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.

Shikoku

Ehime Kagawa Kochi Tokushima
Ehime Kagawa Kochi
Tokushima    

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 Train
Botchan Train is a reconstruction of the kind of steam locomotive that ran from the 1880s to the 1950s.
The train is a tribute to the Japanes …  more »
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Dogo Giyaman Glass Museum
Dogo Giyaman Glass Museum features about 300 pieces of antique glass artwork, such as glass toys called Vidoro and Giyaman from the Edo Perio …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Dogo Onsen Hot Spring Main Building
Dogo Onsen Hot Spring Main Building was built in 1894 and was designated as a national important cultural property in 1994.
This wooden publi …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Hojo-en Square / Botchan Karakuri Clock
Hojo-en Square in front of Dogo-Onsen Station has a free foot bath, an easy way to enjoy the Dogo Hot Spring water.
There are approximately 1 …  more »
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Sakanoue-no-Kumo Museum
Sakanoue-no-Kumo Museum is a museum that features Ryotaro Shiba’s famous historical novel “Sakanoue-no-Kumo” (A Cloud at the Top of the Slope …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Shiki Memorial Museum
Shiki Memorial Museum is a literary museum which features the works and career of Matsuyama-born Haiku poet, Masaoka Shiki.
In addition to th …  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 Museum
Art lovers are attracted to Naoshima Island by its active art community and natural beauty.
Chichu Art Museum, or art museum in the ground, w …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Konpira Grand Theater (Kanamaru-za)
Konpira Grand Theatre, or also called Kanamaru-za, located near the base of the steps towards Kotohiragu Shrine is Japan’s oldest existing Ka …  more »
History
Kotohiragu Shrine
Kotohiragu is one of the most revered Shinto shrines in Japan as the main shrine of Kotohira (or Konpira) Shrines across the country.
Kotohir …  more »
History
New Reoma World
New Reoma World is one of the largest amusement park in Shikoku region.
It has a wide variety of attractions and pavilions which captivate ch …  more »
Entertainment
Seto-Ohashi Tower
Seto-Ohashi Tower stands in Seto-Ohashi Memorial Park located just next to the Seto-Ohashi Bridge which connects the islands of Honshu and Sh …  more »
Landmark
Zenigata Sand Painting (Kotohiki Park)
Zenigata Sand Painting is a 345 meters diameter outline of Kanei Tsuho, a square-holed old coin dating from the Edo Period (1603 – 1868).
The …  more »
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Zentsu-ji Temple
Zentsu-ji Temple (No.
75 on the Ohenro Shikoku Pilgrimage) is said to have been founded in 813.
The temple is the largest among the 88 temple …  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 Alley
Kitahama Alley is a renovated shopping facility which was originally built as a warehouse in the early Showa Period (1926 – 1989).
The rusty  …  more »
Food / Shopping
Onigashima Cave
Onigashima Cave in Megijima island (or called Onigashima island) is a scene of the Japan’s famous fairy tale “Momotaro”.
According to the st …  more »
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Ritsurin-koen Garden
Although not listed as one of Japan’s big three gardens (Kenroku-en in Kanazawa, Koraku-en in Okayama, and Kairaku-en in Mito), Ritsurin-koen …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Shikoku-Mura Village
Shikoku-Mura Village is an excellent open-air museum of old residential houses located at the foot of the Yashima Plateau.
The village has 33 …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Takamatsu Castle Ruins (Tamamo Park)
There is very little left of Takamatsu Castle, which is located close to JR Takamatsu Station.
The castle grounds, which now form the pleasan …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan
Isamu Noguchi was a prominent Japanese American sculptor and landscape architect of the 20th century.
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan i …  more »
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Yashima Dankorei observation deck
Yashima is a peninsula with a 292 meters high table-top plateau jutting out into the Seto Inland Sea.
The name “Yashima”, or Roof Island, der …  more »
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Yashima-ji Temple
Yashima-ji Temple (No.
84 on the Ohenro Shikoku Pilgrimage) was originally established at the northern tip of Yashima in 754 by Priest Ganjin …  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 Temple
Chikurin-ji Temple, established by a priest Gyoki in 724, is located on top of Mt. Godai-san, several kilometers away from the town center of …  more »
History
Kochi Castle
Kochi Castle is noted for its Tenshukaku donjon, originally built by Yamauchi Kazutoyo and Yamauchi Tadayoshi in 1611.
It was once burnt down …  more »
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Minokoshi Coast
Minokoshi, literally “leaving unseen” a reef-bound seacoast similar to Tatsukushi is so named because, in the old days, sightseers denied the …  more »
Nature
Ryuga-do Cave
Ryuga-do is a limestone grotto, meandering inland for 4 kilometers (1 kilometer is open to the public).
It took 175 million years to become w …  more »
Nature
Tatsukushi Coast
Tatsukushi Coast is famous for its fantastic rocks formed by sea and wind erosion.
The rocks called “Ootake / Kotake (Large and small bamboos …  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 Yashiki
While the rich were being entertained with Kabuki, Ningyo Joruri papet play thrived in the farming communities in and around Tokushima as a p …  more »
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Awa Odori Kaikan
The world famous Awa-odori Dance can be viewed all year round at the dance hall.
The first floor is home to an information desk and shop area …  more »
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Bizan Park
Bizan Park is located on the top of Mt. Bizan, the symbol of Tokushima City.
It overlooks the whole city, and on clear days you can see out t …  more »
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Hyotan-jima Cruise
The island-like area which comprises the central Tokushima City in between the Shinmachi-gawa and Suketo-gawa Rivers is called “Hyotan-jima”, …  more »
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Mount Tsurugi-san
Mt. Tsurugi-san is a 1,955 meters high mountain, which is the second highest in Shikoku.
The peak of the mountain is actually gently rounded  …  more »
Nature
Naruto Park (Naruto Whirlpools)
The Naruto whirlpools (Naruto-no-Uzushio) are ferocious tidal whirlpools in the Naruto-kaikyo Channel situated between Naruto in Tokushima an …  more »
NaturePark / Garden
Otsuka Museum of Art
Otsuka Museum of Art displays over 1,000 replicas of famous Western paintings possessed by more than 190 museums in 25 countries as well as a …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Tokushima Castle Ruins (Tokushima Central Park)
Less than half a kilometer north-east of the railway station, the ruins of Tokushima Castle, built in 1586, stand in Tokushima Central Park.
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HistoryPark / Garden
Tokushima Zoo
The expansive grounds of Tokushima Zoo provide natural surroundings with Temperate, Tropical, Savannah and Arctic zones.
The zoo keeps 400 an …  more »
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