50 days in Shikoku Itinerary

50 days in Shikoku Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Takamatsu
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Naruto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Muroto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Kochi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Tosashimizu
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Uwajima
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Matsuyama
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Miyoshi
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kikugetsutei and The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Takamatsu: Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji), Marugame (Nakazubansho Garden, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, &more) and Sanuki (Shidoji Temple & Tsuda Matsubara). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, enjoy some diversion at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, enjoy the sea views from Takamatsu's Red Lighthouse, and take in panoramic vistas at Takamatsu Airport.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu attractions planner.

San Francisco, USA to Takamatsu is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Marugame, Sanuki, Zentsu-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Kikugetsutei ©
Kikugetsutei
Ogijima Island ©
Ogijima Island

2
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, thenvisit Naoshima Bath, and finally make a trip to Akakabocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, thenhead off the coast to Naoshima, and finally see the interesting displays at 007 Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Naoshima-cho trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho in 1.5 hours. October in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima Bath ©
Naoshima Bath
Akakabocha ©
Akakabocha

5
nights
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Explore hidden gems such as Teshima Island and Teshima Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tonosho-cho: Shodoshima-cho (Olive Garden, Yama-Roku Shoyu, &more).

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tonosho-cho trip planner.

Drive from Naoshima-cho to Tonosho-cho in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Tonosho-cho can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Naruto.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Teshima Island ©
Teshima Island
Yama-Roku Shoyu ©
Yama-Roku Shoyu
Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi ©
Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi

5
nights
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Step off the beaten path and head to Asutamu-Land Tokushima and Onaruto Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naruto: Yakuoji Temple (in Minami-cho), Okuboji Temple (in Sanuki) and Tairyuji Temple (in Anan). There's lots more to do: get outside with Naruto Skyline, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumadaniji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and enjoy breathtaking views from Senjojiki Observation Deck.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Naruto online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tonosho-cho to Naruto in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Naruto when traveling from Tonosho-cho in October, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Muroto.

Things to do in Naruto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Itano-cho, Awa, Tairyuji Ropeway, Yakuoji Temple, Okuboji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Oasahiko Shrine ©
Oasahiko Shrine
Asutamu-Land Tokushima ©
Asutamu-Land Tokushima
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge

4
nights
Muroto

Muroto ©
Muroto is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muroto Cape and Hotsumisakiji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Muroto: Ikumi Beach (in Toyo-cho) and Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa (in Kitagawa-mura). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Muroto Dolphins Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudoiwa, stop by Searest Muroto, and contemplate the long history of Streets in Kiragawa-town.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Muroto trip planner.

You can drive from Naruto to Muroto in 3 hours. Traveling from Naruto in November, Muroto is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Muroto

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ikumi Beach, Jardin de Monet Marmottan au Village de Kitagawa
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Muroto Cape ©
Muroto Cape
Muroto Dolphins Center ©
Muroto Dolphins Center

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden and Chikurinji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Konan (Ryoma History Museam, Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, &more), Niyodogawa-cho (Yasuike Valley & Nakatsu Valley) and Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami). And it doesn't end there: walk around Godaisan Park, make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoryuji Temple.

Plan a Kochi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Muroto to Kochi in 2 hours. In November in Kochi, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Konan, Niyodogawa-cho, Niyodo River, Shoryuji Temple, Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden ©
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Yasuike Valley
Yasuike Valley

4
nights
Tosashimizu

Tosashimizu ©
Tosashimizu is a city located in the southwest of Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tatsukushi Coast and Kashiwajima Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Tosashimizu: Odoyama Lookout (in Otsuki-cho), Sukumo (Sukumo Machi no Eki Hayashitei & Kanyoto Park) and Shimanto (Kunteki Shrine & Submersible Bridge of Sada). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongofukuji Temple, don't miss a visit to Minokoshikaigan, admire the masterpieces at Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto, and enjoy breathtaking views from Usuebae Lookout.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tosashimizu trip planning website.

You can drive from Kochi to Tosashimizu in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uwajima.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Otsuki-cho, Sukumo, Shimanto, Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kanyoto Park ©
Kanyoto Park
Kongofukuji Temple ©
Kongofukuji Temple
Cape Ashizuri ©
Cape Ashizuri

5
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uwajima Castle and Shimanto River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Uwajima: Shikoku Karst (in Kumakogen-cho), Sada Misaki (in Ikata-cho) and Ozu (Shussekiji Temple, Garyu Sanso, &more). There's still lots to do: get great views at Uwajima, take in panoramic vistas at Hokezutoge Observatory, visit Yusumizugaura Terrace Field, and don't miss a visit to Sotodomari.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Uwajima travel planner.

Getting from Tosashimizu to Uwajima by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uwajima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ozu, Ainan-cho, Shikoku Karst, Shimanto River, Hokezutoge Observatory
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Shikoku Karst ©
Shikoku Karst
Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Shimanto River ©
Shimanto River

6
nights
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. Explore Matsuyama's surroundings by going to Imabari (Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, Oyamazumi Shrine, &more), Uchiko-cho (Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki, Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, &more) and Yokomineji (in Saijo). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ehime Tobe Zoo, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, and stroll through Hojo Kashima.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Matsuyama day trip tool.

You can drive from Uwajima to Matsuyama in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Imabari, Uchiko-cho, Saijo, Ehime Tobe Zoo, Shimonada Station
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Mt. Ishizuchi ©
Mt. Ishizuchi
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park ©
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park

5
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge and Mt. Tsurugi. Change things up with these side-trips from Miyoshi: Sanuki Manno Park (in Manno-cho), Hōnen'ike Dam (in Kanonji) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu & Kotohiragu shrine office). There's lots more to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shiude, walk around Hesokko Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Unbenji Temple.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyoshi online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Matsuyama to Miyoshi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Matsuyama in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Miyoshi, with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Mt. Tsurugi, Sanuki Manno Park, Hōnen'ike Dam, Mt. Shiude
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Tsurugi ©
Mt. Tsurugi
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge
Kakashi no Sato ©
Kakashi no Sato

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