Self Guided Adventure


Secrets of Shikoku

14 Nights: from US$4279 per person (twin share) Trip Code: SOSS

A world apart from the crowded pavements and neon-spangled skyscrapers of the big cities; Shikoku boasts stunning natural beauty, from hidden valleys and untouched rivers to mountains and jagged coastlines. Over two weeks, this itinerary will allow you to discover some of the secrets of Shikoku. Read more >

Your adventure starts in traditional Kyoto and ends in vibrant Osaka, taking you on a fascinating journey from Japan's former Imperial capital of over a thousand years to its fun-loving, laid-back neighbour. These cities will really showcase the variety that can be found in Japan's metropolitan centres!

Leaving Kyoto you will step off the well-worn tourist trail to follow the pilgrimage route up to Shikoku's most famous shrine, Konpira-san, and across the Iya Valley's vine bridges. Next, secluded Ekawasaki offers the opportunity to explore the Shimanto-gawa River, where you will really experience hidden Japan.

In Kochi you can take a whale-watching cruise and explore the city's hilltop samurai castle, one of Japan's few remaining original castles. For the quintessential Japanese bathing experience you'll head to Matsuyama, home to Japan's oldest onsen bathhouse, dating from 1894 and still frequented by the country's most prestigious guests - including the Imperial Family!

A day trip to the island of Naoshima on the Seto Inland Sea is also sure to be a highlight of your trip. Here you'll discover the large collection of contemporary art housed in the renowned Benesse House and Chichu Museums, as well as in the open air amid the island's stunning natural scenery.

We always aim to include a range of evening meals to make your trip a culinary treat of locally sourced, traditional specialities. Speaking of food - we have also included an udon noodle-making class, which is a great way for you to find out more about Japanese cuisine!

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning, five evening meals and two lunches
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport between destinations
  • Canoe trip down the Shimanto-gawa River
  • Noodle-making class
  • Whale-watching in Kochi
  • Ferry tickets for Naoshima day trip
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, taxis, subways) at any destination unless otherwise specified
  • Any entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

What, where, when and how...

Secrets of Shikoku - 15 Days - Accommodation

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