Kochi Roads of Shikoku

Road to Tatsukushi

Road to Tatsukushi

This course starts from the Tatsukushi Bridge and leads to Minokoshi Park, and reaches Shimokawaguchi via Tatsukushi Park and then leads to the Pink Coral road.The coastline around Tatsukushi is breathtaking, with a wide variety of beautiful and unusual rocks. Visitors can experience the charm of Tatsukushi at facilities such as Tatsukushi Visitor Center Uminowa at Ashizuri Uwakai National Park, New Ashizuri Marine Museum Satoumi, The Seashell Gallery (Shellfish Museum), and Ashizuri Kaiteikan (underwater observation tower).Enjoy the magnificent natural scenery while detouring from the set route in a relaxed atmosphere.

Road to Tatsukushi(7.2km)


Spots to photograph

Minokoshi guide sign that says "2.5 km to Tatsukushi Bridge, Viewing platform"

If you wish to receive a certificate, please take a photo that includes yourself at the designated photo point for each course.

Nearby sightseeing spots

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    The name "Minokoshi" is said to come from a legend that Kubo-Daishi left this place unseen in the past.There are two routes from Tatsukushi: one is by Glass-Bottom Boat and the other is on foot along the promenade.Fossil ripple marks, a national natural treasure, can be seen over a wide area along the coast.Because of its unique shape, it has been given names such as "Mermaid Palace" and "Love Rock," and offers an impressive landscape.From the viewing platform in the middle of the promenade, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful scenery of Tatsukushi.

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    The Seashell Gallery

    In 2003, the Architectural Institute of Japan and DOCOMOMOjapan recognized the building as one of the top 100 cultural assets to be preserved for future generations.It was designed by pioneering female architect Masako Hayashi.The museum exhibits 50,000 shells of about 3,000 species, including the three treasures of Japan, the Teramachidakara, Otomedakara, and Nippon Dakara, the largest of which is over 1 meter in length, and the smallest of which is less than 1 mm in diameter.

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    Located in Tatsukushi, this is a designated beach for the city of Tosashimizu.It was said that in the old days, the beach was covered with pink shells called Sakura-gai (cherry blossom shells), giving the entire beach a cherry blossom color, hence the name Sakurahama.Although it is no longer cherry blossom-colored, the white sandy beach is beautiful, and sea turtles come to lay their eggs in the summer.Every year on the first Sunday of July, the Sakurahama Beach is opened for the beach-going season, attracting a large crowd of people.

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    Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park, Tatsukushi Visitor Center Uminowa

    This is the visitor center of the Ministry of the Environment, that introduces the rich nature of Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park.The name "Uminowa" means "(to connect) the sea with people, nature with people, and people with people" in Tatsukushi.The sea, which is home to 105 species of coral and 384 species of nudibranchs, the beauty of the earth's formations of "strange rocks" and rich nature spread out before one' s eyes.

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    Ashizuri Aquarium Satoumi

    The new Ashizuri Aquarium Satoumi is an adventure museum of the sea and nature.Visitors can enjoy exhibits that are integrated with the rich nature of Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park, such as a large aquarium linked to the beautiful sea of Tatsukushi that spreads out in front of their eyes, and a virgin forest area where they can feel the nature of Ashizuri firsthand.There are also cafes and stores overlooking the ocean.

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    Ashizuri Kaiteikan

    This is a facility where you can easily see the underwater world of the Tatsukushi Marine Park in your everyday clothes.From the observatory, where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, a spiral staircase leads down to the sea floor at a depth of 7 meters, where colorful fish swimming happily around table corals await.Through the large 60-cm diameter underwater windows in all directions, visitors can view porcupinefish swimming lazily, the beautiful blue neon damselfish, and Girella, the king of rock fishing.Depending on the season, it is possible to see migratory fish such as sardines and silver-stripe round herring, and if you are lucky, you can even see yellowtails and squids that come here for these migratory fish.The underwater world is ever-changing, so visitors will never get tired of watching it.Enjoy a relaxing time under the sea.

Special System to recognize The Roads of Shikoku travelers

Travelers who have completed a prefectural route
Under this system, a certificate is issued to everyone who has completed all the routes of the The Roads of Shikoku on foot in a single prefecture.
If you wish to receive this certificate, please take a photo of yourself (the applicant) at the designated photo checkpoints (the mark for photo checkpoints) along each route. After gathering the required photos for all the routes, write a simple comment on your thoughts regarding the route on each photo as well as your address, full name, age, and the dates on which the photos along the route were taken, and submit them to the representative for the prefecture where the route is found.
After reviewing your application, we will issue you a certificate for having completed the prefectural course.
Travelers who have completed all routes in Shikoku
If you have completed all the routes in the four prefectures of Shikoku, please submit your certificate for each of the four prefectures to the representative for any prefecture.
After reviewing your application, we will issue you a certificate for having completed all routes in Shikoku.

Click here to contact the representative for each prefecture

Ehime Prefecture / Kagawa Prefecture / Tokushima Prefecture / Kochi Prefecture