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SHIKOKU, JAPAN

 

 

 

Take the less trodden path and discover for yourself the Japanese way of life. Shikoku is Japan’s fourth largest island, blessed with a mild climate and bountiful nature. Explore the four prefectures of Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime and Kochi in its natural stunning beauty and rustic charms.

Enter deep into the mountains of the Iya Valley and you will be rewarded with unspoiled scenery of narrow gorges, unique vine bridges and the emerald waters of the Yoshino River. Cruise through these rocky cliffs and admire nature’s gifts.

Delight in the manicured gardens of Ritsurin Park, considered to be one of Japan’s finest specimen in Japanese style garden landscaping. Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony while sipping in the views of the garden that changes over the seasons, from the soft hues of spring in the cherry blossoms to the lush summer to the vibrant autumn foliage to the powdery white winter.

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Rising stately from the hill in Ehime is Matsuyama Castle, one of the few remaining original castles that survived the post-feudal era in Japan. Offering panoramic views of the city, the castle is most picturesque during spring time when over 200 cherry trees planted on the castle ground blossom.

 

A quintessential Japanese experience is to take a dip in the Dogo Onsen - an ancient and rustic hot spring bath house that has hosted royalty and inspired Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

 

Walk alongside pilgrims in the 88-Temple Pilgrimage, a 1,200km route starting from Ryozenji Temple in Tokushima. Trail the steps of legendary monk Kukai and find your inner self amidst the serene atmospheric settings of the temples.

 

A taste of Japan and her seasonal offerings are a must try, from hand-cut Udon to freshly brewed beer to the street food much loved by the locals.

 

There is much more of Japan that we would love to share. If you have something in mind that you are not seeing on our website, feel free to drop us an email sales@aureliuscircle.com or call us at +65 6876 7946. Let us inspire you for your next holiday.

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