The Shikoku Region四国地区
The smallest of Japan’s major islands, Shikoku is best known for its 88-temple pilgrimage route, Meiji-era modernising historic figures, and its stunning scenery. Wonderful as a retreat from crowded, urban Japan, even its prefectural capitals have a gentle, friendly feel, with feudal castles and local eateries perfect for visitors to enjoy. Shikoku is connected to Honshu by three long bridges, including the series of double deck bridges collectively known as the Great Seto Bridge, which link Okayama and Kagawa prefectures. Encompassing four prefectures, the island is also known for its unique and wildly popular festivals, such as the Yosakoi Festival and the Awa-Odori dance festival in summer.