Shikoku is the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, but for all that it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in activities and attractions. For those seeking the country’s great outdoors, this is the place to be.
With a mountainous interior to explore and a 1,200-kilometre Buddhist pilgrimage route that encircles the island and demands to be trekked. Honouring Kukai, a monk from the eighth-century, there are 88 temples to discover on the long and winding path. Ticking them off one at a time is an immense challenge indeed.
With countless inland hiking trails and white water rapids to explore, there’s no shortage of things to do here, but Shikoku isn’t just for the active and the adventurous. Take a trip to Matsuyama, where a fascinating castle awaits, or kick back and relax at the ancient hot springs at Dogo Onsen, the choice is yours.