Spots in Ashizuri / Shimanto Area

  • Kongofuku-ji Temple
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    4.0
    112 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Ashizurimisaki 214-1
    Kongofuku-ji Temple is a Buzan school Shingon Buddhist temple located in Tosa-Shimizu City near the southernmost point in Shikoku. The temple’s formal name is Sada-zan Fudaraku-in; it is the 38th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is situated halfway up a hill, looking out over Cape Ashizuri. According to legend, the temple was founded in 822 when the monk Kukai carved a statue of Senju Kannon (Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, with One Thousand Arms) here on the orders of the Saga Emperor. In the Heian period, the Kongofuku-ji Temple was visited by large numbers of Kannon worshippers; visitors to the temple during this period included emissaries from the consort of the Go-Fukakusa Emperor, and the poet Izumi Shikibu.

    The famous temple 38 on the Shikoku pilgrimage route, revered place of contemplation and blessing. I particularly enjoyed the wild rock garden and the smaller shrines and images of the Buddha sound...

  • Shimanto Iyashi no Sato, Shimanto Iyashi no Yu
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    4.0
    103 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Shimoda 3363
    This hot spring spa is a part of the Shimanto no Yado inn in Shimoda, Shimanto City. In addition to hot springs, the spa (which is open to day bathers) also features medicated baths and open-air seawater baths. Other facilities include Shunsai Ryori Sanzenkai, a restaurant offering regional cuisine featuring the flavors of seasonal flavors of Shimanto, as well as the café and bar Bodaiju.

    Location is peaceful, close to ocean. Hotel itself looked fine, even artistic. However, the room was tired, dated, old. It appears to be 40 year old everything in the room. Decently maintained, but...

  • Cape Ashizuri
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Ashizurimisaki
    Cape Ashizuri is a cape at the very tip of Ashizuri Peninsula protruding out into the cobalt blue sea. The contrast of the white water crashing against the steep cliff faces and the blue of the deep sea is a sight worth seeing. The Cape Ashizuri Observatory commands a view of more than 270 degrees allowing visitors to truly appreciate the roundness of the earth.
  • Roadside Station Yotte Nishi Tosa
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nishitosaekawasaki 2410-3
    This roadside station standing next to Shimanto River, the river that is said to have the last clear stream in Japan, is in Nishi Tosa, Shimanto City, Kochi Prefecture, on National Route 441. Produce such as natural Ayu sweetfish and eel caught in the Shimanto River and locally grown organic vegetables and rice harvested in the mountainous areas are sold. In the facility, there is an Ayu market, where you can buy freshly cooked Ayu sweetfish grilled with salt, a market selling produce directly from the farmers, a cafeteria, and an observation deck, as well as a café where unique Shimanto sweets can be enjoyed.

    Lots of interesting-looking local vegetables and food products, plus unique and well packaged gifts on sale in the store. I didn’t stock up on veg, but I did enjoy a very nice locally made soda drink...

  • Roadside Station Nabura Tosa Saga
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunkuroshiochou Saga 1350
    You’ll find this rest stop along National Route 56 in Kuroshio Town, Hata County, Kochi Prefecture. It is popular for its delicious bonito. The facility contains a food court that is well-known for its “seared (tataki) bonito burgers,” and there’s also the “seared bonito set,” “Kuroshio bonito rice bowl,” which is topped with bonito roasted over a straw-fueled fire, “bonito cutlet curry,” and more. The rest stop also hosts bonito roasting demonstrations and a farmer’s market that offers fresh fish, vegetables, and more, making it perfect for taking a break during a drive or doing some shopping.

    高知市から足摺岬に向かう途中、たまたま通りかかって入りましたが、予想以上でした。塩とタレのたたきを頼みました。カツオが新鮮で、臭みもなく大変美味しくいただきました。ただご飯と味噌汁は普通だったので残念でした。

  • Roadside Station Bios Ogata Hinataya
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunkuroshiochou Ukibuchi 953-1
    This is a roadside rest station along National Route 56 in Kuroshio Town, Hata County, Kochi Prefecture. It is at a great location about one minute walk from the ocean and visitors can enjoy resting, shopping and eating overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The cafeteria’s specialty is the “seared bonito burger”. There are also a variety of dishes that use ingredients from Kochi’s mountains and the sea such as “mackerel cutlet set meal” and “bonito miso chazuke (boiled rice in soup)”. At the wholesale store, seared bonito, local vegetables, dried products, town specialty products, and ice creams are sold.

