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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.

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.

Tobe Zoo

Tobe Zoo sits on a forested hill-top south of Matsuyama. It’s the first zoo to successfully raise a polar bear by human hand alone.

Canyoning at Nametoko Gorge

Canyoning is one of the most exciting nature sports, involving descending through rocky gorges formed naturally over thousands of years by the action of rivers.

Kururin Ferris Wheel

Kururin, the huge Ferris wheel on the roof of Iyotetsu Department Store, offers a 15-minute thrill and amazing views over Matsuyama.