamatsu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokushima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tonosho-cho, Shodoshima-cho
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Angel Road ©
Angel Road
Yashima ©
Yashima

2
nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, make a trip to Tokushima Bizanten Shrine, then examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall, and finally don't miss a visit to Bizan Ropeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Shimmachi River, make a trip to Uzu no Michi, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Ruins of Tokushima Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokushima road trip tool.

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Tokushima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Takamatsu in May, you will find days in Tokushima are little chillier (69°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Naruto
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Awa Odori Hall ©
Awa Odori Hall
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

2
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 16th (Sat), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens and then appreciate the views at Manniquin Pis. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Iyakei Valley, take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Biwa Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke, then make a trip to Amici Adventure Shikoku, and finally take in the views from Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyoshi trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Miyoshi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Tokushima in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Miyoshi. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for Kochi.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Spas
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi: Kami (Ryugado Cave & Ryukawahora Museum). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, and head outdoors with Katsura Hama.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kochi day trip app.

You can take a train from Miyoshi to Kochi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Shimanto.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kami
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle

1
night
Shimanto

Shimanto ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the views from Kachima Chinka Bridge and then take in the views from Submersible Bridge of Sada.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimanto day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Shimanto takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Uwajima.
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Submersible Bridge of Sada ©
Submersible Bridge of Sada

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Tenshaen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Uwajima Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Warei Shrine. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Uwajima, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanrakuen, stop by Yusumizugaura Terrace Field, then explore the stunning scenery at Yakushidani Canyon, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Nametoko Valley.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Uwajima travel app.

Getting from Shimanto to Uwajima by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Uwajima sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 61°F at night. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Tenshaen Garden ©
Tenshaen Garden
Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Yusumizugaura Terrace Field ©
Yusumizugaura Terrace Field

4
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsuyama side-trips: Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, Children's Peace Monument, &more) and Tamagawa Modern Museum (in Imabari). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, examine the collection at Seki Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Uwajima to Matsuyama takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hiroshima, Tamagawa Modern Museum
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Thermal Spas

1
night
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
On the 28th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Kikugetsutei and then don't miss a visit to Takamatsu Marugamemachi Shopping Street.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu itinerary planning app.

Drive from Matsuyama to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kikugetsutei ©
Kikugetsutei

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tamano (Nature Environment Park, Black Sea Bream of Uno, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, stop by Naoshima Bath, admire the striking features of Naoshima Hall, and make a trip to Akakabocha.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho takes 1.5 hours. May in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tamano
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum

2
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Takamatsu trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Naoshima-cho to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Zentsu-ji Temple, Marugame Castle
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle
Mt. Washu ©
Mt. Washu
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
See some other sides of Tokyo: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stroll around Ueno Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online tour builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Takamatsu to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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