Shikoku broadly follows Japan’s climatic pattern with August being the hottest month and mid-winter cooling things right down in January, although the island is known for having milder weather year-round. Rainfall can be higher on Shikoku than other areas of the country. The spring months of March to May are good for hiking, as is the autumn, particularly October. These are the classic pilgrimage times and seasonal colours are at their best with cherry blossom in the spring and golden hues in the autumn.
Bay Resort is a modern seaside hotel in a prime location on Shodoshima Island. Benefiting from a range of outdoor leisure facilities, it also acts as a fantastic base for exploring.
Take a Teshima city tour which includes the Dan-yama Observation tower, Karato Freshwater Spring and the Teshima Art Museum. Lunch is enjoyed at Shima Kitchen. Lastly, head to Les Archives du Coeur for an interesting take on art.
Embark on a moderate hike to Mount Tsurgi, a mountain at the eastern end of the Iya Valley and the second tallest mountain in Shikoku.
Start the day with a visit to Kotohira-gu, a Shinto Shrine and pilgrimage site before heading to Kanamaru-za Old Theatre.
Take a ferry ride to the island of Naoshima and be amazed by the unique art collection of Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum, the Art House Project, Naoshima Pavillion and the various outdoor artworks including Yayoi Kusama’s beloved pumpkins.
Find out more about sake making process as you embark on a tour of Morikuni Shuzo Sake Brewery, the only sake brewery on Shodoshima. Enjoy a tasting of the local sake.
Join a Sanuki udon making class and learn how to make this popular dish, the soul food of Kagawa prefecture.
Visit the film site of a famous 1954 Japanese movie '24 Eyes’ before finishing the day with a visit to a Somen noodle making house.
Located in the south of Shodoshima Island, the Bay Resort Hotel is easily accessed by car ferry or high speed boat. Olive Beach is 15-minutes away by car, whilst the stunning Kankakei Gorge is within a 35-minute drive.
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Iya Valley, Japan
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