Guiding your trip to new adventures in Japan
Explore abundant nature and history in Shikoku,
Japan's hidden gem
It may be the smallest of Japan's main islands, but Shikoku is brimming with natural beauty and rich cultural traditions.
At the island's heart, vast mountains and crystal-clear streams make for an impressive scene,
while encircling the entire island is an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage route complete with no less than 88 temples.
The island is also home to many historical structures and traditional Japanese homes that offer wholly original experiences for the avid traveler.
Enjoy spellbinding views of Shikoku from above
There's no better way to experience the majesty of Shikoku than from atop one of its numerous mountains. Regardless of your experience level, there are many ways and places to scale the slopes and take in the view. Hop on board the ropeway through the Kankakei Gorge where panoramic views await. Hike a spiritual trail in Kochi and follow in the footsteps of Shugendo pilgrims. Or take a 330-meter journey on a chairlift up nearby Mount Tsurugi for a resplendent view.
Unique cultural experiences found nowhere else
Despite its small size, Shikoku has developed its own unique traditions that have enticed visitors for centuries. One of the highlights is the annual Murakami Suigun Boat Race which takes place in the height of the summer. In Tokushima, an 800-year-old tradition of indigo dying lives on. And in Kochi's Iwamoto Temple, monks will guide you through the practice of meditating while sitting cross-legged in the Shimanto River.
Castle stays and art islands are just some of the activities on offer
Although natural sights in Shikoku are an important draw for tourists, the island's cultural activities are equally as fulfilling. In Ozu City, visitors can stay at Ozu Castle for an unforgettable night of accommodations, while Naoshima, a small island in the Seto Inland Sea, is famous for its art galleries and museums. In the Iya Valley, enjoy a leisurely overnight stay at Chiiori, a 300-year-old Japanese traditional home that will transport you to a time lost to history.
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Shikoku: Where nature meets tradition
Blessed with majestic peaks, pristine waterways and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Seto Inland Sea, the island of Shikoku provides a myriad opportunities to explore nature. It is also the home of Japan’s most famous pilgrimage, the Shikoku Henro, a journey covering 88 temples with connections to the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai).
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Embark on a short leg of the 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage, a historic route dating back over 1,200 years that connects 88 Buddhist temples on the island of Shikoku. Each of these temples is connected to Kobo Daishi, a revered monk who trained and traveled in the region.
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An equally enchanting journey awaits in Shikoku, a tranquil island in southwest Japan. The northern part is surrounded by shimmering waters of the Seto Inland Sea, dotted with small islands famed for their citrus fruits and lushly temperate climate. For a truly unforgettable experience, explore Imabari and its neighboring islands on two wheels with a beginner-friendly cycling adventure on the Shimanami Kaido.
Shikoku is brimming with natural beauty and rich cultural traditions. At the island's heart, vast mountains and crystal-clear streams make for an impressive scene, while encircling the entire island is an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage route complete with no less than 88 temples.