Shikoku attractions

Top Choice Bridge in Higashi Iya

Oku Iya Ni-jū Kazura-bashi

Away from the crowds and tour buses, the spectacular Oku Iya Ni-jū Kazura-bashi are two secluded vine bridges hanging side by side high over the river. Cross one and come back over the other. A self-propelled, two-s…
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Kotohira

Konpira-san

Konpira-san or, more formally, Kotohira-gū, was originally a Buddhist and Shintō temple dedicated to the guardian of mariners. It became exclusively a Shintō shrine after the Meiji Restoration.A lot of fuss is made …
Top Choice Park in Takamatsu

Ritsurin-kōen

One of the most beautiful gardens in the country, Ritsurin-kōen dates from the mid-1600s and took more than a century to complete. Designed as a walking garden for the enjoyment of the daimyō (regional lord), the pa…
Top Choice Public Art in Higashi Iya

Nagoro

If you're travelling along Route 439, it's not a matter of 'blink and you'll miss it', but blink, and blink again, because you may have a hard time believing your eyes when you hit Nagoro. Those 'people' – waiting a…
Top Choice Castle in Kōchi

Kōchi-jō

Kōchi-jō is one of just a dozen castles in Japan to have survived with its original tenshu-kaku (keep) intact. The castle was originally built during the first decade of the 17th century by Yamanouchi Katsutoyo, who…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Hiwasa

Temple 23: Yakuō-ji

The major attraction of Hiwasa, Yakuō-ji, Temple 23, is the last temple in Tokushima Prefecture. Yakuō-ji dates back to the year 726, and is famous as a yakuyoke-no-tera (a temple with special powers to ward off ill…
Top Choice Castle in Matsuyama

Matsuyama-jō

Perched on top of Mt Katsuyama in the centre of town, the castle dominates the city, as it has for centuries. Matsuyama-jō is one of Japan's finest surviving castles, and one of the very few with anything interestin…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Zentsuji

Temple 75: Zentsū-ji

Zentsū-ji, number 75 of the sacred 88, is the largest of the temples – most of the other 87 could fit in its car park. This is where Kōbō Daishi was born, and the temple boasts a magnificent five-storey pagoda and g…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Naruto

Temple One: Ryōzen-ji

Ryōzen-ji is Temple One of the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku pilgrimage. It is Temple One as it was the first temple pilgrims came to after arriving on Shikoku by boat after visiting Kōya-san in Wakayama Prefecture t…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ehime Prefecture

Temple 45: Iwaya-ji

Pilgrims will be hoofing it through Shikoku's mountainous interior to get here, but you'll want your own wheels if you're not a henro to get to the isolated, but extremely atmospheric Temple 45, the Iwaya-ji. Its cl…