Experience / Training / Vehicle Spots in Kochi Area

  • Nishijima Horticultural Park
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Nankokushi Hataeda 600
    A fruits and flowers tourist farm in Nankoku City, Kochi Prefecture, where visitors can enjoy sweet melons and watermelons all year round. About 200 kinds of tropical flowers including bougainvillea and hibiscus, carnivorous plants and cactus, etc. are cultivated and on display in the nursery house, and there are many potted plants for sale too. Strawberry picking is possible from January through to early June with the large, sweet benihoppe and sachinoka varieties on offer. Their specially made fruit jams, such as strawberry jam and melon jam are popular as souvenirs.

    There’re so many kind of flowers and fruits all the time! You can also taste great foods and sweets there!

  • Dragonfly Nature Park
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    Kochi Shimanto-shi Gudo 8055-5

    If you sit quietly you may be lucky enough to have some of the dragonflies stop right next to you. In season there are also lots of nice flowers, kids would have a lot of fun here.

  • Tatsukushi Glassbottom Boat, Tatsukushi Marine Sightseeing
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Kochi Tosashimizu-shi Misaki 4135-2
    This glass bottom boat is where you can take a trip under the sea and see the sights of Minokoshi with your clothes on. It is located in Ashizuri Uwakai National Park, and you can enjoy the marine ecology of Tatsukushi Marine Park. Under the influence of the warm Kuroshio current, you can enjoy the reef-building coral and the sea treasure trove inhabited by tropical fish. It operates at any time without reservations.

    テーブルサンゴは、高確率で見る事ができます。 問題は雨で、雨が降ると濁ってしまいます。 9月初旬の午後、雨が降った少し後に行きました。 ところどころ若干濁ってましたが、満足です♪ 船の揺れは、風が弱かったのでそれほど揺れませんでした。気分が悪くなったりはしませんでした。

  • Tatsukushi Sightseeing Steamboat
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
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    Kochi Pref. Tosashimizu City Tatsukushi 19-10
    This sightseeing boat operates off the Tatsukushi Coast in Misaki, Tosashimizu City. Designated as Japan’s first “underwater park” (currently called “marine parks”), this region of ocean is home to Japan’s largest Shikorosango coral cluster. The coast also has many beautiful views and for strange rock formations. The glass-bottomed boat allows visitors to observe the underwater life from above the waves.

    因為見残し海岸必須乘船前往,觀光案内所便指示我們到店對面的汽船公司訂票,還送我們折扣券,原價每人1,560円 ,只需1,480円。觀光汽船算是艘玻璃船,因船底透明可觀看水中情況,它會在海中某幾處位置停船,讓人客觀賞水中珊瑚及魚兒,然後才逕直駛往見殘海岸,不過,景色一般而已。

  • Shimanto River Houseboat Cruising Service, Nattoku
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Tadenokawa 67-1
    This tourist boat operates in the Shimanto River. Its approximately hour-long regular services depart every hour from the boat dock located on the side of National Route 441 in Tadenokawa, Shimanto City. Passengers can see scenic sights such as the “Onigafuchi no Iwa” as well as seasonal sights such as Kishi azaleas and fireflies. Passengers who make reservations in advance can also enjoy bento boxes onboard the boat. Reservation-only gourmet charter courses are also offered.

    ツアーで団体客として行きました。 清流下りで船頭さんの案内を聞きながらお弁当を食べ、沈下橋の下をくぐり、Uターンして上流に上ってから戻るコースでした。 ちょうど地元の方なのか、自動車が細い沈下橋の上を渡る場面も見ることが出来たので良かったです。 食事は寒い冬に冷たいお弁当だったので普通でした。 子供なら夏休みに橋から清流に飛び込みしたくなるような澄んだ水で、川底の石が船の中から見えました。 船着き...

  • Kuroshio Kobo
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunnakatosachou Kure 8009-11
    At the Kuroshio Kobo you can enjoy a workshop learning how to cure freshly caught fish, and to straw-braise bonito, a local delicacy. One can try their hand at shaving and packing the bonito in the beginner’s course, while the intermediate course challenges one from filleting a whole bonito through to the packing method. At the food court, you can enjoy all the local dishes prepared from Central Tosa products.

    This little restaurant was just besides our ryokan-onsen. They make delicious bonito tataki. Most of the other food that we tried was also good! I would recommend the tataki. Not a word of English...

  • Umaji Shinrin Railway and Incline
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Akigunumajimura Umaji 3564-1
    This forest railway is located in front of Community Center Umaji in Umaji, Umaji Village, Aki County. The roughly 300-meter-long railway is a 2:3 scale reproduction of the forest railway that was once used to carry lumber here. The top of the steep incline offers a sweeping view of the surrounding scenery.

    天気もよく、坂を下り馬路温泉に車を止めて坂を上ると目の前に森林鉄道があり、週末と祝日しかやってないみたいです。 木でできた切符をもらい歩いても行ける距離を二周回ってくれます。 そよ風も心地よく、川の流れも綺麗でお子さんにはとても喜ばれると思います。

