- Iya Valley
White water rafting in the spectacular Oboke Gorge.
The hot spring baths of Matsuyama.
Driving through rural scenery.
The art museums on Naoshima Island.
What our specialists say...
Travel to Shikoku, Japan's smallest and least-visited island. Combine vibrant city life with rural, off the beaten track wilderness and adventure. This trip is ideal for a second time visit to Japan or for those wanting to escape the urban sprawl of the mainland. Starting in the east, Shikoku is accessed by road over the world's longest suspension bridge and you take in the towns of Takamatsu and Tokushima before visiting the quiet Iya Valley and finishing in the hot spring town of Matsuyama. This is a short but concentrated introduction to the Island.
We recommend this trip for:
- Iya Valley
Itinerary idea in detail
Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.
Day 2 Osaka
You arrive in Tokyo, and continue on a connecting flight to Osaka airport. Here you will be met by an airport representative whose principal job is to help with a smooth arrival and assist in validating your rail pass. From the airport, you will take a limousine bus to your hotel not too far away.
- Granvia Hotel
- ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka ›
Day 3 Tokushima
Day 4 Tokushima
Day 5 Takamatsu
Day 6 Takamatsu
Today, take a short ferry ride to visit nearby Naoshima island and its world class art museums. There are other modern art installations of the surrouding smaller islands if time allows.
- Daiwa Roynet Takamatsu
Day 7 Iya Valley
Day 8 Iya Valley
Day 9 Matsuyama
Drive to the small town of Kannonji and then drop the car off here. Take the train onwards west to Matsuyama, Shikoku's principal city and oldest hot spring resort in Japan. The west has a different feel to the east of Shikoku.
- Matsuyama Tokyu REI
- The Dogo Tsubaki Kan ›
Day 10 Matsuyama
Day 11 Tokyo
Travel by train across to Okayama, stopping in to see another top-rated gardens, the Kourakuen Garden before continuing east to Tokyo. The evening is at leisure to catch up on any last-minute sightseeing or simply enjoy your final evening in Japan wining and dining.
Day 12 International return flight
Tokyo , International return flight
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