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Shikoku is an oft-forgotten island in Japan. The smallest of Japan's Big Four, it lies to the south of Honshu. The island is thought of as a rural backwater, with few must-see attractions, but a visit there can wash away those doubts; the mountainous inner regions offer some good hiking.

Iya Valley is a remote mountain valley deep in the heart of Shikoku.

Tokushima prefecture is on the eastern side of the Japanese island of Shikoku.

Matsuyama, meaning "pine mountain", is the homely capital of Ehime prefecture.

Ehime prefecture is on the Japanese island of Shikoku. Ehime was formerly known as Iyo.

Saijō, also known as Iyo-Saijō, is in Ehime prefecture, Shikoku island, Japan.

Kagawa prefecture is on the Japanese island of Shikoku. Kagawa was formerly known as the province of Sanuki.

Naoshima is an island located in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. It is renowned for its collection of contemporary art galleries and exhibits.

Kochi prefecture is on the Japanese island of Shikoku. Kochi was formerly known as Tosa.

Takamatsu is the largest city in Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, Japan.

The 88 Temple Pilgrimage is Japan's most famous pilgrimage route, a 1200 km loop around the island of Shikoku.

Mima is a city in Tokushima on the island of Shikoku. It is located inland, to the west of Tokushima city.

Kōchi, known in ancient times as Tosa, is the eponymous capital of Kochi prefecture on the Japanese island of Shikoku.

Tokushima is the main transport hub of eastern Shikoku. It has only a few worthwhile attractions, but its palm-lined boulevards are pleasant enough to pass through on your way to more interesting places.

Ikeda, also Awa-Ikeda, is the town center for Miyoshi City in the central part of the island of Shikoku, Japan.

Uwajima is a slice of small town life on the west coast of Shikoku — nothing much out of the ordinary, if you don't count an ancient fertility shrine and the occasional sumo match between two bulls.

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