Best hotels and hostels in Shikoku

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kōchi Prefecture

    Kaiyu Inn

    Fluent English-speaking owner Mitsu has redesigned a concrete 1960s edifice, originally built by his father, into an intriguing contemporary retreat. Each self-contained apartment has been designed either by Mitsu or a range of emerging Japanese architects. Coupled with Mitsu's keen aesthetic eye and extensive designer-furniture collection, the results are spaces worthy of magazine covers, each with Pacific Ocean views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Uwajima

    Kiya Ryokan

    A rare opportunity to rent an entire house where literary greats have stayed, Kiya Ryokan offers a compelling reason for an Uwajima stop. Though not a traditional ryokan experience – no in-house staff or elaborate kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) dinners – it is uniquely modern and appealing. Best enjoyed by, and most economical for, groups (the house sleeps up to eight).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Higashi Iya

    Chiiori

    Chiiori is a once-abandoned, 18th-century, thatched-roof farmhouse that has been painstakingly restored towards its original brilliance. Glistening red-pine floorboards surround open-floor hearths under soaring rafters. Shōji (movable screens), antique furnishings and irori (traditional hearths) are complemented by a gleaming, fully-equipped modern kitchen, a gorgeous bathroom and a washing machine. Chiiori sleeps up to 10.

  • Lodging in Ōboke & Koboke

    Ku-Nel-Asob

    Four simple, attractive tatami rooms are available in this near-century-old house, perched on a beautiful bluff overlooking the river. Meals here are vegan and served family-style. Since the house doesn't have a bath, the friendly English-speaking owners provide transfers and entry to a local onsen. Reservations must be made at least three days in advance; reserve earlier if you can.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Matsuyama

    Dōgo Yaya

    Easy on the eyes and the budget, Dōgo Yaya is aesthetically pleasing as well as a smashing deal. The 68 rooms of various layouts are models of clean, contemporary style infused with traditional Japanese elements: raised tatami platforms for the cushy Western beds, sliding shōji -type doors and wood-slat embellishments. No onsen, but guests receive discounted entry to nearby Dōgo Onsen.

  • Lodging in Marugame

    Co-machi-no-ie

    These two historic houses are along the old henro trail. One house has traditional bones and tatami rooms featuring original ornamental woodwork. The neighbouring Shōwa-period house is a complete contrast, with a blocky, minimalist exterior – its interior is a beautiful fusion of Japanese and Western styles, with unusually high ceilings, original Japanese details and contemporary furnishings. Book through the website.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Shishikui

    Pavilion Surf & Lodge

    This place only has basic surfer accommodation, but all are welcome. Rooms are simple, with beds, air-con and nothing else. Shared male and female bathroom facilities and a kitchen occupy other buildings. That said, this is a great place for budget travellers. The friendly and enthusiastic owners speak English, having lived in Hawaii.

  • Lodging in Higashi Iya

    Iyashi no Onsen-kyō

    Off the main road between Kyōjō and the Higashi Iya vine bridges is this lovely and unpretentious hotel and hot-springs complex, with Japanese- and Western-style rooms, an onsen and a restaurant. A smattering of Japanese-language skills would be helpful here. Nonguests can eat at the attractive restaurant. They also run an intriguing 4.6km monorail up into the mountains.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tokushima

    Sakura-sō

    The delightful owner readily welcomes foreigners to her charming place, which has a dozen large, good-value tatami rooms. There's free wi-fi, laundry facilities, parking and baggage storage at this budget bonanza right opposite the tracks, a few blocks east of the train station, just before the NHK TV tower. Get someone to call and book for you.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Takamatsu

    Guest House Wakabaya

    Wakabaya's many pluses include an English-speaking owner, reasonable rates, clean rooms and bathroom facilities, a living room and a kitchen, a washing machine (¥100), free parking, wi-fi and bicycle rental (per day ¥500); they'll even keep baggage for you. Best of all, it's a super-friendly place to stay. It's a five-minute walk from Hanazono Station on the Kotoden Nagao line.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kōchi

    Kochi Youth Hostel

    Sitting along a canal near Engyōjiguchi (円行寺口) Station, this immaculate wood-panelled hostel has simple, comfortable rooms and a welcoming, homely vibe. Spring for the excellent-value ¥400 breakfast. The friendly, English-speaking host Kondo Tomio is a former sake company rep and offers sake-sampling courses for ¥500. Find detailed directions in English on the website.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kōchi

    Richmond Hotel

    Kōchi's top business hotel has the spotless, modern rooms and professional service expected for accommodation of this class, plus it's located just off the main shopping arcade in the heart of the city. Parking (¥700 per day) is a short distance off-site, but the hotel's convenient location puts you in walking distance of restaurants, bars and city attractions.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ikumi

    Ikumi White Beach Hotel

    This clean, laid-back Ikumi beachfront hotel has Japanese- and Western-style rooms more or less right on the beach. Fall out the door and into the waves. You'll need to bring your own towels. Inexpensive restaurant Olu-Olu is part of the complex and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's plenty of parking.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Uchiko

    Uchikobare Guesthouse & Bar

    This lovely spot in a totally refurbished building right on Uchiko's Yōkaichi main street provides the town's cheapest accommodation with both mixed and women-only dorm rooms and a private room with a shared bathroom. It's impressively done, with welcoming English-speaking hosts and a gorgeous tatami-mat cafe and bar in operation from 1pm-10pm.

  • Lodging in Nishi Iya

    Guesthouse & Cafe Yoki

    A great new budget option in Nishi Iya, this guesthouse and cafe sit right next to the eastern side of the bridge over the Iya-gawa on Route 45 from Ōboke. Lovely little cafe downstairs where guests can eat (also open to the public from 11am to 4pm) and Japanese-style rooms upstairs. Laundry, kitchen, wi-fi and a friendly, relaxed welcome.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nishi Iya

    Hotel Iya Onsen

    If you've got the funds, this is the place to stay. Extremely foreigner-friendly with a multilingual website, a mix of tatami and Western-style rooms, spectacular meals in a restaurant overlooking the gorge, plus onsen baths at hotel level and rotemburo that are close to river level and reached by a cable car (free for guests).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Shimanto City

    Shimanto-no-yado Iyashi-no-sato

    Describing itself as a 'resort-type ecology hotel', this lovely spot out on a hill near Shimoda Port at the mouth of Shimanto-gawa features beautiful, individually designed rooms, superb meals and an onsen that is also open to nonguests (¥680). Iyashi-no-sato is well worth the price; it's best if you have your own wheels to get here.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Uchiko

    Nakahaga Residence Guesthouse

    Uchiko has some gorgeous traditional places to stay and the Nakahaga Residence on Yōkaichi tops the list. This stylish, remodelled storehouse is a classic and feels like a step back in time to the Edo period. It only has the one lodging room with twin beds. No meals on offer, but there are plenty of places to eat nearby.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Naruto

    Seaside Hotel Taimaru Kaigetsu

    Just south of Naruto Park, this ryokan has spotless Japanese- and Western-style rooms, most with a view of the sea and Naruto Bridge. There's an excellent onsen-with-a-view on the top floor, a good restaurant on the ground floor, and free parking. This is a great spot to stay if you have a rental car and are exploring.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tokushima

    Hotel Clement Tokushima

    Part of Tokushima Station building, the luxurious Hotel Clement boasts 18 floors and 250 comfortable, spacious, Western-style rooms. Although it's more expensive than other business hotels, it's the top hotel in town and the extra yen buys you a slew of amenities including a spa and a range of restaurants and bars.