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  • Kawarakko canoeing and camping center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Prefecture Shimanto Ichida Idenokawa 24
    Kawarakko is a canoeing and camping center in Shimanto City, located next to the Shimanto River in beautiful natural surroundings. Three types of accommodation are available: a campsite, “Kawa no Yado,” where visitors can experience living in a traditional farmhouse, and the cypress-wood “Shimanto Hinoki no Ie” concept house. A wide range of activities are available for having fun on the river, including canoeing (beginners are welcome!) and rafting, or just splashing about in the water!
  • Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime prefecture, Kochi prefecture
    This park, established in 1972 is the 26th national park of Japan and features mild and beautiful subaquatic scenery and varied coastal scenery. Due to the unique climate of the mountainous region located inland which is influenced by the Kuroshio Current, it is possible to see a wide range of vegetation distribution from warm-temperate to cold-temperature zone in the area. Within the region is Kashiwajima Island known as a “sacred place for diving” as well as Usubae known for its famous landscape sights and fishing, as well as Japan’s foremost canyoning spot Nametoko Gorge. There are many visitors throughout the year enjoying the leisure activities of the area.
  • Nakamura Castle Ruins (Tamematsu Park)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nakamura
    This public park is located near the Shimanto Historical Museum. It was the former site of Nakamura Castle (also known as Tamematsu Castle), which was built by Tamematsu during the Onin War. The park on a hill where you can see the townscape of Nakamura brings to mind Kyoto and extends in a square pattern, and is known as a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. Planted with approximately 500 Yoshino cherry trees, you can enjoy them when in full bloom from late March to early April, and also fantastic night cherry blossoms when paper lanterns are illuminated during the Shimanto River Flower and Cherry Blossom festivals.
  • Shimanto Study & Play Museum (Akitsuio)
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Gudou 8055-5
    This facility is composed of a dragonfly museum and a freshwater aquarium. There, visitors can learn about a variety of subjects including the place of drinking water, global warming, and nature conservation through the lens of dragonflies and fish from around the world. Each of its fun exhibits, which are focused on the Shimanto River, has a message that is useful in everyday life.


  • Shimanto Canoekan (Canoe House)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nishitosamochi 1111-11 Shimanto/River station Canoe pavilion
    Canoekan (Canoe House) is a canoeing facility located on the middle reaches of the Shimanto River, around 20 minutes’ walk from JR Ekawasaki Station. This is a very popular spot, at which everyone—including beginners, children and senior citizens—can enjoy canoeing while experiencing the magnificent natural beauty of the Shimanto River. Canoekan also runs canoeing experience activities and canoe tours. There is a comprehensive range of facilities, including a café and a shop which sells local specialty products, as well as a camp site and log cabin accommodation, etc. Visitors can spend a whole day enjoying the Shimanto River.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunkuroshiochou Irino
    The SEASIDE GALLERY is not hosted in a building. At this museum along the Irino Beach spreading in front of Kuroshio Nakamura Line’s Tosa Irino Station, nature and people as a whole are the “work.” Irino Beach is a vast sandy area about four kilometers long and 200 meters wide that has been chosen as one of Japan’s top beaches for its rich natural landscape. It hosts events like the “T-shirt art exhibition” where about 1,000 T-shirts are hung along the beach, and the “National Seaside Barefoot Marathon” where participants run barefoot across the sand.
  • Kashiwa Island Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunotsukichou Kashiwajima
    This beach is located in Kashiwajima, Otsuki Town, Hata County. The currents of the Bungo Channel meet the Kuroshio Current in the waters off Kashiwa Island, which is one of the world's most famous diving spots. 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 Marine Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Tatsukushi
    This marine park is located in Tatsukushi Bay in Misaki, Tosashimizu City. Designated as Japan’s first “underwater park” (currently called “marine park”), this region of ocean is home to Japan’s largest Shikorosango Pavona decussata coral cluster. In addition to being known as a diving spot, glass-bottomed boats that allow visitors to observe the underwater life from above the waves also operate here.
  • Shimanto Astronomical Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nishitosamochi 1100
    This astronomical observatory is located in Mochii, Nishitosa, Shimanto City. Shimanto City is the only municipality in the prefecture certified as a “Hoshizora no Machi” by the former Environmental Agency. Visitors can observe the starry sky over the city with the naked eye or with the high-quality telescope. The observatory also holds stargazing parties where visitors can observe the seasonal constellations and numerous celestial bodies with commentary provided by the attendant (reservation required).
  • Kanyoto Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Sukumoshi Oshima
    This park is located on Oshima Island, an uninhabited island in Sukumo Bay in Oshima, Sukumo City. The park is equipped with a sandy area where visitors can enjoy beach volleyball and other activities, play equipment, showers, and other facilities. Kanyoto Island, the island on the opposite shore from Oshima Island, can be accessed on foot during the low tide. It is known for being a place to enjoy a Daruma Sunset from mid-November to mid-February.
  • Tosa Seinan Great Park Auto Camping Field Tomarotto
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Shimoda 3548
    This auto camping ground is located inside Tosa Seinan Large Scale Park in Shimoda, Shimanto City. In addition to grassy tent sites, the camp ground also offers tengalows and cabins. The park, which faces the Pacific Ocean, features an observation deck, a playground, and a stargazing square.
  • Kochi Prefectural Ashizuri Kaiyokan Aquarium
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Misaki 4032
    This aquarium is located on the side of Ashizuri Sunny Road in Imashiba, Misaki, Tosashimizu City. The aquarium, which has a theme of “the Waters of Tosa and the Fish of the Kuroshio Current,” is home to around 3,000 fish and aquatic invertebrates representing 200 varieties of sea life. The facility includes a central cylindrical marine tank, which is nine meters wide and six meters tall, a sunfish tank, a multipurpose tank used to raise green sea turtles and spotted seals, a touching tank where visitors can touch sea creatures such as hermit crabs and sea urchin, and more.


  • Tosa Seinan Great Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunkuroshiochou
    This park is located in Irino, Kuroshio Town, Hata County. It is equipped with a range of athletic facilities including a natural turf athletic field, a soccer field, a track, a gymnasium, a baseball park, tennis courts, and a skate park. The park, which is located along a sandy beach, also features a Seaside Culture Zone in which there are facilities such as a camping ground, cycling road, accommodations, and a diner.
  • Irino Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunkuroshiochou Irino 1- B
    "Located an approximately 50-minute drive from the Shimantocho-Chuo Interchange on the Kochi Expressway, this beach has sand that stretches for about four kilometers and is about 200 meter wide. Also known as Tsukimigahama, it has been selected as one of the Japan's 100 Best Beaches. Many events are held here, such as the ""T-shirt Art Exhibition"", in which the sandy beach itself is regarded as a museum and about 1,000 t-shirts are exhibited on the sandy beach. With the sandy beach in the background, there is a Japanese black pine forest called ""Irino Matsubara"" and a camping ground, and it is full of tourists who come to enjoy swimming and surfing in the summer."
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Shimanto-shi Fuba 1738-1
  • Ryu Ke Hama Camping Ground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Hata-gun Otsukicho
  • Shimanto Canoeing To Camping no Sato
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Shimanto-shi Tadenokawa 24
  • Sukumo General Social Welfare Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Sukumo-shi Takasago 4-56
  • Tosashimizu Municipal Citizen Cultural Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Tosashimizu-shi Kotobukicho 11-1
  • Shimanto Municipal Culture Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Shimanto-shi Nakamurasakuramachi 2-1

Kochi Main Areas


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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