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Shikoku
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Shikoku is 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 in Japan.

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.

Shikoku is well known for its pilgrimage circuit of 88 temples dedicated to Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy.