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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.
DAY1 Kansai International Airport→Oboke & Iya Valley→Iya Onsen
DAY2 (Iya Onsen→)Kochi Castle→Hirome Market→Sada Chinkabashi→Ashizuri Onsen Village
DAY3 (Ashizuri Onsen Village→)Tatsukushi Marine Park→Dogo Onsen
DAY4 (Dogo Onsen→)Kotohira-gu Shrine→Takamatsu Airport
START
Kansai International Airport
About a 2.5-hour drive

Tokushima City
About a 2-hour drive
1

Sightseeing in Oboke Gorge & Iya Valley, Tokushima Prefecture

  • Sightseeing in Oboke Gorge & Iya Valley, Tokushima Prefecture
About a 30-minute drive
2

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

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

Kochi City
A short walk
3

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 resember fish with the head of a dragon. Being creatures of the sea, these shachi were seen as guardians proctecting the castle from fire. Learn all about Kochi Castle and its history at the Kochi Castle History Museum, located right across the street from 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.
4

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 2-hour drive
5

Sada Chinkabashi

A peculiar bridge amongst the beauty of the Shimanto River
  • Sada Chinkabashi
  • Sada Chinkabashi
  • Sada Chinkabashi
Chinkabashi are submersible bridges that are designed without side rails to reduce the risk of the bridge being washed away during a flood. These peculiar looking bridges have become a symbol of the Shimanto area, and even seem to fit in to the surrounding natural environment better than a traditional bridge. Though there are many chinkabashi, the longest is the Sada Chinkabashi, the closest to the mouth of the river.

Crossing a bridge without balustrades is a thrilling experience and allows you to better enjoy the beauty of one of Japan's most important rivers. Cycling from the closest station (Nakamura Station) is highly recommended.
About a 1-hour drive
6

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.
About a 30-minute drive
7

Tatsukushi Marine Park

Glass bottom boats and 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 is located on the southernmost coastline of Kochi. Japan's first ever designated Marine Park sees warm waters throughout the year, bringing fish, shellfish and enriching one of Japan's biggest coral reefs. Take a glass-bottom boat tour to enjoy the color and beauty of this part of Kochi's coastline. Completely exposed to the wind and waves of the open ocean, the coast is lined with interesting rock formations.

Within the Marine Park is the Minokoshi Coast - said to have been named by revered Buddhist monk, Kukai, who was unable to see everything the coast had to offer (Minokoshi means left unseen).
About a 3-hour drive
8

Stay in Dogo Onsen

  • Stay in Dogo Onsen
About a 2-hour drive
9

Kotohira-gu Shrine

  • Kotohira-gu Shrine
About a 1-hour drive
10

Takamatsu Airport

  • Takamatsu Airport
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