  • Niyodo River Houseboat
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    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunhidakamura Honmura 209-1
    This houseboat operates out of Honmura, Hidaka Village, Takaoka County. It is the only pleasure boat that operates on the Niyodo River, which is known as “the Miraculous Stream” for the high quality of its water. Passengers can enjoy viewing the beautiful “Niyodo Blue” surface of the river and the surrounding nature from the boat. It is also possible to enjoy a Niyodo River bento box on the boat if you make reservations in advance.
  • Ogata Whale Watching
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    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunkuroshiochou Irino 227
    Ogata Whale Watching is based in Kuroshio Town. Visitors are taken out to sea on boats captained by experienced fishermen, with the chance of seeing pods of Bryde’s Whale and Common Dolphins. The period between late April and late October is the best time to see whales and dolphins, with the period from late November to late March being the off-season. The boats depart from Irino Fishing Harbor in Kushiro Town. Irino Fishing Harbor is about 20–30 minutes’ walk from Tosa-Irino Station. The boat trip takes around four hours; tickets must be booked at least three days in advance.
  • Shimanto Gakusha
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    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nishitosanakaba 408-1
    This experience-based learning facility is located on the side of National Route 441 in Nishitosanakaba, Shimanto City. Located in a renovated former elementary school, it offers accommodations that include guest rooms inside converted classrooms and a bungalow. It offers a variety of river-based activities to enjoy including canoeing, fishing, river hiking, snorkeling, and more. There are also exclusive programs such as stargazing parties just for people staying at the facility.
  • Shiman Torocco
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    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunshimantochou
    This tourist train operates on the JR Yodo Line between Kubokawa Station in Shimanto Town, Takaoka County, Kochi Prefecture and Uwajima Station in Nishiki-machi, Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture. The trolley-style train, a modified freight car, offers passengers direct views of the Shimanto River and other scenic sights along the railway. There are even guides who provide information about the sights. Passengers can also buy souvenirs onboard the train.
  • Green Park Hodono
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    Kouchi Pref. Agawaguninochou Shimizu Hodono
    This environmental learning center is located in Kiyomizukamibun, Ino Town, Agawa County. It is equipped with bungalows and camp sites, a learning center, an outdoor stage, an open space, and other facilities. Visitors can enjoy activities such as playing park golf on the course or making Baumkuchen cakes. In addition, visitors can commune with nature by taking a walk or enjoying athletics in the vast “Moma no Sumu Mori” (flying squirrel forest).
  • Yakatabune Shimanto no Ao
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    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Misato 1446
    This houseboat operates in the Shimanto River. The reception desk and boat dock is located in Misato, Shimanto City. Passengers can choose from various courses including the regular services, which depart every hour, charter courses, and courses featuring demonstrations of traditional Shimanto River fishing techniques. There are also seasonal courses such as the firefly viewing course offered from late May to early June. Passengers who make reservations in advance can also enjoy cuisine featuring the fruits of the Shimanto River onboard the boat.
  • Whale Watching in Usa
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashi Usachou Usa Hashida beach 2752 - 7
    Popular with visitors for providing close-up views of marine animals such as dolphins and whales, The Whale Watching departs from Shiokaze Park. The period from July to September offers the best chance of encountering these creatures, so visitors are encouraged to time their visits for these months.
  • Uchiharano Ceramic Art Museum
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    Kochi Aki-shi Kawakita Otsu 1607-1
    A ceramic museum adjacent to Aki Regional Park. With authentic facilities and genuine instructors, you'll be able to experience making Uchiharano porcelain, which has more than 200 years of history. The extensive programs on offer include using a potters' wheel and making and painting ceramics by hand. Surrounded by rich natural surroundings, it's an accessible way to experience making pottery. You can also purchase ceramic pieces in the on-site gallery. Stop by the glass workshop to make original items incorporating lampworking and sandblasting.
  • Tosa no Kochi no Kudamonobatake
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    Kochi Konan-shi Kagamicho Yamakita Matsu Ke Une 4120-2
    The expansive roughly 67-hectare farm feels like one you'd find in California. They specialize in cultivating safe and healthy mandarin oranges on well cared for land. They have a super early variety available from October 1, and a standard early variety available later until the end of December. The date the farm opens to the public varies from year to year, so check in advance.
  • Kokuzosan Fruit Land
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Takaoka-gun Sakawacho Higashi Kumi 824-3
    A tourist farm on the summit of 674-meter Mt. Kokuzo where you can enjoy the views as well as the tasty fruit. Its observatory looks out over the Togano Plain. You can pick your own pears, apples, and mandarin oranges from early September until late November. The seasons may vary slightly depending on climatic conditions.
  • Tsuchimoto Tourist Orchard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Takaoka-gun Sakawacho Futatsuno 1308
    An orchard that sells delicious apples and pears. The popular Niitakanashi pear variety won the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Prize in 2012 and 2014. Various cultivars come into season between mid-August and late November. You can enter the orchard too.
  • Kaminokae Fishery Experience Wakashiya
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Nakatosacho Kaminokae 2574
    A facility where you can experience fishing and rope work. Workshops are safe and secure, and held under the guidance of fishermen who have lived at sea. For fishing experiences, participants choose between inshore gillnet fishing, marbled rockfish net fishing, and crab, octopus, and squid trap fishing. Japanese spiny lobster fishing is available from September to April. There is also a seafood cooking workshop which is very popular with everyone from children to adults.
  • Hayama no Sato
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Tsunocho Nagano 251-1
    An agricultural experience and training center made with lots of timber and surrounded by the rich natural environment you'd find in a farming village. Workshops include making soba, konnyaku, and pottery, as well as painting ceramics. Lodging is available too, and if your group is large enough, you can rent the whole place. The two-story wooden building has a relaxed feel; it won the Kochi Prefectural Wooden Culture Prize.

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The largest of Shikoku’s prefectures, Kochi is endowed with some of the island’s most exceptional sand beaches lining the Pacific Ocean, which narrows into the Shimanto-gawa, a huge river that stretches 196 kilometers into the prefecture, passing verdant mountains and hosting countless riverside activities. Whether you’re a pilgrim or not, Kochi’s 16 Buddhist temples that make up one leg of the Shikoku Pilgrimage are worth a visit, particularly Chikurin-ji for its five-tier pagoda.

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