Shikoku

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The Awa-Odori Festival, Tokushima
Oboke & Koboke Gorges, Tokushima
Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu
Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu
Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu

About Shikoku

Shikoku is an island to the south of Kobe and Hiroshima, and to the west of Tokyo. It has a rural, “off-the-beaten-track” feel, and no large cities. But it boasts impressive castles at Kochi and Matsuyama, and the series of road bridges across the islands from Onomichi on the mainland to Imabari on Shikoku (the “Shimanami Kaido”) is a magnificent bicycle ride.

  • Matsuyama
  • Kochi
  • Temple pligrimage
  • Cycling routes
  • Awa Odori Festival (12-15 August)

Shikoku is also famous for its 88-temple pilgrimage of temples associated with the priest Kūkai. Most modern-day pilgrims travel by bus, rarely choosing the old-fashioned method of going by foot. They are seen wearing white jackets emblazoned with the characters reading dōgyō ninin meaning “two traveling together”.
Tokushima Prefecture, at the eastern end of Shikoku, also has its annual Awa Odori Festival in August at the time of the Obon festival. This festival of street processions, folk and eccentric dancing where everyone can join in, attracts thousands of tourists each year from all over Japan and from abroad.

Explore Shikoku:

by train

You can explore Shikoku by rail with the nationwide Japan Rail Pass, or the regional rail pass of JR Shikoku.

by bike

As mentioned above, the ride to the island is a picturesque bike ride, of around 70km. But if you don’t feel up to that, bicycle hire is available most of the year. With little traffic on the roads, exploring Shikoku by bicycle is particularly recommended.

Getting there:

From Tokyo, take the Bullet train to Okayama and change to local trains to cross to the eastern part of Shikoku.
From Hiroshima, you can take a ferry across the “Inland Sea” to Matsuyama on the west side on Shikoku (2.5 hrs). It’s a relaxed and picturesque trip.

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