SHIKOKU

Shikoku is smallest of Japan's Big 4 islands and is located to the south of Honshu.

Shikoku is a fairly rural area and features a mountain range running roughly east west down the island. Shikoku faces the Inland Sea on the northern side and the Pacific Ocean on the southern side. Shikoku is famous for its 88 temple Pilgrimage and the Awa-odori festive held in August every year.

SHIKOKU ACCESS

By plane
Prefectural capitals Takamatsu, Matsuyama, Kochi and Tokushima all have small regional airports.

By train
Trains connect to Shikoku from Okayama on Honshu to Takamatsu. Connections can then be made via train or bus to other locations throughout Shikoku.

By bus
Bus is often the best form of access from Kansai or eastern parts of Japan. Buses travel through Awaji Island and across the famous Naruto Bridge.

SHIKOKU MAP

Shikoku Map

SHIKOKU REGIONS

Shikoku

Shikoku
Shikoku is smallest of Japan's Big 4 islands and is situated to the south of the main island of Honshu. Shikoku is a fairly rural area and features a mountain range running roughly east west...

SHIKOKU PREFECTURES

Ehime Prefecture
Ehime Prefecture is on the north western side of Shikoku Island on the Seto Inland Sea. The capital of Ehime Prefecture is Matsuyama. Ehime Prefecture is famous for its Dogo Hot Spring area...

Kagawa Prefecture

Kagawa Prefecture
Kagawa Prefecture is on the north eastern side of Shikoku Island on the Seto Inland Sea. The capital of Kagawa Prefecture is Takamatsu. Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture in Japan ...

Kochi Prefecture
Kochi Prefecture is on the south coast of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's Big 4 islands. The capital of Kochi Prefecture is Kochi City. Kochi Prefecture is a very rural prefecture with 40% ...

Tokushima Prefecture
Tokushima Prefecture is on the eastern side of Shikoku Island. The capital of Tokushima Prefecture is Tokushima City. Tokushima Prefecture is famous for its Awa-odori Dance Festival, which i...

SHIKOKU PREFECTURE CAPITAL

Kochi
Kochi City is the capital of Kochi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Kochi is at the head of Urado Bay on an alluvial plain. The major attraction of Kochi is Kochi Castle which is the onl...

Matsuyama
Matsuyama is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Matsuyama is famous for Onsen (hot springs)....

Takamatsu

Takamatsu
Takamatsu is a port city on the north eastern end of Shikoku Island on the Seto Inland Sea. Takamatsu is the closest port to Honshu. The main attractions in Takamatsu are Ritsurin Garden; a ...

Tokushima
Tokushima is the capital of Tokushima Prefecture, on the eastern side of Shikoku Island. Tokushima is famous for its Awa-odori Dance Festival, which is held every year from 12th to 15th of A...

SHIKOKU MAIN CITIES and TOWNS

Kotohira

Kotohira
Kotohira is a city in Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Kotohira is the site of the famous Konpira Shrine, also known as Kotohira-gu, which is a Shinto Shrine half way up Mt Zozu. ...

Naoshima
Naoshima is a small town on Naoshima Island which is in the Seto Inland Sea. Naoshima is part of Kagawa Prefecture. Naoshima is famous for it many art galleries and museums including the Chi...

Naruto
Naruto is a city on the coastline of Tokushima Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Naruto City is the landing point of Naruto Bridge which joins Awaji Island to Shikoku Island. Naruto is fa...

SHIKOKU CASTLES

Ichinomiya Castle
Ichinomiya Castle was a hilltop castle only a few kilometres to the west of Tokushima City Tokushima Prefecture, where Tokushima Castle once stood. Ichinomiya Castle was used by the Ichinomi...

Imabari Castle
Imabari Castle is a Mizujiro (castle in the sea) style Japanese Castle on the coast line in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Imabari Castle was constructed by the order of...

Kochi Castle
Kochi Castle is in the city of Kochi on the island of Shikoku. Kochi Castle was completed in 1611, however this structure burnt down in 1727. Kochi Castle was then rebuilt in the same style ...

Marugame Castle
Marugame Castle is in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture. Marugame Castle, also known as Kameyama Castle and Horai Castle, began as a fortified residence in 1587, but was later turned into a castle...

Matsuyama Castle
Matsuyama Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle, on Mt Matsuyama in the city of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture. Matsuyama Castle was completed in 1603 with a five story donjon (keep) which ...

Ozu Castle
Ozu Castle is a Japanese Castle in Ozu, Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Ozu Castle was constructed by the order of Utsunomiya Toyofusa in 1331. Between 1585 and 1617 was upgraded ...

