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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

KOCHI Okumonobe & Teisumiyoshi

Marvellous outdoor parks that cover all recreational bases

Okumonobe and Teisumiyoshi are prefectural parks of outstanding natural beauty for which this beautiful, sparsely populated eastern part of Kochi Prefecture is known. Camp, hike, cycle, mountain climb or swim—the parks are yours to explore.

Don't Miss

  • Okumonobe's gorgeous gorges
  • Taking to two wheels along the coast
  • Gardens straight out of a Monet painting

How to Get There

Eastern Kochi is served by two train lines (a local line operated by the Tosa Kuroshio Railway and the JR Dosan Line) and a multitude of local bus networks with relatively infrequent services. A rental car is recommended for extensive exploration.

For Okumonobe and attractions in that area, JR Tosa-Yamada Station on the Dosan Line is the transport hub with buses heading east into the mountains.

For Teisumiyoshi and destinations along the coast, take the Tosa Kuroshio Railway Asa Line originating at JR Gomen Station. The nearest station to the Teisumiyoshi park is Yasu Station (20 minutes from Gomen Station).

Sleep under the stars

The mountainous Okumonobe area is dotted with campsites, often located close to scenic gorges and at the beginning of hiking trails. Some are little more than cleared sites with minimal facilities, while others have hot showers and on-site shops where you can buy food and rent equipment.

Riders' Inn and Befukyo Campground are sites where you can camp with little to no preparation. Both are manned during the day and have huts, barbecue areas, and running water. Of the two, Riders' Inn has the most extensive facilities and rents out sleeping bags, fans, heaters, barbecues and pretty much anything else you could possibly need.

Invigorating hikes and challenging climbs

There are many mountains trails to chose from in eastern Kochi varying from beginner-friendly to challenging. Mt. Shiraga (1769 meters) is one of the tallest and most versatile. For an easy hike on a well-maintained path, set out from the climbing gate on the mountain road linking Befu and Nishikuma gorges. The climb should take no more than an hour.

For something more testing, consider climbing from Dotoko Campground at the foot of the mountain. The trails are not as well-maintained, and the climb is strenuous. Set aside at least four hours for the ascent and ensure you are well-equipped with a map and proper hiking gear.

Absolutely gorgeous

In addition to spectacular fall foliage, the gorges in the area are excellent spots for cooling off in the water. Waterfalls and swimmable lagoons add to the beauty of the surroundings. Befu Gorge is particularly pleasant with a hot spring hotel nearby offering an alternative to camping.

From the mountains to the sea

In stark contrast to the mountains of the Okumonobe area, Teisumiyoshi is a more-easily accessible coastal park with beaches for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing.

Explore the park on two wheels

An excellent way to explore the park and seaside scenery is by bicycle. You can rent one from the Cycling Terminal, a multipurpose facility 25 minutes on foot or a short ride by taxi south of Yasu Station.

If you don't feel like cycling, there are plenty of walking routes, and you can even hike up into the coastal hills to find your own special spot to relax and take in the view.

Paying homage to Monet

Further along the coast in Kitagawa Village, you can find an unexpected slice of France in the form of Monet's Garden Marmotten. The gardens here have been painstakingly landscaped to recreate real-life versions of some of Monet's most famous paintings. For the novelty factor alone, they are worth a visit.

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