Dogo Onsen Honkan in Matsuyama

 

Ehime Prefecture is located on the northwestern corner of Shikoku, facing Hiroshima Prefecture across the Seto Inland Sea, and Kyushu across a strip of sea called Uwakai. It can be reached from Honshu by road via the Shimanami Kaido, by ferry from Hiroshima, and by air. There are also ferry links to Kyushu.

Katsurahama Beach in Kochi

 

Kochi Prefecture occupies most of the southern half of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. It can be reached from Honshu only by road and rail through the other prefectures of Shikoku. There’s also a ferry link to Kyushu from Sukumo.

Awa Odori dance in Tokushima

 

Tokushima Prefecture is located on the eastern central side of Shikoku, facing Okayama Prefecture across the Kii Channel. It can be reached from Honshu by road via the Akashi Channel Bridge, by ferry from Wakayama and by air.

Kagawa's udon noodles

 

Kagawa Prefecture is located on the northeastern corner of Shikoku, facing Okayama Prefecture across the Seto Inland Sea. It can be reached from Honshu by road via the Seto Ohashi Bridge, by ferry from Okayama, Kobe and Osaka, and by air. Kagawa has the distinction of being Japan’s smallest prefecture.

 

Most first-time visitors to Japan stick to a predictable course on the main island of Honshu, which takes them to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, with a few other towns offered as options. For first-time visitors, this is probably how it should be. But for foreign nationals living in Japan, and people who have visited Japan already, there’s much more to be discovered.