Takamatsu Castle
Takamatsu Castle is along the coastline in the city of Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku. Takamatsu Castle was completed in 1590, and is one of only three Japanese Castle surrounded by wate...

Tokushima Castle
Tokushima Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Tokushima Tokushima Prefecture. Tokushima Castle was constructed in 1585, with a donjon added in three years later. Around 1615 the do...

Urado Castle
Urado Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle at the entrance to Urado Bay in Kochi City Kochi Prefecture. Urado Castle was used by Chosokabe Motochika for a period after 1591. In 1600 t...

Uwajima Castle
Uwajima Castle is a Japanese Castle in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, is also known as Tsurushima-jo. Uwajima Castle was built in 1596 and was expanded in 1671. The donjon (tower) is a designate...

Yuzuki Castle
Yuzuki Castle was a Japanese Castle near Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama Ehime Prefecture. Yuzuki Castle was upgraded from a fort in the 16th century, but was destroyed in battle in 1585 by Toyotomi...

SHIKOKU TEMPLES

Ishite-ji Temple
Ishite-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect, in Matsuyama Ehime Prefecture. Ishite-ji Temple is temple 51 of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. Ishite-ji Temple was established ...

SHIKOKU SHRINES

Konpira Shrine

Konpira Shrine
Konpira Shrine, also known as Kotohira-gu, is a Shinto Shrine half way up Mt Zozu, in the city of Kotohira Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Konpira Shrine is famous for the large ...

SHIKOKU MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES

Shikoku Mura

Shikoku Mura
Shikoku Mura is an outdoor museum which features traditional farmhouses from all over the island of Shikoku that have been relocated to the site. The folk houses featured in Shikoku Mura are...

Tokushima Castle Museum
Tokushima Castle Museum is on the site of the former Tokushima Castle in Tokushima Tokushima Prefecture. Tokushima Castle Museum exhibits art works and historic materials from the history of...

SHIKOKU THEATRES and CONCERT HALLS

Awa-odori Hall
Awa-odori Hall (Awa-odori Kaikan) is theatre where displays of Awa-odori Dance can be seen throughout the year. Tokushima is famous for its Awa-odori Dance Festival, which is held from 12th ...

SHIKOKU GARDENS and PARKS

Kagamino Park
Kagamino Park is in Kami in Kochi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Kagamino Park is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Kotohiki Park
Kotohiki Park is in Kanonji City on the island of Shikoku. Kotohiki Park is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Makino Park
Makino Park is in Sakawa Kochi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Makino Park is most famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Omotegoten Garden
Omotegoten Garden of Old Tokushima Castle is a traditional Japanese garden next to Tokushima Castle Museum in Tokushima Tokushima Prefecture. Omotegoten Garden makes extensive use of Awa-no-...

Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden is a famous, historic and beautiful Japanese garden which is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Ritsurin Garden is one of the main attractions in the city of Tak...

Seibu Park
Seibu Park, in Tokushima on the island of Shikoku is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Shiroyama Park
Shiroyama Park, in Matsuyama on the island of Shikoku. Shiroyama Park is most famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

SHIKOKU MOUNTAINS

Mt Bizan
Mt Bizan is the symbol of Tokushima City. From the lookout point on the top of Mt Bizan the whole of Tokushima City and beyond. On a clear day the Kii Peninsula to the east and Awaji Island ...

SHIKOKU LAKES and BAYS

Naruto Straits
Naruto Straits are a narrow section of water between Awaiji Island and Shikoku Island at Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture. The Naruto Straits are famous for their Naruto Whirlpools, which are ...

Naruto Whirlpools
Naruto Whirlpools are large whirlpools created in the Naruto Straits by large flows of sea water moving back and forth with the tides between Naruto Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island. Th...

SHIKOKU BRIDGES

Naruto Bridge
Naruto Bridge spans the Naruto Straits to join Awaji Island to Shikoku Island at Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture. Naruto Bridge features an observation deck to view the famous Naruto Whirlpoo...

SHIKOKU ONSEN

Dogo Onsen
Dogo Onsen is a famous hot spring in Matsuyama Ehime Prefecture, which is one of the oldest Onsen in Japan. Today Dogo Onsen normally refers to the three story Dogo Onsen public bath which w...

SHIKOKU TRAIN STATIONS

Sancho Ropeway Station
Sancho Ropeway Station is the terminal on Mt Bizan Tokushima Prefecture, where the main lookout point on Mt Bizan. From this point you can view the whole of Tokushima City and beyond. On a c...

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