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About Shikoku


Shikoku is the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, known for its natural beauty, rich history, and cultural heritage. Here are some popular tourist spots and attractions on Shikoku:

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  • Iya Valley: This remote and picturesque valley is known for its steep, lush green mountains and traditional thatched-roof houses. The Kazurabashi Vine Bridge is a famous attraction here.
  • Kotohira-gu Shrine (Konpira-san): Located in Kotohira, this shrine is dedicated to seafarers and is famous for its long staircase with 785 stone steps leading up to the main hall.
  • Ritsurin Garden: Located in Takamatsu, Ritsurin is one of Japan’s most beautiful landscape gardens. It features stunning ponds, bridges, walking paths, and meticulously maintained flora.
  • Matsuyama Castle: Situated in Matsuyama, this castle is one of the few original castles left in Japan. You can reach it by a chairlift or a steep hiking trail.
  • Dogo Onsen: This historic hot spring in Matsuyama is one of Japan’s oldest and most famous. The main building, Dogo Onsen Honkan, has a beautiful, traditional wooden architecture.
  • Ishite-ji Temple: As one of the 88 temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage, Ishite-ji in Matsuyama is a significant religious site. Its pagoda and temple buildings are impressive.
  • Cape Ashizuri (Ashizuri Misaki): Located in the southernmost part of Shikoku, this cape offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The Ashizuri Lighthouse is a notable landmark.
  • Ōboke and Koboke Gorges: These scenic gorges in Tokushima Prefecture are known for their emerald-green waters and steep, rocky cliffs. You can take boat rides to get close to the beauty of the gorges.
  • Shikoku Karst: In Ehime Prefecture, this highland area is famous for its limestone plateau and unique karst landscape. It’s a great spot for hiking and taking in the panoramic views.
  • Naruto Whirlpools: Off the coast of Tokushima, you can witness the impressive Naruto whirlpools that occur when tidal currents collide under the Naruto Bridge.
  • Awa Odori: If you’re visiting during the summer (August), don’t miss the Awa Odori festival in Tokushima. It’s one of Japan’s largest and most famous traditional dance festivals.
  • Shimanami Kaido: While technically not on Shikoku itself, the Shimanami Kaido is a famous cycling route that connects Shikoku to Honshu via a series of scenic bridges and islands. It’s a unique way to explore the region.