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Iwayaji Temple on the island. Credit JTB/UIG, via Getty Images

35. 四国 日本2015年に行くべき世界の52箇所 – NYTimes.com
35. Shikoku, Japan52 Places to Go in 2015 – NYTimes.com

Anniversaries abound on Japan’s smallest main island.


Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, is the site of the a pilgrimage trail established in 815 that winds past 88 temples. Since celebrations of the ancient route’s 1,200th anniversary were held last year, the 750-mile trail can be enjoyed in relative peace. One particular stop of note is the city of Matsuyama. It is home to several of the temples and the castle-like Dogo Onsen bathhouse, which at 120 years old is one of the country’s oldest natural hot-spring public baths. And a new Japan Rail pass, released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the high-speed Tokaido Shinkansen, will make traveling between Tokyo and the island by train even easier this year. INGRID K. WILLIAMS

参考:Japan Travel Coverage – The New York Times