Self Guided Adventure


Secrets of Shikoku

14 Nights: from US$2727 per person (twin share) Trip Code: SOSC

Our Secrets of Shikoku itinerary circumnavigates the valleys and mountains of beautiful rural Shikoku, including time on the art island of Naoshima as well as stays in historic Kyoto and super-modern Osaka. Read more >

A visit to Shikoku offers a wonderful chance to see a side of Japan rarely experienced by travellers, most of whom stick to the well-worn and well-loved sites of Japan's main island.

In Kotohira you'll follow the pilgrims skywards as you climb the steep steps of Konpira-san, Shikoku's most famous shrine. In Matsuyama you'll soak in the hot spring waters of historic Dogo Onsen, Japan's oldest bathhouse.

From your base in Ekawasaki you can explore the Shimanto-gawa, Japan's last free-flowing river, and feel truly at the heart of rural Japan. Further inland you'll head into the Iya Valley, where hidden gorges and traditional vine bridges await exploration.

Shikoku is home to some wonderful original samurai castles, meaning that the days of the feudal warlords never feel too far away. You'll have the chance to see wildlife too: whale-watching boats run regularly from Kochi during May to October and provide an uplifting counter-sentiment to Japan's usual whale-related headlines.

Your itinerary will also include a day trip to the unique Naoshima on the Seto Inland Sea. This tiny island has developed a global reputation thanks to its large collection of contemporary art galleries, exhibits and outdoor installations; a tour de force of architectural expression integrating art and the natural environment.

Stays at traditional Japanese-style inns will provide contrast with Western-style hotels, giving you some fantastic opportunities to meet Japanese people whilst making sure that your trip provides a benefit to the local community.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning, five evening meals and one lunch
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport between destinations unless otherwise specified
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Kyoto
  • Canoe trip down the Shimanto-gawa River
  • Noodle-making class
  • Ferry tickets for Naoshima day trip
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (local taxis, subways, buses) at any destination
  • Any entrance fees (including those for shrines, temples and museums)
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

What, where, when and how...

Secrets of Shikoku - 15 Days - Accommodation

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