Ashizuri Coast Discovery Walk and Boat Cruise
Hata Region Tourism Bureau
The rugged mountain ranges, thick forests, free-flowing rivers and craggy coastal areas of the Hata region of southwestern Kochi Prefecture make it home to some of Japan’s most beautiful nature spots. Here, the Shimanto River meets the Pacific Ocean, sprawling rice paddies abound and shores are blessed with sandy beaches or rocky cliffs.
What better way to explore the diverse environment than by foot, bicycle and boat? The Ashizuri Coast Discovery Walk and Boat Cruise guides visitors from the southernmost tip of Shikoku, around the coast of Cape Ashizuri, past granite caves and forests, stopping by a local fishing port, village and shrine.
It begins at Cape Ashizuri, where you meet your guide beneath a huge statue of Nakahama Manjiro, known as John Manjiro, a native of Kochi and the first Japanese to visit the United States. After a trip to a nearby mountaintop viewing platform for a view of the ocean as far as the eye can see, you are taken through a tunnel of camellia plants and toward Cape Ashizuri Lighthouse. Along the way, the guide points out the seven wonders of Ashizuri, stone monuments related to Kongofukuji Temple. Once past a large granite cave, your walk ends at Isa Fishing Port, where a boat ferries you to Matsuo port for lunch and a village tour.
The journey switches to bicycles for a scenic route through coastal woodland to Ryugu Shrine on the rocky outcropping of Cape Usubae, before ending with a cycle back to Cape Ashizuri.
105 minutes by Kochi Seinan Kotsu bus from Tosa Kuroshio Railway's Nakamura Station to Cape Ashizuri.
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