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Best of Shikoku Taxi Tour

6 Days

This tour takes in all four prefectures of Shikoku in five days, visiting the most well-known sights. You might imagine that the popular places will be crowded, but Shikoku is a big place and even the famous spots can be enjoyed in peace and quiet.

You visit castles, gardens, temples, and shrines. You get to commune with nature, and eat fresh produce in local markets. There are opportunities for learning and hands-on experiences in museums and workshops.

We stay in a variety of accommodation, including onsen ryokan and modern hotels. Each of the prefectures has its own culinary culture, and you can enjoy a range of different food and sake. You can read more about the Shikoku food in our blog post, A Guide to Shikoku Cuisine. For sake, see Shikoku Sake.

Who is this tour for?

This tour is for those who like to travel with a guide and a small group of like-minded people. It’s for people who want to find out what Shikoku is all about without spending a full week doing so. The tour makes a good introduction to Shikoku (and Japan for that matter). Some of the attractions can only be accessed by walking up steep slopes or steps, so you’ll need to be reasonably fit. The onsen ryokan accommodation has ensuite toilets and baths, but if you want to use the public baths, you need to be OK with getting naked with strangers.

Price

Prices shown are per person

With 2 people: ¥488,000
With 4 people: ¥299,000
With 6 people: ¥258,000

Accommodation is 1 room for 2 people. Additional charge for 1 room per person: ¥60,000

Day 01 :

You arrive in Matsuyama by air, rail, or bus and check into your hotel.

Day 02 :

The tour starts in Matsuyama with a visit to Matsuyama Castle. After enjoying the view from the top of the keep, you drive to Uchiko. Here you explore the fascinating Uchiko-za Theatre with its wooden stage machinery and the palatial former home of a candle merchant. From here, you drive south to the great Shimanto River, where you stay at a ryokan.

Day 03 :

Today you take a covered boat and glide over the reflective water of the Shimanto River. You stop to walk over some of the picturesque submersible bridges that cross the river at intervals. Then you visit the pretty port town of Kure with its nostalgic fish market where you eat lunch, before visiting a local sake brewery to learn about brewing and to enjoy a tasting. At Ino on the Niyodo River, you learn about the traditional craft of papermaking, and the modern uses of washi paper. You end the day in Kōchi, at the lively Hirome Market where you select from a wide choice of local dishes and sake.

Day 04 :

Your first stop is Katsurahama Beach on the Pacific Ocean with its statue of Sakamoto Ryōma gazing into the distance. Then you visit pilgrimage Temple No. 31, Chikurin-ji, set in a beautiful Japanese garden. Next, you head north into Tokushima where you take a boat through the Ōboke Gorge and walk over the swaying vine bridge of Iya Valley. You stay at an onsen perched on the valley slope with a fantastic outdoor onsen.

Day 05 :

From Iya, you drive through the mountains to Kotohira in Kagawa, to climb the many steps up to Konpira Shrine. You make our own lunch of udon noodles, then head to Ritsurin Garden where the samurai lords of Takamatsu once took their leisure. Here you enjoy tea overlooking the lake. Your accommodation is a modern hotel in Takamatsu.

Day 06 :

The big tabletop mountain visible from Takamatsu is Yashima, site of a pilgrimage temple and a battle in the ancient Genpei War. After enjoying the sights and views of Yashima, you drive to Naruto and take a boat out into the whirlpool under the Naruto Straits Bridge. Then you head to Tokushima city where the tour ends.

Included

  • Private vehicle
  • English-speaking driver (see the FAQ tab)
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Basic insurance (see the FAQ tab)

Not included

  • Travel to and from Shikoku
  • Drinks
  • Comprehensive personal insurance (see the FAQ tab)
Are there vegetarian options?

Not really. Japanese cooking is based on fish stock, and the Japanese love their fish and meat. On this tour, you stay in traditional Japanese accommodation that is proud of its cuisine, especially the fish. For breakfast and dinner, it is possible to ask for ‘largely’ vegetarian food, but no guarantees are offered. You can generally find vegetarian options for lunch, but with limited choice.

What's your cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy is as follows;

  • Cancelled more than 21 days prior to start: No charge
  • Cancelled between 20 and 8 days prior to start: 20% of the total fee
  • Cancelled between 7 days and 48 hours prior to start: 30% of the total fee
  • Cancelled between 48 and 24 hours prior to start: 40% of the total fee
  • Cancelled within 24 hours of start: 50% of the total fee
  • Cancelled on the day of start or failure to show: 100% of the total fee
  • No refunds will be given after the tour has commenced.

What are your payment terms?

When you book a tour, we ask for a 10% deposit, with the balance to be paid a month before the start of the tour. You can pay by credit card or bank transfer.

What does the English-speaking driver do?

The English-speaking driver will drive, help with check-in, and offer advice on the smooth operation of your tour. This allows you the peace of mind that you won’t encounter a situation where you’re alone and helpless. However, the driver doesn’t provide guide services. If you want a guided tour, please let us know and we’ll provide a guide.

What is the 'basic insurance' mentioned in Inclusions?

When you purchase a tour from Shikoku Tours, we automatically enrol you in basic travel insurance as a legal requirement. The insurance pays out up to 300 million yen per incident. We also have insurance to cover our bicycle operations. Although we enrol you in basic travel insurance, you should still purchase your own general travel insurance in case our coverage is insufficient.

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