icone-6Tour of the four provinces

Duration: 12 days/11 nights
Stages: Ôsaka (KIX) – Iya – Kochi – Susaki – Ashizuri – Uwajima – Matsuyama – Kishiwada – Ôsaka (KIX)

Exile in nature and city with southern flair

For a long time, Shikoku was home to exiles. Dignitaries, who truly feared for these lives, once sought refuge in remote areas, such as the Iya Valley. Following a detour to this green paradise, you will visit Kochi, home of the Japanese revolutionaries and the cultural centre of Shikoku.

En route to the cape at “Land’s End”

Along Tosa Bay (Tosa is the old name for Kochi), you will discover wonderful seascapes as well as the delicacies of south Shikoku. This is followed by a trip into the mountains of the neighbouring Ehime Prefecture before you leave for Cape Ashizuri, the southernmost and untamed tip of the island.

Licentiousness, hot springs and charms of days gone by

Uwajima, at the heart of the Ehime Prefecture, is famous for its bullfights and its unusual fertility shrine. After this exciting visit, you will travel to Matsuyama, the capital of Ehime and important port of the Seto Inland Sea. Relax in the baths at Dogo Onsen before briefly travelling back in time to the Meiji period in Uchiko, once a prosperous centre of wax production.


Difficulty Level

Important information

  • I offer typically tours during the spring (15.03 to 31.05) and autumn (30.09 to 30.11). I do not travel to Japan during the summer because it’s too hot and rainy. I have also decided not to offer tours during the winter – traditional Japanese houses do not have central heating and I don’t want my customers to freeze.
  • The difficulty level is calculated for active travellers who are physically fit and enjoy walking/hiking.
  • For more detailed information about the Japanese accommodation system as well as further peculiarities unique to the “Land of the Rising Sun”, please refer to our brochure Tips for Travellers to Japan.
Photo credits
Most of the photos that appear in this description are the property of Fukuchan Ryoko Olivier Baubrand. All rights reserved.
A few photos, however, has been taken from Wikipedia Commons. They are titled “Wikipedia” and are subject to the licence CC BY-SA 3.0.
Owners of the rights: Cape Ashizuri © Muramasa, Matsuyama © Urashimataro, Otonashi-Jinja © Reggaeman, Uwajima-Jo © Vickerman 625, Oketsu-Pass © As6673.

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