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Shikoku Travel Guide

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Plan Your Shikoku Vacation

Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, isn’t somewhere many tourists manage to visit. The island is mountainous and mostly rural, but what Shikoku lacks in urban adventure it makes up for in an abundance of natural beauty, unique traditions, and enthusiastic hospitality.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Get off the concrete Discover Shikoku's natural charms by rafting, hiking, walking, and swimming. Best of all, bicycle across the Seto Inland Sea on a series of island-hopping bridges.
  2. Get your hands dirty Try a martial art, make soba noodles, dye fabrics, and learn a two-step in time for the summer dances.
  3. Get down, get funky Festivals mark every weekend between April and October leading up to the biggest dance festivals in the nation—Yosakoi and Awa Odori.
  4. Get personal Encounter Shikoku’s legendary hospitality first-hand.
  5. Get real Shikoku may well be the closest a tourist can get to "the real Japan," with its time-forgotten towns like Uchiko, unique landmarks like Dogo Onsen and Kompira-san, and acres of rice.

When To Go

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