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Shikoku, which literally means “four countries”, got its name from the four provinces that made up the island in the past: Awa, Iyo, Sanuki, and Tosa. It has a population of approximately 4.1 million and consists of four prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima. Shikoku is divided into northern and southern sub-regions by mountains, with most of the population residing in the north. Shikoku is famous for its Shikoku Pilgrimage, the 88 temple pilgrimage of Shikoku by Buddhist monks. The Shikoku region is also famous for its variety of noodle dishes including the Sanuki udon.
Tokushima is best known for its Awa Odori, the most famous dance festival in Japan during Obon season. Every summer, over 1 million tourists from all over Japan gather to watch the famous dance.
Where To Go In Tokushima
Unique sight created by water movement between high and low tides
The Iya Valley region is one of the large
Capital of Tokushima Prefecture; origin of Awa Odori
Kagawa Prefecture is located in the Shikoku region and is the smallest prefecture in Japan. In its capital Takamatsu City is Ritsurin Koen, a beautiful landscape garden.
Where To Go In Kagawa
Capital of Kagawa Prefecture; home to Ritsurin-koen, Japan's largest garden
One of the best gardens in Japan
Famous for Kompirasan, Shikoku's most popular shrine
84th of 88 temples of Shikoku PIlgrimage
Ehime Prefecture is located in the Shikoku region and its capital Matsuyama City is home to the famous Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Onsen.
Where To Go In Ehime
Center of Ehime; Home to Matsuyama Castle
51st of the 88 temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage
Japan's oldest and most famous hot spring
Small historic city, situated deep inside Uwajima Bay
Kochi Castle dominates the center of the city, and Harimaya-bashi Bridge is famous for its red lacquer railings, which are retained to this day.
Where To Go In Kochi
Famous for its rock formations and fossils of footprints
Cape in Shikoku part of Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park featuring 80 m high cliffs
Scenic beach with Ryoma Sakamoto statue
Forty Thousand and Ten River