高知県 香川県 徳島県 瀬戸大橋

Shikoku Eastbound Travel Course

This is a recommended plan to see some stunning natural vistas in Shikoku, flying into Takamatsu Airport and departing from Takamatsu Airport.
DAY1 Takamatsu Airport→Naruto Whirlpools, Onaruto Bridge→Tokushima City
DAY2 Tokushima→Muroto Global Geopark Center→Kitagawa Village “Monet’s Garden” Marmottan→Kochi City
DAY3 Kochi Castle→Harimaya Bridge→Hirome Market→Katsurahama Beach→Oboke & Iya Valley
DAY4 Oboke Gorge & Kazurabashi (Iya Vine Bridge)→Kotohira-gu Shrine→Takamatsu Airport
START
Takamatsu Airport

About a 90-minute drive
1

Pleasure boat to view Naruto Whirlpools, Onaruto Bridge of Tokushima.

  • Pleasure boat to view Naruto Whirlpools, Onaruto Bridge of Tokushima.
About a 40-minute drive
2

Overnight stay in Tokushima City

*The images of the accommodation facilities are for illustrative purposes only
  • Overnight stay in Tokushima City
About a 2.5-hour drive
3

Muroto Global Geopark Center

Get a sense of the geological activity of Earth
  • Muroto Global Geopark Center
  • Muroto Global Geopark Center
  • Muroto Global Geopark Center
  • Muroto Global Geopark Center
  • Muroto Global Geopark Center
  • Muroto Global Geopark Center
  • Muroto Global Geopark Center
  • Muroto Global Geopark Center
  • Muroto Global Geopark Center
The Muroto Peninsula was certified as part of the Global Geopark Network in 2011. There are still areas where the ground continues to rise; it's an area where you can really feel the dynamics of the earth. At Cape Hane, you can walk through rock formations that were once a part of the sea floor and even see fossils. Meanwhile at Cape Muroto, you can walk along paths surrounded by subtropical plants in an area that was also once part of the sea floor.

To get the most out of your visit to the Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark, first head to the Muroto Global Geopark Center. Here, you can learn about the formation of Muroto, nature, history, and culture through displays and exhibits. Another great way to explore Muroto is by bicycle, which are available for rent. Guided tours in English are also available.
About a 1-hour drive
4

Kitagawa Village "Monet's Garden" Marmottan

Experience a real life version of Monet's world
  • Kitagawa Village
  • Kitagawa Village
  • Kitagawa Village
  • Kitagawa Village
  • Kitagawa Village
  • Kitagawa Village
  • Kitagawa Village
  • Kitagawa Village
  • Kitagawa Village
  • Kitagawa Village
Everything to do with French impressionist painter Claude Monet.
Kitagawa Village “Monet's Garden” Marmottan is a reproduction of the world depicted in the famous painting Monet's Garden.
Monet loved his garden in Giverny, France. It's said that when he wasn't creating, he devoted his time to gardening. The garden, set amongst Kochi's natural beauty, revives this idea of Monet and is the only place in the world permitted to carry the name of Monet's garden.
Be inspired by the beauty of each season with over 70,000 flowers and plants to see. The popular blue water lilies can be admired from around late June to early November.
About a 90-minute drive
5

Overnight stay in Kochi City

*The images of the accommodation facilities are for illustrative purposes only
  • Overnight stay in Kochi City
A short walk
6

