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Shikoku

Shikoku

Shikoku is one of Japan’s four principal islands. Shikoku region is the smallest and least populous of the four main islands of Japan, located south of Honshu and east of Kyushu. Shikoku literally means “four countries”, and it indeed consists of four ancient countries (now prefectures) on Shikoku island. Each prefecture also has an old provincial name: Awa (Tokushima), Iyo (Ehime), Sanuki (Kagawa), Tosa (Kochi), still often found in everywhere.
Seto Inland Sea or Seto-Naikai , a tranquil body of water studded with numerous islands and islets of varied shapes, stretches from Honshu to the island of Shikoku and Kyushu for a distance of 500 km (311 mi.). At its widest point, from north to south, it measures 64 km (40 mi.) and, at its narrowest point, 7 km (4.3 mi.). Dotted with more than 3,000 pine-covered islands and islets, the Inland Sea is one of the most picturesque seas inthe world.

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Ehime

Ehime is situated in the northwestern part of Shikoku. Ehime literary means “lovely princess”. As the name indicates, the climate is warm and mild and it is rich in the beautiful nature. It is surrounded by Seto Inland Sea, or the Aegean Sea of the Orient, and Shikoku Mountains Range including Mt. Ishizuchi, the highest peak in western Japan. Blessed with the abundant nature, our unique history and culture as well as traditional spirit of hospitality have been cultivated.

Botchan TrainBotchan Train
Botchan Train is a reconstruction of the kind of steam locomotive that ran from the 1880s t …  more »
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Dogo Giyaman Glass MuseumDogo Giyaman Glass Museum
Dogo Giyaman Glass Museum features about 300 pieces of antique glass artwork, such as glass …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Dogo Onsen Hot Spring Main BuildingDogo Onsen Hot Spring Main Building
Dogo Onsen Hot Spring Main Building was built in 1894 and was designated as a national impo …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Hojo-en Square / Botchan Karakuri ClockHojo-en Square / Botchan Karakuri Clock
Hojo-en Square in front of Dogo-Onsen Station has a free foot bath, an easy way to enjoy th …  more »
LandmarkSpa / Hot spring
Sakanoue-no-Kumo MuseumSakanoue-no-Kumo Museum
Sakanoue-no-Kumo Museum is a museum that features Ryotaro Shiba’s famous historical novel ” …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Shiki Memorial MuseumShiki Memorial Museum
Shiki Memorial Museum is a literary museum which features the works and career of Matsuyama …  more »
Museum / Gallery

Kagawa

Kagawa is situated in the northeastern part of Shikoku. The Sanuki Mountain Range, a chain of 1,000-meter-high mountains including Mt. Ryuo-zan, the highest of all at some 1,060 meters above sea level, runs through the southern part of the prefecture. The Sanuki Plains stretch out to the north, and the Seto Inland Sea is dotted with 116 islands of all sizes, including Shodo-shima Island.

Chichu Art MuseumChichu Art Museum
Art lovers are attracted to Naoshima Island by its active art community and natural beauty. …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Konpira Grand Theater (Kanamaru-za)Konpira Grand Theater (Kanamaru-za)
Konpira Grand Theatre, or also called Kanamaru-za, located near the base of the steps towar …  more »
History
Kotohiragu ShrineKotohiragu Shrine
Kotohiragu is one of the most revered Shinto shrines in Japan as the main shrine of Kotohir …  more »
History
New Reoma WorldNew Reoma World
New Reoma World is one of the largest amusement park in Shikoku region. It has a wide varie …  more »
Entertainment
Seto-Ohashi TowerSeto-Ohashi Tower
Seto-Ohashi Tower stands in Seto-Ohashi Memorial Park located just next to the Seto-Ohashi  …  more »
Landmark
Zenigata Sand Painting (Kotohiki Park)Zenigata Sand Painting (Kotohiki Park)
Zenigata Sand Painting is a 345 meters diameter outline of Kanei Tsuho, a square-holed old  …  more »
HistoryOthersPark / Garden
Zentsu-ji TempleZentsu-ji Temple
Zentsu-ji Temple (No. 75 on the Ohenro Shikoku Pilgrimage) is said to have been founded in  …  more »
History

Takamatsu, Kagawa

Under the rule of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Takamatsu was founded and has prospered as a castle town since Takamatsu Castle was built here in 1588. Today, Takamatsu serves as a major arrival point on Shikoku and a convenient starting point for exploring the island thanks to the completion of the Seto-Ohashi Bridge in 1988.

