Shikoku is the smallest of the four main islands in the Japanese group and lies nestled in the Seto Inland Sea off the southeast coast of the main, and largest, island of Honshu.

The mountainous island is divided into four provinces (Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima) and remains, even today, as one of the most beautiful rural areas of Japan.

The birthplace of Kukai (Kobo Daishi).