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Seto OHashi (Great Seto Bridge)



Shikoku, means "four countries".  But the original mean was four provinces, that were known as Awa, Sanuki, Tosa and Oy.  But now the Shikoku Region contains four administrative prefectures namely Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime and Kochi.  Shikoku Region is the smallest of the Japanese Island group and is located south of Kansai Region and east of the Kanto Region and is separated from the main Island of Honshu by the Seto Inland Sea (Seto Nai Kai).


Apart from the sea and air travel from other parts of Japan, Shikoku is connected for the road and rail travel using the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (Kobe to Awaji Island), Nishiseto Express way from Hiroshima and the using the Seto O-Hashi (The Great Seto Bridge ) from Okayama.  The seto O-Hashi Bridge is considered as the longest two tiered bridge system in the world.  The fact that it is built on top of the inland sea itself is a great feat.


As with other parts of Japan, Shikoku has its unique weather and geographical patterns.  Shikoku is sparsly populated than Hokkaido but better weather (less cold) than Hokkaido.  It is populated with many mountain ranges and long rivers.  It's four sides are covered with beautiful sea and ocean shores.  Most of Shikoku is serviced by JR Shikoku also known as Shikoku Railway.  There are many historic and famous hot spring resorts and one of the most famous is the Dogo Onsen Hot Spring in the Matsuyama City.

Here is a video of Dogo Onsen.




 
From temples and shrines perspective, Shikoku region by far known by the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage or simply Shikoku Pilgrimage (in Japanese Shikoku OHenro).  All the temples in the circuit are associated with the founder of Shingon Sect of Japanese Buddhism, Monk Kobo Daishi Kukai.  It is said that during his training to be a Monk, Kobo Daishi traveled extensively within Shikoku Region building various temples.  Apart from these Shikoku Pilgrimage Temples, there are many beautiful Shrines associated with Shinto religion, which are not only old but also considered sacred by the Japanese people.





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