[Western Kochi Prefecture/Otsuki Town] Attack across the west coast of Otsuki Town, the "entrance to the Seto Inland Sea" in search of a spectacular view of the ria coastline!
The section from Kashiwajima to the northern tip of Otsuki Town is a beautiful ria coastline with views of Kyushu to the west. We have prepared driving, touring, and cycling courses that you can choose from in a variety of lengths to suit your time and vehicle, while enjoying the tranquil and beauti...
Full of charm! A peaceful and beautiful ria coastline and a unique fishing port townscape
On the west side of Otsuki Town, there is a small cove surrounded by cliffs that rise like a wall against the wind from the sea. There is a coastline with beautiful scenery where they are nested and repeated. Most of the roads are narrow and are used by locals as a way of life, but there are rare and spectacular views that are not covered in the media. Why not take the time to visit Kashiwajima and run through this exotic skyline?
Cars, motorcycles, bicycles, buggies...north to south, south to north, wherever you want, in your favorite style.
It is called Otsuki Town West Coast here, and the topography is such that fishing ports built in steep cliffs and coves come back again and again. Although there are many parts that are difficult for large cars, there is little traffic, and it is a leisurely course for motorbikes and bicycles (however, there are many ups and downs, so be prepared!).
Below, we will briefly introduce scenic spots, fishing ports, and villages from north to south. Of course, you can also go north from the south (Kashiwajima)!
[Spectacular View Point #1] Shirahama and Hibari Kojima ~ Beautiful blue and white scenery and a small island that looks like a miniature garden
[a] Tatsugasako – A Mediterranean-style townscape with stone steps developed on top of a cliff
[b] Tomariura - The sea is right next to the road! Cove with harbor
[Spectacular view point #2] Shiinoura ~ Can you see the Daruma sunset in winter?
[c] Tachibanaura - A good natural port with wings spread out in a V-shape
[Spectacular View Point #3] Okazaki Beach Rest Area - View of the slender and beautiful Kannonzaki
[d] Amaji – A port town with fishing fleets lined up along the embankment
[Spectacular view point #4] Kumogatsuji Park - Statue of Requiem standing under the intersection in the sky and the beautiful view of Tsutomezaki
This park was developed along with the completion of the work ``Kumogatsuji'' by Masayuki Nagare, a world-famous sculptor whose work is permanently stored at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. ``Kumogatsuji'' was created to pray for the repose of the souls of the students who died in the war. Unlike the rough cliff scenery, it has a somewhat calm atmosphere that is appealing, combined with the location overlooking Kashiwajima Island and Sukumo Bay in the distance.
[e] Everything (Issai) - Descending the beautiful coastline and height difference at once! Otsuki Monte Carlo
[Spectacular View Point #5] Issai Pass Rest Area - A great spot overlooking Kashiwa Island
[Spectacular view point #6] Odoyama Observation Deck ~ From Kashiwa Island below to Kyushu in the distance...360 degree panorama!
[f] Kashiwajima - Heaven of Kashiwajima Blue! A sacred place for diving
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Recommended courses From short drives to full-day adventure tours
There are about four routes from the national highway to the west coast, and by choosing the entrance and exit freely, you can combine the spots you want to see, the course you want to run, and the size.
Recommended sections and distance guidelines are listed below. Distances are approximate and may vary depending on the uphill and downhill distances. Please note.
■Tatsugasako Round…Roadside Station~a.Ryugasako~b.Tomariura~Roadside Station (approx. 21.2km)
■Tachibanaura/Amaji Round…Roadside Station ~b. Tomariura ~ c. Tachibanaura ~ d. Amaji ~ Roadside Station (Approx.26.7km)
■Issai - Amaji Round…Roadside Station ~ 5. Issai Pass Rest Area - e. Issai - d. Amaji - Roadside Station (Approx. 29.4km)
■ North Coast Round... Road Station ~ a. Tatsugasako ~ b. Tomariura ~ c. Tachibanaura ~ d. Amaji ~ Roadside Station (approx.27.3km )
■West Coast SouthRound…Roadside Station ~ 5. Issai Pass Rest Area ~ e. Issai ~ d. Amaji ~ c. Tachibanaura ~ b. Tomariura ~ Roadside Station (Approx.36.9km )
■ West Coast Round…Roadside Station ~ a. Tatsugasako ~ b. Tomariura ~ c. Tachibanaura ~ d. Amaji ~ e. Issai ~ 5. Issai Pass Rest Area ~ f. Kashiwajima - Roadside Station (approx.44.7km)
If you want to know more about Otsuki Town, please click here.
- Otsuki Town Tourism Association
The Hata region of Kochi Prefecture is located at the southwestern tip of Shikoku, and is a peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean, facing Tosa Bay to the east and Bungo Channel to the west. It is made up of three cities, two towns, and one village: Hara Village. It is a natural powerhouse rich in blessings, including the nationally famous Shimanto River and Cape Ashizuri, the blessings of the Kuroshio Current that flows along the coast, and the blessings of mountains that boast the largest area of forests in the country.
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