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Predominantly still rural, Shikoku remains the least developed and most rarely visited of the four main islands in Japan.

Elements of an altogether older Japan survive here which have all but been forgotten in the more developed regions. You are much more likely to find devout Buddhist pilgims on the island than regular tourists (here can be found what is probably Japan’s most famous Buddhist pilgimage - that of the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku) - which gives the island a unique attraction for those seeking a more traditional Japan.

The island can be conveniently split into northern and southern sections, divided by mountains, with the more industrialised north facing the Seto Naikai (Sea of Japan) eventually giving way to a more rural, warmer south.

Make time to visit the hot springs of Dogo, Matsuyama’s impressive castle and the tranquil Ritsurin-koen in Takamatsu if you are short of time. Those on a more relaxed schedule would be well advised to investigate the interior and the beautiful gorges of Oboke and Konose in the Tsurugi area of eastern Shikoku.

To the south, the city of Kochi has the honour of being the birthplace of many of Japan’s most famous historical figures. The castle here remains the highlight of any visit but the sunny climate and the people themselves make this well worth the detour.

In the southwest corner of Shikoku is Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park, the main attraction of which is Ashizurimisaki (Cape Ashizuri). The focal point amidst the beautiful scenery is a lighthouse which stands on 80m-high cliffs and commands a magnificent view over the Pacific Ocean.

The coastline around Tatsukushi is famous for its coral reefs, which can be seen from glass-bottomed boats.



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