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.
Day 1 Takamatsu Airport→Naruto Whirlpools, Onaruto Bridge→Tokushima City
Day 2 Tokushima→Muroto Global Geopark Center→Kitagawa Village “Monet’s Garden” Marmottan→Kochi City
Day 3 Kochi Castle→Harimaya Bridge→Hirome Market→Katsurahama Beach→Oboke & Iya Valley
Day 4 Oboke Gorge & Kazurabashi (Iya Vine Bridge)→Kotohira-gu Shrine→Takamatsu Airport
Day 1
Takamatsu Airport

About a 90-minute drive
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Day 1

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

  • Pleasure boat to view Naruto Whirlpools, Onaruto Bridge of Tokushima.
The magnificent whirlpools in the Naruto Straits can be enjoyed from several vantages. One option is the observatory built below the Naruto Bridge, offering a variety of views through glass viewing panels from a height of 45m above the sea. For an up-close and personal view of the whirlpools, why not try taking a ride on one of the regular sightseeing boat trips available?
About a 40-minute drive
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Day 1

Overnight stay in Tokushima City

*The images of the accommodation facilities are for illustrative purposes only
  • Overnight stay in Tokushima City
Day 2
About a 2.5-hour drive
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Day 2

Muroto Global Geopark Center

Learn about the geological power of the 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 is alive with geological activity, with areas where the ground continues to rise as tectonic plate activity pushes the seabed up. At Cape Hane, you can walk through rock formations that were once a part of the seafloor and spot fossils of ancient sea creatures. Meanwhile at Cape Muroto, visitors can wander along paths that were once part of the seafloor, now surrounded by subtropical plants such as sea figs, large night-scented lilies and ubame oaks. The area was designated a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2011.

To get the most out of your visit to the peninsula, first head to the Muroto Global Geopark Center. Here, you can learn about Muroto’s formation, nature, history, and culture through displays and exhibits. Bicycles are available for rent, making it easier to explore more of this geological treasure trove and stop by the nearby lighthouse and temple. For those who want a more in-depth experience, guided tours in English are available with advance bookings.


Discovering Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark
About a 1-hour drive
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Day 2

Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village

Enter the world of Claud Monet
  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
In a remote village in the Kochi countryside you will find a reimagined version of the beloved gardens in Giverny of the French painter Claude Monet that inspired the painter’s famous works.
Monet’s Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village is divided into 3 sections. In the Water Garden (Mizu no Niwa) the famous multi-colored waterlilies float upon the shimmering ponds; vibrant flowers that canvas the Flower Garden (Hana no Niwa) from the ground up to arches and trellises change through the seasons like a never ending painting; and the Garden of Bordighera brings ambience of the Mediterranean to Japan.
It is said that Monet’s garden is a living museum of plants could actually be his finest masterpiece. Made with his spirit and in collaboration with the Claude Monet Foundation, it is the only other garden in the world that is allowed to bare his name.
Stop by the cafe or bakery after the gardens and enjoy some fresh local produce, wander through the nursery and learn about the plants in the garden, or browse through the gallery store for exclusive Monet design merchandise.
About a 90-minute drive
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Day 2

Overnight stay in Kochi City

*The images of the accommodation facilities are for illustrative purposes only
  • Overnight stay in Kochi City
Day 3
A short walk
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Day 3

Kochi Castle

Kochi’s 400-Year-Old Castle and Cherry Blossom-Filled Gardens
  • 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’s castle is the only one in Japan where the original castle tower and main keep remain intact. After centuries of surviving wars, fires, and other catastrophes, it is one of the last twelve original castles in Japan, and is designated an Important National Cultural Property. Keep an eye out for all of the intricate details of the castle architecture, like the statues of the legendary shachi sea creatures (half fish, half dragon), gazing down on the city from the roof.
In the spring, the cherry blossoms all around the 400-year-old castle glow soft pink. The delicate flowers and colorful lanterns look particularly dramatic against the backdrop of the thick stone walls. After dark the grounds are lit up for evening cherry blossom viewing, and the castle glows like a beacon in the night.
After exploring the grounds, don’t forget to stop by the Kochi Castle Museum of History, located right across the street. Dive deep into the region’s past through the 67,000 historical materials and artwork on display.
Kochi Castle is the symbol of the city and a stop you won’t want to miss during your visit.

