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Shikoku

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Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing. Put Shikoku at the heart of your travel plans by using our Japan road trip planning website.
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Places to visit in Shikoku

Matsuyama Trip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Landmark, Thermal Spa Kochi Trip planner BEST FOR: Landmark, Castle, Flea Market Takamatsu Trip planner BEST FOR: Scenic Walking Area, Religious Site, Landmark Kotohira-cho Trip planner BEST FOR: Historic Site, Landmark, Theater Naruto Trip planner BEST FOR: Art Museum, Landmark, Religious Site

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Matsuyama Castle ©
Castle
Matsuyama Castle Matsuyama
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
Ritsurin Garden
Scenic Walking Area
Ritsurin Garden Takamatsu
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas Matsuyama
3.6
Duration: 1 hour
Kotohira-gu ©
Historic Site
Kotohira-gu Kotohira-cho
4.5
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Shikoku

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Kochi Castle ©
Castle
Kochi Castle Kochi
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Ishiteji ©
Religious Site
Ishiteji Matsuyama
3.5
Duration: 1 hour
Marugame Castle ©
Castle
Marugame Castle Marugame
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Ryozen-ji Temple ©
Religious Site
Ryozen-ji Temple Naruto
3.9
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Shikoku

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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Art Museum
Otsuka Museum of Art Naruto
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Teshima Art Museum ©
Art Museum
Teshima Art Museum Teshima
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Benesse House Museum ©
Art Museum
Benesse House Museum Naoshima-cho
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum ©
History Museum
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum Kochi
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Shikoku

Oyamazumi Shrine ©
Religious Site
Oyamazumi Shrine Imabari
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Onaruto Bridge ©
Bridge
Onaruto Bridge Naruto
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts Miyoshi
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
Shikoku Mura Village ©
History Museum
Shikoku Mura Village Takamatsu
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Shikoku

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Oboke Koboke ©
Water Body
Oboke Koboke Miyoshi
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Naoshima ©
Island
Naoshima Naoshima-cho
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Yashima ©
Mountain
Yashima Takamatsu
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Naruto Strait ©
Water Body
Naruto Strait Naruto
4.2
Duration: 1 hour

Parks in Shikoku

Godaisan Park ©
Park
Godaisan Park Kochi
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Tamamo Park ©
Garden
Tamamo Park Takamatsu
3.6
Duration: 1 hour

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