the smallest of Japan’s four main islands,
and is connected to Honshu by two major bridges and a large number
of ferries which crisscross the beautiful island-dotted waters of
the Inland Sea. Protected as the Inland Sea National Park,
quite a few of the 600 islands are favourite summer beach destinations.
Facing these peaceful waters, the attractive city of Takamatsu,
on the northern coast of Shikoku, is the primary gateway
to the island. The historic Ritsurin Park is thought
to be among the most beautiful in Japan and the mountain top Kotohira
Shrine, approximately one hour away, is very impressive.
Situated to the east is Tokushima, a city well
known for its coastal Naruto Whirlpools and massive
summer Awa Odori dance festival.
Matsuyama, located on the western coast of Shikoku, has
one of Japan’s best-preserved medieval castles. The nearby
Dogo Spa is well known as being among the oldest
Situated on Shikoku’s rugged Pacific southern coast, Kochi
is also known for its castle. The mountainous interior
of the island is still wild and largely unspoilt.
is well known for its pilgrimage circuit
of 88 temples dedicated to Kannon, the
Goddess of Mercy.