Shikoku is a balmy area that's full of nature and is made up of the four prefectures of Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, and Kochi. There are wonderful spots throughout the entire region. Here are 5 hotels that are highly rated on review sites so you can make the most of your trip to Shikoku!
1. Setouchi Retreat Aonagi (Ehime)
Setouchi Retreat Aonagi is a hotel in Matsuyama that's on top of a slightly tall hill from which you can see the Seto Inland Sea and the 500 or so islands floating in it.
The building was designed by the world-famous architect, Tadao Ando. The 7 guestrooms are all luxurious sweets, including a maisonette room on the top floor with an impressive view or rooms with a half-open air private bath included. There are 2 pools, a sauna, and a spa within the facility as well. The entire hotel has free Wi-Fi. There are English and Chinese-speaking staff available.
2. Auberge Tosayama (Kochi)
Auberge Tosayama is in the outskirts of the city of Kochi. This hotel is surrounded by beautiful mountains and the ocean, and offers original Japanese-style meals made with local ingredients. You can enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by lush, verdant nature for a blissful time you can't have in a big city.
There are 2 guestrooms in the building, made using Kochi materials such as Japanese cedar, cypress, Tosa washi paper, and more. There are also 4 villa-style rooms that are almost completely hidden away. Inside the facilities is a hot spring where you can relax and enjoy the nature of all four seasons. There are English speaking staff available.
3. Hotel Bokaiso (Kagawa)
Hotel Bokaiso, in Takamatsu, is a hotel on top of a hill where you can gaze out onto the Seto Inland Sea. You can enjoy various mystical sights from this hotel, including the large panorama that overlooks the entire night view of Takamatsu or the sight of the sunset over the Seto Inland Sea.
The guestrooms, which will remind you of a Southeast Asian resort, all have views that you can choose from: a view of Takamatsu so you can enjoy the nightscape, an ocean view, or a mountain view so you can see the forest during every season of the year. Don't forget to try their proudly offered dishes, including the dinner made with specially chosen Japanese Black beef or the breakfast full of Shikoku local delicacies. The entire hotel has free Wi-Fi.
4. Daiwa Roynet Hotel Tokushima Ekimae (Tokushima)
This hotel is a minute away from Tokushima Station. It's right in front of the bus terminal, so it's in a wonderful location.
The guestrooms are designed to be a calm space with a modern interior design. There are various rooms available for you to choose from, from a compact standard room to a huge corner twin room and even women-only rooms. There are also rooms where they can bring in a baby bed, so this hotel is recommended if you have babies. A highway bus ticket center and a convenience store are on the 1st floor of the building. The entire hotel has free Wi-Fi, and there are English speaking staff.
5. Hotel Second Stage (Kagawa)
Hotel Second Stage is part of the Shionoe Onsen (hot spring) area in the outskirts of Takamatsu. This hotel is a place where you can enjoy a beneficial hot spring surrounded by verdant nature.
There are various experiences you can have here, including making your own udon (thick wheat noodles that Kagawa is famous for), making traditional crafts, or interacting with animals. Outside is a multipurpose plaza, and you can enjoy barbecues, campfires, and ground golf there. The rooms come in western, Japanese, or fusion styles. The entire facility has free Wi-Fi.
These hotels are all very different, from the delicious meals at Auberge to hotels with great views or close to the station. Please choose the style that fits you best and check it out!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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