Shikoku (四国), which literally means four prefectures in Japanese, is one of the four main islands in Japan. It is also the least populated out of the four main islands. Located south of mainland Japan and east of the Kyushu region, it has four prefectures. The prefectures are Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima. 

Let’s study in the Shikoku,Japan region!

Although it may seem that there is not much to see or do on the island of Shikoku, that is not true at all. Each prefecture and the island itself has its own specialty. 

Shikoku as a whole is very special, in aspects of culture. For many centuries, Shikoku was isolated from Honshu (mainland), and this can be felt throughout the island. Although a bridge now connects Honshu and Shikoku, the surrounding and feel of Shikoku can still resonate the many years of isolation.

In addition, the island is most prominent with Zen culture, so for those who are interested or love Zen, this is the perfect island to visit in Japan. In addition, it is most popular with the famous pilgrimage called the  “88 temples” pilgrimage.

This is a 1,400 km route that goes through the mountains, rivers and rural communities. A bus can be taken to do this pilgrimage but, if one wants to experience the original and traditional way of doing so, the 40-day walk is recommended. For those looking to do extreme sports in a natural setting, white-water rafting is available in Kochi prefecture.

And for those looking to enjoy the outdoors but not extreme, hiking is good here. The inner regions of Shikoku are full of mountains to see and experience the natural beauty of the region. 

Prefecture wise, there are interesting things to do. To name a few, in Matsuyama city in Ehime prefecture, not only it is the largest city in the Shikoku island/region, but it also is the location for the famous Dogo onsen, which stretches its history back for more than 1,000 years inspiring many royals and poets who have stayed and or visited the hot spring.

In addition, Takamatsu city in Kagawa prefecture is known for not only being the capital city of the prefecture but is known and famous for their udon.

If interested, perhaps Shikoku is the place to study! Below are some schools to take note of that do have an English program.

Note that admission periods differ and that some programs are not all English but could be a mix of both Japanese and English. Furthermore, undergraduate programs in English may be available but only for international exchange students. For further and detailed information, please contact the universities that you are interested in.

Ehime University

Master’s

  • Graduate School of Agriculture
    • Special Course for International Students from Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim

Doctoral

  • The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences
    • Applied Bioresource Science
    • Bioresource Production Science
    • Life Environment Conservation Science

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Kagawa University 

Master’s

  • Graduate School of Agriculture
    • Division of Applied Bioresource Science
    • Division of Applied Bioresource Science (Bioproduction and Bioresources)
    • Division of Bioresource Production Science
    • Division of Bioresource Production Science (Bioproduction and Bioresources)
    • Division of Rare Sugar Science
    • Division of Rare Sugar Science (Agriculture)

Kochi University of Technology

Master’s

  • Graduate School of Engineering
    • Department of Engineering

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Kochi University

Master’s

  • Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
    • Special Course for International Students from Asia, Africa and the Pacific Rim (Agriculture)

Doctoral

  • Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
    • Studies in Applied Science (Engineering)
    • Studies in Applied Science (Natural Sciences)
    • Kuroshio Science

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Kochi University

Doctoral

  • Graduate School of Oral Sciences
    • Course of Oral Sciences
  • Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Course of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Course of Pharmacy
  • Graduate School of Health Sciences
    • Interdisciplinary Health Care Graduate Program in English (Doctoral Course) (Hygienic and Health Sciences・Sanitary Science)
  • Graduate School of Medical Sciences
    • Interdisciplinary Health Care Graduate Program in English (Doctoral Course) (Medicine)
  • Graduate School of Nutrition and Bioscience
    • Interdisciplinary Health Care Graduate Program in English (Doctoral Course) (Nutrition Sciences)

Once again, note that the admission periods differ from each school and or program. In addition, some of the programs are not all in English but could be a mix of both Japanese and English. Furthermore, undergraduate programs in English may be available but only for international exchange students.

If you are interested in the undergraduate program, please contact the school for more information. For further and detailed information about the programs above, please contact the universities that you are interested in for more information.

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