Top ChoiceBridge in Higashi Iya

Oku Iya Ni-jū Kazura-bashi

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,...

Top ChoiceShinto Shrine in Kotohira

Konpira-san

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...

Top ChoicePark 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...

Top ChoicePublic Art in Higashi Iya

Nagoro

Nagoro

If you're travelling along Rte 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...

Top ChoiceCastle in Kōchi

Kōchi-jō

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,...

Top ChoiceBuddhist 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...

Top ChoiceCastle in Matsuyama

Matsuyama-jō

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...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Zentsuji

Temple 75: Zentsū-ji

Zentsū-ji, Temple 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...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Naruto

Temple One: Ryōzen-ji

Temple One: Ryōzen-ji

Ryōzen-ji is Temple One of the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku pilgrimage. It is called Temple One because it was the first that temple pilgrims came to after arriving on Shikoku following a visit to Kōya-san in...

Top ChoiceBuddhist 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...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Kanonji

Temple 66: Unpen-ji

Unpen-ji, aptly meaning 'Temple of the Surrounding Clouds', 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...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Uchiko

Yōkaichi Historic District

Uchiko's picturesque and protected main street has a number of interesting buildings, many of which now serve as museums, souvenir stalls, craft shops, accommodation and charming teahouses. The old buildings...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Yashima

Shikoku-mura

About 500m north of Yashima station, Shikoku-mura is an excellent village museum that houses old buildings transported here from all over Shikoku and neighbouring islands. The village's fine kabuki stage came...

Top ChoiceCastle in Marugame

Marugame-jō

This small castle dates from 1597. It took five years to build and is one of only 12 castles in Japan to have its original wooden donjon intact. It's known for its exquisite stone walls, moat and 1000 cherry...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Hiwasa

Sea Turtle Museum Caretta

Dedicated to sea turtles, the museum's name – Caretta – comes from the scientific name for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Inside, there's a lot of turtle info, small tanks and a hatchery with baby turtles aged up to...

Top ChoiceDance in Tokushima

Awa-odori Matsuri

The Awa-odori is the largest bon dance in Japan. Each evening men, women and children take to the streets to dance to the samba-like rhythm of the theme song ‘Awa Yoshikono’, accompanied by the sounds of shamisen...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kōchi

Kōchi Castle Museum of History

This new museum (opened in 2017), celebrating the history of Kōchi castle, is an architectural achievement in its own right. Entry is free to the museum shop (1st floor) and to the 2nd floor cafe and terrace –...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Shimanto City

Sanzenkai

The three kanji characters that make up this classy restaurant's name say it all – mountain, river, sea. Out at the spectacular Iyashi-no-sato eco-hotel, Sanzenkai uses locally sourced seasonal ingredients to...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Matsuyama

Kappō Yano

Yano-san and his family have been serving traditional meals at their popular seafood place a block back from APA Hotel for more than 30 years. Choose from his chef's omakase courses from ¥3000, or go for a...

Top ChoiceBrewery in Tokushima & the Anan Coast

Rise & Win Brewing Co. BBQ & General Store

Got to love this place. Everything at Rise & Win's brewery restaurant in Kamikatsu is recycled from old town buildings, from the incredible spectacle of framed windows that make up the building's facade to...