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Resting in the waters of the Inland Sea, Shikoku is Japan’s fourth largest island and enjoys a relaxed atmosphere and rural landscape.

Cross to the island by train from Okayama, or board a boat through the archipelago from Hiroshima.

Exploring Shikoku

The island’s main city is Matsuyama, home to one of Japan’s finest castles, perched on a hill top with excellent views and a stunning collection of samurai swords and armor.

In Dogo Onsen, one of Japan’s oldest spa towns, the beautiful public baths date back to 1894, while for many visitors the highlight is the attractive garden of Ritsurin-koen in Takamatsu, where the ponds, teahouses and bridges took more than a century to complete.

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Places to visit in Shikoku

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Shikoku, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Shikoku

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Shikoku, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Shikoku at its best.

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