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Discover Shikoku in Six Days

Being Japan's smallest island, Shikoku isn't the first place most first-time or even second-time travellers would consider for their itinerary. But the lack of foreign tourists compared to the main island Honshu creates a distinct old time charm that can be appreciated by those looking to visit another side of Japan. Shikoku consists of four prefectures — Ehime, Kagawa, Tokushima, and Kochi, and this six-day plan will bring you across the first three prefectures.

Kashima Island

Kashima Island is the blob of mountain dominating the coast north of Matsuyama. It’s good for swimming, camping, barbecues and picnics.

Omishima Island

Omishima is an artistically and religiously significant island in the Inland Sea. Part of Imabari, it’s accessed by the Shimanami Kaido via a series of bridges.

Climbing Mt. Ishizuchi

Mt. Ishizuchi, the highest mountain in western Japan, is an easy enough walk, except for the last bit.

Ehime Prefectural Office

The Ehime Prefectural Office is a working municipal building. But the original wing is beautiful, especially inside. It was built by Shichiro Giko.

Koshi-ore-yama

Koshi-ore-yama is a humpbacked mountain that stands on the northern boundary of Matsuyama. Home to rare plants, it affords vertiginous views of the Seto Inland Sea.

Shimanami Kaido Cycling

The Shimanami Kaido between Ehime and Hiroshima is one long cycle path dotted with cycle rental stations. Crossing bridges and islands, it’s the perfect cycle route.