    西方面に釣りに行く際、立ち寄りました、魚介スープで、土佐清水の宗田節のコクのある香りが美味しかった。

  • Manjiro Footbath
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kochi Tosashimizu-shi Ashizurimisaki
    When Kobo Daishi founded Kongofukuji Temple about 1,200 years ago, legend says that he soaked away his exhaustion at natural hot springs bubbling up from the mountain stream here in Ashizuri Onsen Village. Disturbance caused by a major earthquake about 150 years ago stopped the spring, but the current Ashizuru Onsen Village opened in 1999. The outdoor baths and foot bath opened to celebrate its tenth anniversary offer a view of Hakusan Natural Arch, designated Natural Monument in Kochi Prefecture. for a soothing place of rest.

    万次郎足湯(まんじろうあしゆ)は、高知県土佐清水市足摺岬(こうちけんとさしみずしあしずりみさき)にある温泉だ。 無料で足湯を楽しめる。 この日は足摺岬の遊歩道を散策した。 その後、万次郎足湯にやってきた。 入館は無料だ。 入り口を入ってすぐに、温泉大明神がある。 右手に、足湯。 ガラス越しに、白山洞門が見える。 万次郎足湯は、白山洞門のビューポイントでもある。 足湯に入ってみた。 ちょうどい...

  • Sunriver Shimanto Bussankan
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Uyama 383-7
    Sunriver Shimanto Bussankan, Shikoku’s largest local specialty products store, is located around 10 minutes’ walk from the Tosa Kuroshio Railway’s Nakamura Station. Its location in Shimanto City center means that store receives large numbers of both local shoppers and tourist visitors. There is an extensive product display area, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables supplied directly by farmers in the Shimanto area, dried fish and other processed fish products from fish caught in Tosa Bay, and a wide range of other local specialty products. One of the most popular confectionery products (so popular that the store sometimes runs out) is Daifuku rice cakes made with fresh cream and Shimanto’s Mitsuimo sweet potatoes. There is also a restaurant where visitors can enjoy seasonal dishes made with locally-sourced fresh vegetables and local fish species.

    お野菜やお惣菜などいろいろある。隣にお酒も飲めるレストランもある。 隣のビジネスホテルに泊まっていたので、お土産購入はここでちょうどよかった。

  • Shimanto River
    Travel / Tourism
    Kochi Prefecture Tsuno Town, Yusuhara Town, Nakatosa Town, Shimanto Town, Shimanto City
    With its source high up in the 1,336 meter peaks of Mt. Irazu, a watershed of 2,270 square kilometers and a length of 196 kilometers, the Shimanto River is the longest river in Shikoku. Known as the last clear stream in Japan on account of there not being any dams the river still has much culture which links the people to the river such as the distinctive chinkabashi, or sinking bridges, designed so as not to be washed away in times of flood, as well as the various kinds of smoked fish which have resulted from the fishing in this area. The Shimanto River, blessed with a wide width and large volume of water, is gaining popularity as a Mecca for water sports such as canoing, boating, and wind surfing.
  • Ashizuri Kuroshio Marketplace
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Shimizu 932-5
    This facility, lined with various restaurants and shops, was built in Tosashimizu City, Kochi Prefecture to promote its tourism and local fish products. One can taste the fishes fostered by the kuroshio currents, the fresh fish caught the same morning or evening, prepared as sashimi or donburi dishes. You can taste and purchase the fisherman’s Ryoshi Miso made from the recipe handed down for many years by fishermen. Various workshops and activities are offered including bonito braising, whale watching, and the “Be a Fisherman” experience.

    清水鯖を食べたくて行きました。平日だったのでお店も空いていて鯖あるのかな?とちょっと不安になりましたがとても美味しい新鮮な清水鯖を頂くことが出来ました。

  • Dragonfly Nature Park
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Shimantoya
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Yamachi 2494-1
    This souvenir shop is on the bank of the Shimanto River in Shimanto City, Kochi Prefecture and contains a restaurant on the second floor. It opened in 1967. The first floor sells processed goods such as natural eel, shrimp, sweetfish, and seaweed from the Shimanto River, which is said to be Japan’s last remaining limpid river. The chef, who is also a river fisherman, offers dishes such as grilled eel and rice, natural salt-grilled sweetfish, fried river shrimp, and other local cuisine. Depending on the season, you may be able to sit outside on the terrace and gaze at the river while you eat.

