Where is Shikoku?
Shikoku is the smallest island to the west of Japan, and as the name suggests, "Shi" meaning four and "koku" meaning region or country, Shikoku is made up of 4 prefectures - Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima. With ANA, you can quickly and easily fly to any part of Shikoku; an 85-minute flight from Tokyo, a 65-minute flight from Nagoya, or a 50-minute flight from Osaka! On arrival in Shikoku, you can also rent a car and travel around Shikoku using one of three exclusive travel routes created by ANA. Route 1 has a total mileage of 360 km, Route 2, the longest of the three, is 600 km and Route 3 is 500 km, each route has its stops and adventures, the best way to explore Shikoku while driving.
A beautiful hidden city tucked away safely in the corner of Shikoku, Takamatsu is an amazing first stop to this Shikoku trip. A perfect balance between countryside and city and with roads as winding and deep as the Udon they serve, Takamatsu is a great starting point for this Shikoku adventure.
Canoeing, mountain climbing, castle-hopping and some of the most amazing people you'll ever meet, Kochi is truly the perfect destination for any traveler. The people of Kochi are happy to welcome visitors and always have time for a chat with a friendly face. Enjoy rafting down a mountain river or diving deep into ancient caves, there is always fun to be had in Kochi.
With delicious food being served in every corner of Shikoku, Takamatsu stands out with its world-famous Udon, a thick noodle served hot or cold and with various types and serving options. You'll never get bored with this local specialty. Once full, Takamatsu also has the most amazing castle sitting atop a mountain. Takamatsu Castle has the best views the city has to offer, a perfect way to take in a whole beautiful scenery.
Mountainous, filled with wonder and the home to the most delicious Japanese citrus fruit, Yuzu, Kochi is an adventurer's paradise. Enjoy the deep blue of Niyodo River, grab a drink with the locals and make some lifelong friends. Kochi is the city filled with some of the friendliest people in Shikoku.
A perfect city to end a road trip. With insane winding mountain roads and hidden waterfalls, Matsuyama is a beautiful city sitting atop Shikoku. With many huge pocket cities between stretches of countryside, Matsuyama is a perfect blend of countryside and city. Famous for oranges and fresh fish, this city has enough to keep even the most active traveler entertained.