SHIKOKU

Shikoku (四国) 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. It is also the home of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.
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Marugame Castle, Marugame


88 Temple Pilgrimage. The 88 Temple Pilgrimage is a famous but grueling 1,647-kilometer hike around the entire island.…WikiTravel

SHIKOKU NEWS

28 Oct

A reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, has gone back online after being suspended for about one year.
(NHK)

4 Oct

A 30-year-old man, who was at large for nearly seven weeks after escaping from a police station in Osaka Prefecture in mid-August, masqueraded as a cycle tourist, spun a web of lies and stole basic goods including clothes and a bicycle, investigative sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

8 Sep

Heavy rain is battering wide areas of Japan. Weather officials warn that if rainfall continues to increase there is a risk of landslides and swollen rivers.
(NHK)

4 Sep

Many train services in western Japan will be cancelled on Tuesday due to Typhoon Jebi.
(NHK)

30 Jul

Tropical storm Jongdari is hitting the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan.
(NHK)

7 Jul

Record rainfall has caused floods and landslides over a wide area from Kyushu to Tokai. (NHK)

3 Jul

Weather officials say a storm moving over the Sea of Japan may bring torrential rains in many parts of Japan on Wednesday. They are warning of possible landslides, floods and tornadoes. (NHK)

29 May

The rainy season appears to have begun in northern Kyushu and Shikoku, the Meteorological Agency announced Monday. (Japan Times)

30 Apr

The likes of Tokyo and Kyoto may still be top of many visitors’ itineraries, but Japan’s tourism industry is changing as more and more people head west in search of new experiences. (Nikkei)

27 Mar

Shikoku Electric Power Co. will not seek to extend the operation of an aging nuclear reactor in western Japan, judging that the required safety investments will not pay off due to declining electricity demand in the region, sources close to the matter said Monday. (Kyodo)

22 Mar

Japan will need the equivalent of 1,600 Tokyo Domes to store rubble and debris produced from a long-anticipated huge earthquake along the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast, according to an estimate. (Asahi)

20 Mar

A Somei-Yoshino cherry tree being monitored in Kochi reached full bloom on Monday, the Metrological Agency said. (Japan Times)

3 Mar

The slide in a children’s playground in Ehime, not suitable for children, will be no more after injuries and safety worries. (soranews24.com)

19 Jan

Shining night clouds were observed in skies over wide areas of western Japan after a rocket lifted off from southern Japan early on Thursday. (NHK)

12 Jan

Snow is falling heavily on the coast, along the Sea of Japan. Storms have also plastered parts of Shikoku and Kyushu in the southwest, where snow is rarely seen. (NHK)

14 Dec

For the first time, a Japanese high court has ordered the operator of a nuclear plant not to restart a reactor. (NHK)

20 Nov

Japanese railway companies plan to use data from seabed seismometers to quickly stop Shinkansen bullet trains when a major earthquake hits. (NHK)

14 Sep

Severe tropical storm Talim has made landfall on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido, after passing by the western coast of the country. It is packing strong winds and torrential rains. (NHK)

18 Aug

The Japanese government carried out Friday a drill for its emergency alert system in areas in and around the likely flight path of ballistic missiles North Korea has recently threatened to launch toward Guam.

(Japan Today)

7 Aug

A storm is ripping through the Japanese archipelago, bringing heavy rains to wide areas. 2 people are dead and 17 others are injured.
(NHK)

29 Jul

The Japanese government on Friday unveiled a plan to build underground repositories for the storage of highly radioactive waste from the disaster-struck Fukushima and other nuclear power plants in the country. (business-standard.com)

21 Jun

A strong earthquake hit southwestern Japan late Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Times)

7 Jun

The rainy season appears to have started in wide swaths of eastern, central and western Japan, the weather agency said Wednesday, warning of downpours and natural disasters during the roughly six-week period. (Japan Times)

31 May

An amateur historian has unearthed compelling evidence that the first Australian maritime foray into Japanese waters was by convict pirates on an audacious escape from Tasmania almost two centuries ago. (theguardian.com)