BEST THINGS TO DO IN SHIKOKU

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Iya Valley
Naruto Strait
Konpira Shrine
Matsuyama Castle
Shimanami Kaido
Nametoko Gorge
Dogo Onsen (Dogo Hot Springs)
Udatsu cityscape

Relaxing Shikoku.

This area is rich in nature, surrounded by the sea and mountains, and you can enjoy various attractions in each season. Shikoku's unique culture, delicious food, and beautiful scenery are waiting for you.
Here are some recommended spots in Shikoku. Visit, experience, be moved and be healed.

About Shikoku

Shikoku is an island located on the western side of Japan and consists of four prefectures: Kochi, Ehime, Kagawa, and Tokushima. Using ANA, you can depart fast and easily to any prefecture in Japan from the major cities of Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Okinawa. This site showcases the abundance of unique and attractive locations in Shikoku as well as information on good deals and how you can enjoy your stay to the fullest.

Shikoku landed second place in Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia Pacific ranking in 2019. The only Japanese region to make the cut!

Flight Schedule
*Including codeshare flights

FromDestinationFlight timeNumber of Flight
TokyoTakamatsuApprox.75mins6 Daily flights
OkinawaApprox.130mins2 Daily flights

* As of 1 February 2020

Flight Schedule
*Including codeshare flights

FromDestinationFlight timeNumber of Flight
TokyoTokushimaApprox.75mins4 Daily flights

* As of 1 February 2020

Flight Schedule
*Including codeshare flights

FromDestinationFlight timeNumber of Flight
TokyoMatsuyamaApprox.90mins6 Daily flights
NagoyaApprox.65mins2 Daily flights
OsakaApprox.50mins9 Daily flights
SapporoApprox.140mins3 Daily flights
OkinawaApprox.110mins1 Daily flight

* As of 1 February 2020

Flight Schedule
*Including codeshare flights

FromDestinationFlight timeNumber of Flight
TokyoKochiApprox.85mins5 Daily flights
OsakaApprox.45mins6 Daily flights

* As of 1 February 2020

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Discover Shikoku’s Landscape
Enjoy the magnificent nature of Shikoku, from the Naruto Strait and its whirlpools to the Iya Valley in the deep mountains.

  • Tokushima Airport

  • Naruto Strait

    Connecting Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island, Naruto Strait is famous for its whirlpools, which are rare in Japan. Like the Messina Strait in Italy and the Seymour Strait in Canada, it is said to be one of the three major currents in the world. Above the Naruto Strait is a marine promenade called the Whirlpool Road, where these natural phenomena can be seen under a transparent floor. The magnificence of the strait seen from the observation deck of the nearby Naruto Park is also a superb view.

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  • Udatsu cityscape

    These beautiful streets were built along with old Japanese houses. In Japanese, Udatsu designates a fire protection wall between neighboring houses, which was very expensive at the time and was a way to distinguish rich neighborhoods. The oldest still standing today date back to 1707.

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  • Oboke

    Oboke is a beautiful valley created by the rapids of the Yoshino River over the past 200 million years. It has been designated as a national natural monument as a valuable place to understand the origin of the Japanese archipelago from the beautiful rocks and V-shaped valleys.

  • Iya Valley

    As one of Japan's three biggest unexplored areas, this is a place where you can enjoy the traditional architecture and activities in untouched nature. Cross Kazura Bridge, a plant-made bridge in the heart of the forest (not for the faint of heart!).

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  • Kochi Airport

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Journey down Japan’s clearest stream, rich with history and mystery
Home to the oldest hot spring in the country and the clearest water, this region was also the birthplace of an important Japanese hero.

  • Kochi Airport

  • Katsurahama Beach

    This is one of the best sceneries in Kochi Prefecture. Spreading between Urato Bay Exit, Ryuzu Cape, and Ryuo Cape in an arched shape, this beach joins a background of pine forests, colorful pebbles and the dark blue of the ocean as if it is a miniature garden, creating a mesmerizing view.

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  • Yakatabune on the Shimanto River

    Shimanto River is said to be the last clear-water river in Japan and is famous for its low-water crossing, affectionately called the ‘Sinking Bridge’. Visitors can join an hour-long cruise over the crossing in a traditional yakatabune (houseboat) where they can comfortably enjoy what the river has to offer.

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  • Nametoko Gorge

    With Shimanto River running through it, this beautiful valley is known for its population of monkeys. The national park offers an unparalleled glimpse of Japanese wildlife no matter the season and is a popular destination to observe fall colors.

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  • Dogo Onsen (Dogo Hot Springs)

    Dogo Onsen is said to be the oldest hot spring in Japan. It’s said to have been discovered about 3,000 years ago when a wounded egret was healing its body. The main building is one many are familiar with and is the first public bath to be selected as the country’s Important Cultural Property, as well as Heritage of Industrial Modernization of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. The wooden inner structure is maze-like with each room, hallway, and stairway built-in complicated ways. Its strange and mysterious structure inspired the onsen in the famous Ghibli movie Spirited Away.

    *Because of the current construction work, some facilities may not be open.

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  • Matsuyama Airport

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This famous cycling road offers unique and photogenic views of the island and the Inland sea, from the castle to the cityscape. Enjoy the rich and historic landscape.

  • Matsuyama Airport

  • Matsuyama Castle

    At the heart of Matsuyama City stands Matsuyama Castle, one of the 21 important cultural symbols in the city. Kato Yoshiaki, a feudal lord at the time, ordered the construction in 1602 and built the castle over the following quarter-century. Towering at a height of 161 meters, it offers a beautiful panoramic view worthy of a lord.

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  • Shimanami Kaido

    This expressway, also known under the name Nishiseto, connects Onomichi, Hiroshima, and Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture. It’s particularly popular among cyclists, who can enjoy the beautiful scenery and view of the Seto Inland Sea while they ride. In addition to the breathtaking views, visitors can also stop by historic sites and museums along the way.

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  • Konpira Shrine

    Popularly known as Sanuki Konpira-san, the Konpira Shrine stands at the heart of Zozu Mountain. Home to the God of Sea, it has attracted pious men and women seeking good fortune, from wishing for a rich harvest to a prosperous business. There are 785 stone steps leading the main shrine, and 1,368 more steps for those who would like to take a look at the rear shrine as well. The path offers a view to many of the neighboring sightseeing spots, making it a walk to remember. Why not spend the first night in Kotohira and explore Konpira-san in the morning?

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  • Shodo Island

    Surrounded by water, Shodo Island is known for its generous olive farms’ possible thanks to the region’s warm climate. Travelers’ favorite sightseeing spot is without a doubt Angel Road, a stretch of land leading to a small rock known to bring good luck to couples that walk along with it hand in hand. Another must-visit location are Olive Park where visitors can see a white Greek windmill over the island’s green landscape.

  • Takamatsu Airport