Located southwest of mainland Japan, the Shikoku region is made up of four prefectures: Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, and Kochi. To the north lies the Seto Inland Sea, while the south faces the Pacific Ocean, meaning it has relatively mild winters and gets plenty of rain. It is filled with natural wonders, such as the beautiful islands on the Seto Inland Sea, dynamic terrain, and lush forests. Not only is Shikoku famous for its fruit and vegetable production, but it also has a booming fishing industry, meaning that you can enjoy all kinds of delicious foods throughout the year.
Let us introduce you to Shikoku accommodations nestled right within its grand nature, such as a renovated old private villa near the exceptionally clear Shimanto River and an inn with a stunning view of the small island of Shodoshima on the Seto Inland Sea. We'll also introduce other kinds of lodgings in places like Dogo Onsen, one of Japan's most well-known hot spring resorts, and the secluded Iya Onsen. All the accommodations we introduce, such as private villas and annexes, take proper COVID-19 measures, allowing you to relax in peace as they let you avoid contact with others.
There's a lot of outdoor fun to be had at Shikoku, which is surrounded by the ocean and has a rather mild climate. Let us introduce you to all the ways you can enjoy Shikoku's sea, rivers, and mountains: canoe through the Shimanto River; bicycle or kayak over the Seto Inland Sea, home to a gorgeous splatter of islands; whitewater raft like a pro at the Oboke and Koboke canyons; go diving at Kashiwa Island; and whale watch at Kochi!
Shikoku is home to two national parks. One is Setonaikai National Park, which is the largest national park in all of Japan and has an amazing view of the various islands that make up the Seto Inland Sea. The other one is Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park, which is full of splendor, such as the unique subtropical marine life that populates its waters due to the Kuroshio Current and its vast rias coastline. Come to Shikoku and enjoy the view from one of its observation decks or savor the great outdoors!
The Shikoku Pilgrimage is an 88-temple journey across the Shikoku region that the monk Kobo Daishi (Kukai) is believed to have made back in the Heian Period (794-1185). It spans 1,200 km and is not only walked for religious purposes, but also to enjoy Shikoku's beautiful scenery and unique local foods along the way. There's lots of ways to make and enjoy the trip, which is why even today, many domestic and international tourists make the trip.
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