    Luckily I could have limited available chacoal grilled “Tennen” eel (not farmed eel) which is cooked as Kansai style, however, a bit over cooked but still very tasty. Restaurant located on 2F with...

  • Ichijo Shrine
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kochi Shimanto-shi Nakamurahonmachi 1-11
    A shrine constructed in 1862 by volunteers to commemorate the Tosa Ichijo clan at the site of the Ichijo Family's mausoleum at the Nakamura Gosho Ruins on Mt. Komori. Historic sites related to the Ichijos on the grounds include Fujimi-no Goten ato (site of a wisteria viewing hall) and Kesho-no-Ido well. Every year from November 22 to 24, the grand Ichijo Taisai Festival is held across the city in their honor.

    這附近本有小京都之稱,但不知道是否已下班時份,神社入口旁邊的商業通亦水靜鵝飛,除了神社正門對荐的超級市場,真是人影不多見! 神社本身雖不太突出但也不錯,而且有很清晰易明白的指示如何參拜,對旅客很有幫助。

  • John Mung Museum
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Yourou 303
    This history museum is located in Yoro, Tosashimizu City. It features exhibits about Nakahama Manjiro, also known as John Mung, a Tosa native known for being one of the first Japanese people to visit the United States. In addition to learning about the life of Nakahama from exhibits that utilize wall graphics and projections, visitors can also enjoy a number of other attractions including taking photos with trick art depicting the sea. The museum also features the restaurant Kaifu Shokudo.

    こから黒潮に流されて漂流して生きて戻れたと思うと凄いなと実感! しかし万次郎が住んでいた家が想像よりも小さく住みづらいかと感じました。

  • Kashiwa Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunotsukichou Kashiwajima
    This small island located at the southwestern tip of Otsuki Town, Hata County has a circumference of approximately four kilometers and a population of about 400 people. The currents of the Bungo Channel meet the Kuroshio Current in the waters off the island, which are home to a great variety of fish. As many as one third of all the species in Japan live there, making it one of the world's most famous diving spots. In addition, the island is visited by many tourists who come from great distances to see its incredibly clear waters, which have been described as looking as if boats were floating in midair.
  • Tatsukushi Glassbottom Boat, Tatsukushi Marine Sightseeing
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • Sadachinka Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Sada
    The Sadachinka Bridge, a typical “chinka”, or sinking bridge, able to sustain flooding on the lower parts of the Shimanto River, is the longest of the more than 40 so called sinking bridges on the Shimanto River boasting a length of 291.6 meters and a width of 4.2 meters. In order to prevent being washed away during high floods, these submersible bridges were built without railings. Visitors can enjoy the pleasant feeling of the cool breeze as they cross the bridge on foot with many tourists coming to visit throughout the year.
  • Shimanto City Museum
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nakamura 2356
    This history and culture museum is located inside Tamematsu Park in Nakamura, Shimanto City. It is located at the ruins of Nakamura Castle, the castle of Yamauchi Yasutoyo, the younger brother of Yamauchi Kazutoyo, the lord of Tosa. It features exhibits related to the history and culture of the area along the Shimanto River, as well as ancient manuscripts, artwork, and more. The castle tower portion of the museum’s building, which is designed to look like a castle, features an observation deck with a sweeping view of the city.

    為松公園には幾つもの駐車場があるようだが、四万十市立郷土博物館をカーナビに入れたら、車がすれ違えないような道だった。

  • Tatsukushi Sightseeing Steamboat
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • Ajigekijo Chika
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    4.5
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nakamurashinmachi 1-39-2
    This izakaya (Japanese-style pub) is located in Nakamura Shinmachi 1-Chome, Shimanto City. It offers a diverse menu featuring regional cuisine made with freshwater shrimp and other ingredients from the Shimanto River, seafood including skipjack tuna, moray eel, and whale, dishes featuring Shimantodori chicken, and more. One of the pub’s appeals is its elaborate interior, which features theater-inspired fan-shaped counters on the first-floor and seats on the second-floor in which you can get a view of the kitchen on the first-floor through the atrium and the dishes are served from the first-floor using a pulley system.

    This was the best meal we had at any restaurant in Japan for three weeks. On a recommendation from the hosts of our accommodation we went to Chika and were absolutely thrilled. We tried their...

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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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