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The highlight of the Shikoku area is Dogo Onsen, the setting of Natsume Soseki’s novel Botchan. There are also exemplary castles and shrines where you can experience Japanese history. In addition, please rest your mind and body amidst the beautiful natural setting of the Shimanto-gawa River, said to be Japan’s last clear stream. And create delicious memories savoring Shikoku’s signature gourmet dishes Taimeshi (sea bream with rice) and Sanuki Udon noodles. An experience aboard a retro-modern sightseeing train will make your journey even more fun.
Iyo-Ozu, also called the “Little Kyoto of Iyo,” is a beautiful town nestled among the mountains with the clear Hiji River flowing through it. Having flourished as a castle town in the past, the beautiful streets of Iyo-Ozu are lined with historic buildings dating back hundreds of years. Visitors can also enjoy rickshaw tours of the town and a day trip to nearby hot springs.
Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku is an appealingly historic spot associated with Japanese literature and its luminaries. Add an extra page to your book of amazing travel memories with Matsuyama’s unique experiences, including Dogo Onsen, Matsuyama Castle, and local gourmet food.
From Tosa-Yamada Station in Kochi Prefecture, why not experience the world of Takashi Yanase, the creator of the popular Anpanman character? Additionally, you cannot miss Ryugado Cave and Todoro Waterfall, where the mystery and grandeur of nature are inescapable.
Kochi is famous as the birth place of Ryoma Sakamoto, one of the most popular historic figures of Japan. The Ryoma Sakamoto statue that stands on Katsurahama Beach and Kochi Castle, with its original keep from the Edo period, are must-sees. Enjoy Kochi local cuisine, such as seared bonito, at Hirome Market.
The Tokushima area refers to the capital of Tokushima Prefecture, one of the four prefectures of Shikoku, and the area around it. No matter what, you do not want to miss the Awa Odori held here. This festival takes place once a year, but you can enjoy it all year round in Awa Odori Festival Hall. It is also worth seeing this area’s stunning natural beauty, including Mt. Bizan and the Naruto whirlpools .
The highlight of Oboke and Iya, located roughly in the center of Shikoku, is the charming beauty of the ravine that changes with the four seasons. It is recommended to see the cliffs of the Oboke Ravine up close in a pleasure boat. When visiting Iya, it is fun to keep in mind that it is the setting for the Heike Ochudo Densetsu, a legend in which the defeated samurai of the Heike Clan fled to the valley.
In Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, you can enjoy traditional Japanese natural scenery that is beautiful throughout the four seasons, including the popular Ritsurin Garden. Also, don’t miss the local specialty of Sanuki Udon noodles that can be savored in a variety of different styles.
Shimanto on the island of Shikoku is home to the Shimanto-gawa River, known as Japan’s last clear stream. Here, you can create unforgettable memories in Japan with experiences like seeing traditional fishing and watersports amidst the grandeur of nature.
Trains through Shikoku
Experience the food and culture of Shikoku while enjoying spectacular scenery on a sightseeing train
Dosan Line Anpanman Train
A train of children’s dreams traveling through Shikoku
TOSA DREAM VOYAGE EXPRESS
Gaze on dynamic scenes of nature and enjoy Tosa-style hospitality
A train named after a feature of Tokushima Prefecture
Shikoku Mannaka Sennen Monogatari
Enjoy an outing on a sightseeing train and take in Shikoku’s nature and culture!
Tetsudo Hobby Train
Designed after the 0-series shinkansen, the inspiration for Japan’s classic model train
Shiokaze and Ishizuchi（8600-Series）
A steam-locomotive-inspired, futuristic express train