In less than two hours from Tokyo, you can find yourself in a little-known paradise called Kochi. Set on the southern side of Shikoku, this prefecture cradles the Pacific Ocean and is full of incredible nature gems like a 300 million-year-old gorge.
Wild and untamed as its landscape, Kochi people are known for their passion for outdoor activities. Here, expect to be overwhelmed with the endless list of nature activities from whale-watching, surfing, hiking, fishing, caving, paragliding to paddle-boarding. The list goes on. It’s not just for active travellers either. Families can relax by the river; couples can enjoy intimate dinners of sumptuous local cuisine and solo travellers can unplug from the world in one of many Kochi’s serene spots.
The boulders in Cape Muroto were formed when the earth pushed the ground up during the earthquakes thousands of years ago. Such beauty in the face of resilience is immediately evident in the tenacious spirit of Kochi folks.
Fall in love with the beauty of “Niyodo Blue”
The Niyodo River, possibly the purest in Japan, is home to some of the world’s most luxuriant camping grounds. Where else can you wake up to technicolour turquoise waters set in the background of lava rock?
Just a short drive from Kochi City is this hidden gem. Canoe down Niyodo River and stop by for a relaxing hot spring dip or even a pint at a beer brewery.