Shikoku Eastbound Travel Course

All Season
This is a recommended plan to see some stunning natural vistas in Shikoku, flying into Kochi Ryoma Airport and departing from Takamatsu Airport.
Activity time13:00 〜 17:10
Whirlpools, Onaruto Bridge

13:00Takamatsu Airport
Kochi Airport, the air gateway to Kochi Prefecture, has also been popularly known since 2003 as Kochi Ryoma Airport named after Sakamoto Ryoma, a great historical figure from Kochi Prefecture.
About a 90-minute drive
14:30~16:30Pleasure boat to view whirlpools, Onaruto Bridge of Tokushima.
Whirlpools in the Naruto Strait, spanned by the Onaruto Bridge linking the eastern tip of Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island, are among the world’s three most dramatic tidal currents along with those in the Strait of Messina in Italy and the Seymour Narrows in Canada. You can feel the dynamism of the Naruto whirlpools whose current is the fastest in Japan.
About a 40-minute drive
Overnight stay in Tokushima City
Activity time9:00 〜 18:00
Overnight stay in Kochi City

9:00Tokushima City
About a 2.5-hour drive
11:30~14:30Muroto Global Geopark & lunch
Dynamic topographic features, colonies of subtropical plants…this is a place where you can feel history woven by the people and the land.
About a 1-hour drive
15:30~16:30Kitagawa Village "Monet’s Garden" Marmottan
Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France, well known as a place that fascinated impressionist artist Claude Monet, has been replicated as Kitagawa Village "Monet’s Garden" Marmottan. It is the world’s only facility that is allowed to use the name “Monet’s Garden.” The blue water lilies that grow in the garden are a must-see attraction.
About a 90-minute drive
Overnight stay in Kochi City
Activity time9:15 〜 18:30
Overnight stay in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture

9:15Kochi City
A short walk
9:30~10:45Kochi Castle
Kochi Castle is a popular photo spot because you can capture both its Otemon (main gate) and its tower in a single shot. A panoramic view from the castle’s tower is a must-see attraction.
About a 10-minute walk
11:00~11:15Harimaya Bridge & Harimayabashi Park
There is a marionette clock to the east of Harimaya Bridge. Artificial figures in the shape of Kochi Castle, Yosakoi dancers, Katsurahama Beach and Harimaya Bridge appear from four sides of the clock every hour to the tune of a traditional Yosakoi folk song. This is a good place for visitors to take a short break.
About a 10-minute walk
11:30~13:00Hirome Market: Have lunch, stroll in the market
Kochi is the biggest bonito-consuming prefecture in Japan, and seared bonito fillets using fresh bonito roasted over a rice straw-fueled fire are excellent. You can also buy and eat other dishes that are unique to Kochi Prefecture.
About a 30-minute drive
13:30~14:30Katsurahama Beach
This is one of the most scenic spots in Kochi Prefecture where the statue of Sakamoto Ryoma, a great figure from Kochi, stands as if he were viewing the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.
About a 90-minute drive
16:00~17:30Sightseeing in Oboke & Iya, Tokushima Prefecture
About a 1-hour drive
Overnight stay in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture
Activity time9:00 〜 15:40
Takamatsu Airport

9:00~11:00Oboke Gorge boat cruise & Kazura Bridge
You can enjoy a pleasure boat ride on the Yoshino River through the Oboke Gorge. The Iya Kazura Bridge (a vine bridge in the Iya Valley), a hidden scenic spot in Tokushima Prefecture, is one of Japan’s “three most peculiar bridges.” It is thrilling to walk across the bridge because it squeaks and shakes with each step you take.
About a 1-hour drive
12:00~15:00Kotohira Shrine, lunch (Sanuki “udon” noodle)
The Kotohira Shrine in Kagawa Prefecture has been affectionately called “Sanuki-no Kompira-san” (Sanuki is the old name of Kagawa; Kompira is another name of the shrine) since old times, and the god of the sea is enshrined there. Kotohira is one of Japan’s best known locations believed to be filled with mystical energy. Kagawa Prefecture is also called “Udon Prefecture” because it is known for “Sanuki udon” noodles.
About a 40-minute drive
Takamatsu Airport