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 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 carpark. This is where Kōbō Daishi was born, and the temple boasts a magnificent five-storey pagoda and gi…
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. Hangin…
Top Choice Mountain in Tokushima

Bizan

At the foot of Bizan, the 280m-high summit at the southwestern end of Shinmachibashi-dōri, Awa Odori Kaikan features extensive exhibits relating to the Awa-odori Matsuri and dance. The dance is performed at 2pm, 3pm…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kanonji

Temple 66: Unpen-ji

With a name meaning 'Temple of the Surrounding Clouds', Unpen-ji is the highest of the 88 Temples at 900m. Surprisingly, it actually sits in Tokushima Prefecture, although it's more or less right on the Kagawa Prefe…