Shikoku

Venture off the Beaten Path to Tosayama and Explore the Beauty of Rural Japan

Tosayama rests in the gentle hills just outside of Kochi City in Shikoku. With a population of less than a thousand and a centre town that boasts only a post office, general store, and government office, it is a quiet town that hasn’t yet caught the eye of eager tourists. It is, however, a beautiful…
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Why Would You Climb Japan’s Lowest Mountain at Only 6 Meters?

Ever wanted to scale a mountain or hike in a beautiful, mountainous areas while travelling in Japan, but find it a hassle and too costly to prepare all the necessary equipment? Or are you concerned about your lack of physical fitness so that you might not be able to make it all the way to…

Venture to Shikoku and Bravely Cross Iya Valley’s Vine Suspension Bridge

If you want to fill your day with an escape to a natural place filled with man-made secrets, head over to the vine-made suspension bridge over Iya Valley in the western part of Tokushima. The valley offers a scenic area which is one of the unexplored places to visit. It is known for its dramatic…

5 Must-Try Specialty Dishes When Visiting Kochi

Kochi is not only famous for its autumn festivals and scenery, but also for its delicious mouth-watering food. The unique food tradition here attracts many visitors. Kochi is famous for its ‘Sawachi cuisine’ which is a culinary tradition that dates hundreds of years back. Let’s have a look at this tradition as well as the…

Get Merry at These 3 Amazing Festivals in Shikoku

Shikoku is the smallest of the 4 main islands in Japan and is located in the south-western part just below largest island Honshu. It is a very scenic island with beautiful vistas and plenty of interesting places to visit, and it is famous for its shrines and temples. Shikoku has four provinces or prefectures, namely…

Kochi: A Land of Eco-Friendly Agriculture and Deliciously Fresh Produce

The constant variation in weather, both day and night, is one of the factors that contribute to Kochi being one of Japan’s top agricultural producers. Excluding rice farming, Kochi’s land productivity is number one in Japan with estimates stating that it produces 6.5 million yen/ha in comparison to Japan’s average of 2.5 million yen/ha (according…

Benesse Art Site: A Collective Way of Appreciating Art in Naoshima

Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture in Japan. However, it is boasting in beautiful scenery of unspoiled nature and country lifestyle particularly in the areas of Naoshima and Teshima.   To express the beauty of art in these places, Benesse Holdings Inc. and Fukutake Foundation collected all the art-related activities into one and called it…

3 Unique Attractions in Yashima, Takamatsu’s Lava Plateau

In the suburban area of Takamatsu city lies a flat-topped mountain popularly known as Yashima. It literally means “roof island.” This flat summit offers many attractions related to the mountain’s history as a battleground. It used to be the site of an important 12th century battle in Japan. It also offers spectacular views. Here are…

13 of Japan’s Cat Islands for Serious Cat Lovers

If cat cafes are a happy place for all cat lovers, then a cat island will be paradise for them. Having cats surround you while you’re enjoying nature may be a new experience for many people which is making cat islands a popular tourist attraction. Here is a list of all 13 cat islands in…