Kochi Castle

An original Japanese castle complete with cherry blossoms and illuminations
  • Kochi Castle
  • Kochi Castle
  • Kochi Castle
  • Kochi Castle
  • Kochi Castle
  • Kochi Castle
  • Kochi Castle
  • Kochi Castle
  • Kochi Castle
  • Kochi Castle
Constructed at the beginning of the 17th century, Kochi Castle is the only castle in Japan where the original tenshu and honmaru (castle tower and main keep) are still standing. 15 of the structures in the castle grounds have been designated as Important National Cultural Properties.
Adorning the tops of the castle roof are legendary animals called "shachi" that resemble fish with the head of a dragon. Being creatures of the sea, these shachi were seen as guardians protecting the castle from fire. Learn all about Kochi Castle and its history at the Kochi Castle Museum of History, located right across the street from the castle itself.
Another great feature of Kochi Castle is that you can capture a photo of the Otemon main gate and the Tenshu castle tower in one shot - a rarity in Japan. During cherry blossom season, the contrast between the white walls of the castle against the pink of the cherry blossoms is an incredibly beautiful sight. At night, the grounds are carefully illuminated meaning that you can enjoy castle views any time.
While there's a lot to see, the castle grounds are quite compact so you can still check it out even if you're pressed for time. A symbol of the prefecture, the castle is close to Kochi Station making it a must-see sight for those visiting the city.
About a 10-minute walk
7

Harimaya Bridge

A bridge made famous in a lover's tale
  • Harimaya Bridge
  • Harimaya Bridge
  • Harimaya Bridge
  • Harimaya Bridge
  • Harimaya Bridge
  • Harimaya Bridge
This vibrant vermilion bridge in the heart of Kochi creates quite a photogenic spot!
Harimaya Bridge, which has made its way into the lyrics of local folk song yosakoi-bushi, is also the setting of a legendary love story between a monk and a local woman.
In recent years, the bridge and its surroundings have been turned into Harimayabashi Park and even the old river has been recreated.
About a 10-minute walk
8

Hirome Market

Raise a glass in cheers with the locals!There's also loads of great local Kochi food
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
A food market that feels like you're at a festival!
Hirome Market is a facility where both Kochi Prefecture residents and tourists alike come to enjoy an array of food, from local specialties to international cuisine.
As it's located next to Kochi Castle and packed with approx. 65 stalls, Hirome Market is always full of people. The recommended way to enjoy the market is to buy food and drinks from several stalls and bring them to one of the many tables set up around the market.
Kochi locals are known for their love of drink, so it's not unusual to see people drinking from noon here.
There is also a bar corner called “Hirome Bar” where Italian, Spanish and French food and drinks are also available.
Nicknamed "Kochi's Kitchen", this is one spot you simply cannot miss!
About a 30-minute drive
9

Katsurahama Beach

A statue of local hero Sakamoto Ryoma with incredible beach views
  • Katsurahama Beach
  • Katsurahama Beach
  • Katsurahama Beach
  • Katsurahama Beach
  • Katsurahama Beach
  • Katsurahama Beach
  • Katsurahama Beach
  • Katsurahama Beach
  • Katsurahama Beach
Katsurahama is one of the most scenic spots in all of Kochi Prefecture. Known since ancient times as a popular place to view the moon, the scenery has even been described in the lyrics of a famous Kochi folk song, yosakoi bushi.
Set against a backdrop of green pine trees and an azure sea, a statue of the local samurai hero Sakamoto Ryoma gazes out over the Pacific Ocean. If you want to know more about Ryoma, one of the most famous samurai in Japan, check out the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum located nearby.
The entire beachfront is called Katsurahama Park, and includes shops and even the Katsurahama Aquarium.
About a 90-minute drive
10

Sightseeing in Oboke & Iya Valley, Tokushima Prefecture

  • Sightseeing in Oboke & Iya Valley, Tokushima Prefecture
About a 1-hour drive
11

Overnight stay in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture

*The images of the accommodation facilities are for illustrative purposes only
  • Overnight stay in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture
12

Oboke Gorge & Kazurabashi (Iya Vine Bridge)

  • Oboke Gorge & Kazurabashi (Iya Vine Bridge)
About a 1-hour drive
13

Kotohira-gu Shrine

  • Kotohira-gu Shrine
About a 40-minute drive
14

Takamatsu Airport

  • Takamatsu Airport
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