This course takes you to Takamatsu, Matsuyama and Hiroshima, the main cities of Chūgoku and Shikoku.
Enjoy the different attractions of Takamatsu, gateway to Shikoku, Matsuyama with its castle and onsen, and Hiroshima, a city with two World Heritage Sites.
Cycling the Shimanami Kaidō is a great way to enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Seto Inland Sea.
4 nights and 5 days from Kansai International Airport
Kansai International Airport
About 1 hour and 20 minutes by JR Kansai Airport Line
JR Shin-Ōsaka Station
About 2 hours by Tōkaidō and San’yō Shinkansen + Seto Ōhashi Bridge Line (change at Okayama Okayama Station)
JR Takamatsu Station
About 30 minutes’ walk or using rental cycle is also recommended
(You can rent a bicycle in the underground cycle port in front of the station.
It takes about 10 minutes to Ritsurin Garden by bicycle.)
01. Ritsurin Garden
Japan’s most extensive garden, it’s designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty.
Around the garden are flowers that blossom from season to season including plum, cherry, iris, lotus, maple and camellia.
Why not take a punt around the lakes?
Listening to the explanation by the guide is a great way to enjoy the garden.
02. Sanuki udon tour
Sanuki udon is the soul food of the people of Kagawa Prefecture.
It’s characterized by a particularly firm texture. There are over 700 restaurants in the prefecture.
Many visitors from around Japan come here to try various udon.