The town of Uchiko, known for its streets of well-preserved historic buildings, museums and stylish eateries, holds a Lantern Festival each year in mid-September.
The town of Uchiko is known for its streets of well-preserved historic buildings but the countryside around hides covered bridges in numerous valleys and even on the tops of mountains. They span little streams and ponds with an ineffable rustic charm.
Out of the twelve surviving castles from the Edo period, four of them are located in Shikoku – Marugame, Matsuyama, Uwajima and Kochi. Shikoku also has many castle ruins, as well as restored castles.
The Muroto Peninsula forms the southwest part of Shikoku, coming to an acute point in the Pacific Ocean. It has very interesting geology.
Dōgo is a part of Matsuyama, known for Dōgo Onsen, which is said to be the hot spring with the longest history of use by humans in Japan.
Across Japan, kominka houses – some dating back more than 300 years – are being converted into holiday homes, complete with paper partitions, tatami rooms and a full Japanese breakfast.
The Niyodo River is one of the three major rivers of Shikoku. It rises in the mountains of central Shikoku, running southeastward through Kochi and flowing into the Pacific at Tosa city.