Shikoku is the 4th largest island of Japan and located between the Pacific Ocean and the Seto Inland Sea. If you want to explore a more rural Japan and immerse yourself into the culture and nature of Japan, don’t hesitate to take one of our best Shikoku tours which offer an abundance of great attractions including pristine Ritsurin Park, art culture, delicious gourmet, and hot springs in Matsuyama City or Takamatsu City.
Shikoku Quick Facts
Shikoku is the smallest & least populated of the 4 major islands in Japan. Much of the inland area of Shikoku is impenetrable & densely forested mountains.
You will find it easy to enjoy the beauty of ancient temples, old farmhouses and vine bridges in Shikoku. Besides, this is a paradise for many amazing hot springs, especially in Matsuyama City or Takamatsu City.
Shikoku is also famous for its 1,200 km 88 Temple Pilgrimage where you can discover on foot or bicycles to have a glimpse of the culture of Japan.
This name of this island translates as “four provinces” as it is divided into 4 main districts which are Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime and Kochi.
In 2015, Shikoku has a population of around 3,845,534 people in a total area of around 18,800 square kilometres (7,300 sq mi).
The best time to visit Shikoku is from May to October. During this time, the temperature is quite warm and just oscillate in a scale of 21°C to 29°C. The highest temperature is in August with 29°C, while the lowest temperature is 9°C in January. Shikoku is very excellent for summer vacation. Besides that, Shikoku has rain all months throughout the year, but the rainfall reaches highest in June.
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