Conquer Kochi Castle!
About a 10-minute walk
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Day 3

Harimaya Bridge

The site of a legendary love story
  • Harimaya Bridge
  • Harimaya Bridge
  • Harimaya Bridge
  • Harimaya Bridge
  • Harimaya Bridge
  • Harimaya Bridge
This vibrant little vermilion bridge in the heart of the city of Kochi is a popular photo spot. Harimaya Bridge is also the setting of a legendary love story between a monk and a local woman, which has been immortalized in the lyrics of a local folk song called yosakoi-bushi. According to legend, a young monk called Junshin was seen buying a kanzashi hairpin for his beloved Ouma, a merchant’s daughter, at a shop near Harimaya Bridge. This was the beginning of the end for the star-crossed lovers, for at that time monks were forbidden to have relationships or marry. As punishment, Junshin was exiled and Ouma was sent far away, never to meet again.
In recent years, the area around the bridge has been turned into a pleasant strolling park, with a little man-made stream recreating the river that once passed beneath Harimaya Bridge. Across the street an elaborate clock announces each hour with mechanical figures that seem to dance to the sound of chimes. Several shops nearby sell kanzashi hairpins and sweets shaped like the hair ornament as a nod to this Kochi legend.
About a 10-minute walk
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Day 3

Hirome Market

Try lots of Kochi specialties and have a few drinks with locals at this friendly indoor market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
  • Hirome Market
Hirome Market feels like a festival every day of the year! Kochiites and visitors alike come here to check out the food shops and grab a table to enjoy an array of local and international cuisine. Nicknamed "Kochi's kitchen", this is one spot you simply cannot miss!
Located just a short walk away from Kochi Castle, Hirome Market is home to around 65 stalls. This is a great place to try a wide range of Kochi specialties, as you can buy food and drinks from the stalls and enjoy them at one of the many large tables set up around the market. Hirome Market is open from morning to late in the evening, but no matter what time you visit there are sure to find plenty of friendly folks chatting, eating, and sipping some of Kochi’s smooth dry sake.
While discovering the local delicacies is part of the fun, there are a few dishes that are sure to start you off on the right path. Katsuo no tataki (seared bonito) is the soul food of Kochi, and here you can catch the chefs searing the filets over piles of burning straw. Keep an eye out for packs of inaka-sushi (country-style sushi) made with preserved vegetables and crunchy aonori (laver) tempura, as well as other popular dishes like juicy fried chicken and gyoza (potstickers).
About a 30-minute drive
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Day 3

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 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.


Ryoma Sakamoto: The Kochi-born samurai who fought for modern Japan
About a 90-minute drive
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Day 3

Sightseeing in Oboke & Iya Valley, Tokushima Prefecture

  • Sightseeing in Oboke & Iya Valley, Tokushima Prefecture
An emerald green water surface, white rock faces, and cliffs jutting straight up to the sky are colored by fresh verdure in spring and by colored leaves in autumn. Three kilometers downstream from Oboke is the place called Koboke.
About a 1-hour drive
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Day 3

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
Day 4
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Day 4

Oboke Gorge & Kazurabashi (Iya Vine Bridge)

  • Oboke Gorge & Kazurabashi (Iya Vine Bridge)
In ancient times the local people built many of these bridges for daily travel, using vines that grow wild in the mountains, yet only a few vine bridges still remain today. Looking down while crossing is enough to put butterflies in any visitor's stomach. Recognized as one of three kinds of unusual bridges in Japan, they are designated as an important folkloric property.
About a 1-hour drive
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Day 4

Kotohira-gu Shrine

  • Kotohira-gu Shrine
This is a popular shrine, commonly known as Konpira-san. It is the head shrine of "Kotohira" or "Konpira" shrines in Japan and has been worshiped since ancient times as "the God of the Sea".
There is an extremely long staircase, consisting of 1,368 steps. The area around the shrine is crowded with many shops such as cafes, teahouses, souvenir shops and udon restaurants. You can rent a walking stick and go for a stroll or take a ride in a "kago" palanquin and enjoy the sights as you are carried around.
At the mid-way point, you will find the Main Shrine. The shrine is dedicated to many gods including the gods of agriculture, livestock, medicine and marine safety. There are wonderful paintings on the ceiling of the main shrine. On certain festival days you can see the priests and shrine maidens dancing in traditional clothes. You can also purchase a beautiful Kofuku no Kiiroi Omamori (Yellow Charm of Happiness).
About a 40-minute drive
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Day 4

Takamatsu Airport

  • Takamatsu Airport
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