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Tour of Hot Spas across Shikoku

This is a luxury travel plan to tour scenic spots and hot-spring resorts across Shikoku, starting from Kansai International Airport.

Day 1 Kansai International Airport→Oboke & Iya Valley→Iya Onsen
Day 2 (Iya Onsen→)Kochi Castle→Hirome Market→Sada Chinkabashi→Ashizuri Onsen Village
Day 3 (Ashizuri Onsen Village→)Tatsukushi Marine Park→Dogo Onsen
Day 4 (Dogo Onsen→)Kotohira-gu Shrine→Takamatsu Airport
Day 1
Kansai International Airport
About a 2.5-hour drive

Tokushima City
About a 2-hour drive
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Day 1

Sightseeing in Oboke Gorge & Iya Valley, Tokushima Prefecture

  • Sightseeing in Oboke Gorge & 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 30-minute drive
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Day 1

Overnight stay in Iya Onsen area in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture

  • Overnight stay in Iya Onsen area in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture
Day 2
About a 90-minute drive

Kochi City
A short walk
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Day 2

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!
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Day 2

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 2-hour drive
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Day 2

Sada Chinkabashi (submersible bridge)

An unusual bridge crossing the clear Shimanto River
  • Sada Chinkabashi (submersible bridge)
  • Sada Chinkabashi (submersible bridge)
  • Sada Chinkabashi (submersible bridge)
Chinkabashi are submersible bridges designed without side rails to reduce the risk of the bridge being washed away during floods. These low, stocky-looking bridges have become a symbol of the Shimanto area, and even seem to blend into the scenery better than a traditional bridge. Though there are many chinkabashi along the river, the Sada Chinkabashi is the longest and closest to the mouth of the Shimanto. You will recognize it by its cute blue “feet.”
Crossing a bridge without balustrades is a thrilling experience and allows visitors to sit on the edge, take in the scenery and dangle their feet over one of Japan's most important rivers. One of the best ways of experiencing the area is renting a bike from the closest train station (Nakamura Station) and then cycling around toward the bridge.
About a 1-hour drive
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Day 2

Overnight stay in Ashizuri Onsen Village

  • Overnight stay in Ashizuri Onsen Village
This is a scenic hot-spa resort that commands a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. You can enjoy taking a hot-spring bath and eating tasty Kochi seafood while feeling the salty scent from the sea.
Day 3
About a 30-minute drive
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Day 3

Tatsukushi Marine Park

Float over one of Japan’s largest coral reefs!
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
The Tatsukushi Marine Park, located at the southernmost coast of Kochi Prefecture, is home to one of Japan’s largest coral reefs and you will find all types of colorful fish and shellfish thriving in these waters that remain warm all year round. Tatsukushi was the first park of its kind to be designated a National Marine Park.
A glass-bottom boat cruise is the best way to see the vibrant marine life under the emerald sea. You will also get a rare chance to marvel at the intricate details and textures of mammoth coral reef clusters from just inches above.
The 30 to 50-minute trip on the glass-bottom boat will also take you to the Minokoshi Coast where you will find rock formations that look like they’ve been brought from another planet. Touch rock surfaces that have been carved out by strong winds and waves over thousands of years. It is sure to be a humbling experience that reminds you of the power of nature and beauty of life on Earth.
About a 3-hour drive
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Day 3

Stay in Dogo Onsen

  • Stay in Dogo Onsen
Dogo Onsen Honkan is thought to be the oldest hot spring in Japan is mentioned in the ancient texts of the Kojiki and Manyoshu. The main building, a three-storey castle-style wooden structure has been designated an Important Cultural Property. The bathhouse is an iconic feature of Matsuyama in the novel “Botchan” and many other masterpieces of literature and film. After enjoying the smooth hot spring water, put on a Yukata robe, stroll around the local streets full of culture, and get into the spirit of this Onsen town. A new annex “Asuka-no-Yu”, adopting the architectural style of the 6th to 8th centuries, will be opened in September 2017.
Day 4
About a 2-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 1-hour drive
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Day 4

Takamatsu Airport

  • Takamatsu Airport
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