Kitahama AlleyKitahama Alley
Kitahama Alley is a renovated shopping facility which was originally built as a warehouse i …  more »
Food / Shopping
Onigashima CaveOnigashima Cave
Onigashima Cave in Megijima island (or called Onigashima island) is a scene of the Japan’s  …  more »
HistoryNature
Ritsurin-koen GardenRitsurin-koen Garden
Although not listed as one of Japan’s big three gardens (Kenroku-en in Kanazawa, Koraku-en  …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Shikoku-Mura VillageShikoku-Mura Village
Shikoku-Mura Village is an excellent open-air museum of old residential houses located at t …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Takamatsu Castle Ruins (Tamamo Park)Takamatsu Castle Ruins (Tamamo Park)
There is very little left of Takamatsu Castle, which is located close to JR Takamatsu Stati …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum JapanThe Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan
Isamu Noguchi was a prominent Japanese American sculptor and landscape architect of the 20t …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Yashima Dankorei observation deckYashima Dankorei observation deck
Yashima is a peninsula with a 292 meters high table-top plateau jutting out into the Seto I …  more »
HistoryNature
Yashima-ji TempleYashima-ji Temple
Yashima-ji Temple (No. 84 on the Ohenro Shikoku Pilgrimage) was originally established at t …  more »
History

Kochi

Located in the south of Shikoku, Kochi is ringed by rugged mountains to the north, and its arc-like southern coastline traces the outline of Tosa Bay. To the east is Cape Muroto, and to the west, Cape Ashizuri, with gently undulating sandy beaches stretching between these two extreme points. The prefecture also boasts the mystical limestone caves of Ryu-ga-do, and the beautiful sands and green pines of Katsura-hama Beach.

Chikurin-ji TempleChikurin-ji Temple
Chikurin-ji Temple, established by a priest Gyoki in 724, is located on top of Mt. Godai-sa …  more »
History
Kochi CastleKochi Castle
Kochi Castle is noted for its Tenshukaku donjon, originally built by Yamauchi Kazutoyo and  …  more »
HistoryLandmark
Minokoshi CoastMinokoshi Coast
Minokoshi, literally “leaving unseen” a reef-bound seacoast similar to Tatsukushi is so nam …  more »
Nature
Ryuga-do CaveRyuga-do Cave
Ryuga-do is a limestone grotto, meandering inland for 4 kilometers (1 kilometer is open to  …  more »
Nature
Tatsukushi CoastTatsukushi Coast
Tatsukushi Coast is famous for its fantastic rocks formed by sea and wind erosion. The rock …  more »
Nature

Tokushima

Situated in the eastern part of Shikoku, Tokushima is surrounded by mountains topping 1,000 meters on three sides. The prefecture is blessed with sightseeing spots highlighted by magnificent nature, such as the Naruto area (which is part of the Seto Inland Sea National Park), the Tokushima area (which has Bisan, the symbol of Tokushima), the Mt. Tsurugi-san Iya Valley area, and the Anan coastal area.

Awa Jurobe YashikiAwa Jurobe Yashiki
While the rich were being entertained with Kabuki, Ningyo Joruri papet play thrived in the  …  more »
Entertainment
Awa Odori KaikanAwa Odori Kaikan
The world famous Awa-odori Dance can be viewed all year round at the dance hall. The first  …  more »
Entertainment
Bizan ParkBizan Park
Bizan Park is located on the top of Mt. Bizan, the symbol of Tokushima City. It overlooks t …  more »
Park / Garden
Hyotan-jima CruiseHyotan-jima Cruise
The island-like area which comprises the central Tokushima City in between the Shinmachi-ga …  more »
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Mount Tsurugi-sanMount Tsurugi-san
Mt. Tsurugi-san is a 1,955 meters high mountain, which is the second highest in Shikoku. Th …  more »
Nature
Naruto Park (Naruto Whirlpools)Naruto Park (Naruto Whirlpools)
The Naruto whirlpools (Naruto-no-Uzushio) are ferocious tidal whirlpools in the Naruto-kaik …  more »
NaturePark / Garden
Otsuka Museum of ArtOtsuka Museum of Art
Otsuka Museum of Art displays over 1,000 replicas of famous Western paintings possessed by  …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Tokushima Castle Ruins (Tokushima Central Park)Tokushima Castle Ruins (Tokushima Central Park)
Less than half a kilometer north-east of the railway station, the ruins of Tokushima Castle …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Tokushima ZooTokushima Zoo
The expansive grounds of Tokushima Zoo provide natural surroundings with Temperate, Tropica …  more »
Entertainment

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