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Japan's hidden island: Temples & festivals in Shikoku

11 days from $4,900pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

Itinerary highlights

  • White water rafting in the spectacular Oboke Gorge.

  • The hot spring baths of Matsuyama.

  • Driving through rural scenery.

  • The art museums on Naoshima Island.

Price includes

Fully insured vehicle rental
All accommodations
  • Tokyo
  • Osaka
  • Tokushima
  • Takamatsu
  • Iya Valley
  • Matsuyama
  • Tokyo

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Osaka

Tokyo , Osaka

You arrive in Tokyo, and continue on a connecting flight to Osaka airport. Here you will be met by an airport representative who will give you your trip documents and ensure a smooth arrival. From the airport, you will take a shared transfer to your hotel not far away.

Day 2 Tokushima

Osaka , Tokushima

Travel by bus to Tokushima via Awaji-jima island and across the world's longest suspension bridge that links the main island of Honshu to Shikoku.


Day 3 Tokushima


Explore Tokushima town. We recommend incorporating a visit to Tokushima's most famous export to the rest of the country, the Bunraku puppet theatre to see a performance.


Day 4 Takamatsu

Tokushima , Takamatsu

Take a scenic coastal train ride to Takamatsu, home to one of Japan's most beautiful gardens the Ritsurin-koen and regarded as one of the top three.

Day 5 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 surrounding smaller islands if time allows.

Day 6 Iya Valley

Takamatsu , Iya Valley

Pick up your hire car and drive from Takamatsu to the rural and removed Iya Valley. Explore the area by car and on foot in the afternoon helped by the advanced GPS system provided with all rental cars. There is some breath-taking mountainous scenery to enjoy complete with beautiful waterfalls depending on the season.

Day 7 Iya Valley

Iya Valley

Start this morning with some light activity; white water rafting in the Oboke Gorge. The course is suitable for beginners and children too.

Day 8 Matsuyama

Iya Valley , 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.

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Day 9 Matsuyama


Explore the castle and gardens or just relax and rewind in the hot springs of your hotel.

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Day 10 Tokyo

Matsuyama , 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 11 Return home


You will be taken to the airport by shared transfer.

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