Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing, natural wonders and an ancient pilgrimage route
Shikoku might be the smallest of Japan's four major islands, but it packs a big natural and cultural punch. It boasts picturesque coastline on the glittering Seto Inland Sea, legendary udon noodles, movie-inspiring onsen, the first step on the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage and a summer stage for Japan to dance. It also provides the setting for Japanese literary giant Natsume Soseke's classic, "Botchan." If you're looking to delve into a more traditional Japan, it's time to explore vibrant Shikoku.
- Move your feet to the beats of the Awa Odori Festival
- Sample the famous udon noodles of Kagawa
- Kochi Castle, one of only 12 castles in Japan with its original keep
- Take the first steps of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage at temple number one, Ryozenji, in Tokushima
- Relax in the hot waters of Dogo Onsen, famous hot springs that inspired anime powerhouse Studio Ghibli