Relatively undiscovered, Shikoku lets you enjoy seasonal colors in peace and tranquillity. It is a place for natural exploration and religious understanding as it is home to the 88 temples of the famous Buddhist pilgrimage of Shikoku. The dramatic mountain scenery of the Iya Valley, beautiful coastlines and towering gorges beckon to be explored on foot.
The soaring gorges and lofty mountains of the Iya Valley are the perfect place to immerse yourself in natural beauty; make the most of it on a hike. Relax with a dip in one of Japan’s famous hot springs (onsen) and then while the evening hours away eating local Udon noodles. Shikoku is the perfect place to hike, canoe and climb in a remote and wild environment, including a nature trail that ambles alongside the Nametoko Canyon’s crystal clear river. This little island is our top choice in Japan for travelers who like to explore the untrodden.
Shimanami Kaido, Shikoku Island, Japan
Offering an immersive guest experience, Azumi Setoda delivers a contemporary take on a traditional Japanese ryokan. Expect high end meditative design, hyper-local cuisine, exquisite interiors, and impeccable service on an island best known for cycling.
Hotel Iya Onsen
Iya Valley, Japan
Located in the remote Iya Valley, Hotel Iya Onsen offers a serene and authentic Japanese experience in a beautiful setting, including hot springs, Japanese-style rooms and fantastic valley views.
JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu
A fresh and well-located city hotel with plentiful dining options and modern rooms, JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu is a great option for families or couples looking for a centrally located hotel in Takamatsu.
Inspired by history and nature, Kotohira Kadan is set in beautiful gardens in Kotohira. Offering a quintessentially Japanese welcome, this friendly ryokan offers upmarket accommodation with a traditional twist.
Shikoku Island, Japan
Built by famed Japanese architect Tadao Ando, this seven-suite boutique hotel is infused with pared back luxury and refinement. With magnificent views over the Seto Inland Sea, relax by the infinity pool or book the indoor pool, for a private swim.
Iya Valley, Shikoku, Japan
Located in the hamlet of Ochiai in East Iya Valley at the edge of the winding land in the deep mountain, Tougenkyo-Iya offers an authentic rural Japan farmhouse experience with stunning views.