Shikoku Travel Guide

Shikoku, which means four countries in Japanese is Japan’s fourth largest island. It is located southwest of the main island of Honshu.


Suggested Itinerary

It is recommended that you spend at least a few days in the Shikoku region to appreciate its attractions.

The Main Attractions of Shikoku

Takamatsu – A famous castle town with the beautiful Ritsurin Garden, which is one of the finest stroll gardens in Japan

Shikoku-mura – Shikoku-mura or Shikoku village is an open museum with old buildings from all over Shikoku

Tokushima – Known for Awa Odori, its famous summer dance festival, it is also the traditional starting point for the 88 Temple Circuit

Kotohira – Home to one of the most famous and popular shrines in Japan, Kompira-san shrine, which is one of the regions major attractions

Matsuyama – The largest city in Shikoku and famous for its original castle, Matsuyama-jo, which is the symbol of the city

Dogo Onsen – The oldest hot springs in Japan with a history of over 3,000 years. Dogo Onsen is located about 2 km from Matsuyama Castle

Uwajima – A quiet and peaceful town with a small castle, Uwajima-jo, which is an original, and temples and garden

Kochi – Beautiful castle city that played an important role in the Meiji Restoration, the castle is an original and a must see