Kochi Roads of Shikoku

Kannoura Ponkan Road

Kannoura Ponkan Road

This trail is the starting point of "Shikoku Road" in Kochi Prefecture, and the paved road continues for 2.5 km. Right away you will cross the "Kannoura Bridge", and everyone will be surprised how high the bridge is. "Kannoura Ponkan Road" stretches along the national highway here, providing a view of coastal scenery such as Shirahama Beach and Ikumi Beach, which is famous for surfing, as you walk further south. Shirahama Beach is a shallow beach made up of small white sands, and is visited by many people from within and outside the prefecture. From December to February, a shop opens to sell ponkan oranges, a local specialty and the origin of the road’s name. Give them a try.

Kannoura Ponkan Road(2.5km)


Spots to photograph

Signboard of "Shikoku Road Starting Point"

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

  • 1
    Shirahama Beach

    The vast, shallow beach with calm waves is very popular for swimming and camping. At the entrance of the beach, there is the "Umi-no-Eki Toyo-cho", which was reopened in January 2014, and is used by many tourists. In addition, in December 2021, the DMV (dual mode vehicle = vehicle that can run on both railroad and road) started operation, and has garnered attention as transportation for local residents and a tourist resource.

  • 2
    Ikumi Beach

    It is one of the best surfing spots in western Japan, with a reputation for good wave conditions, and attracts many surfers from within and outside the prefecture as well as overseas. It is well-known as the best place for surfing, and national competitions are held there.

  • 3
    Kannoura Port

    Since the 1950s, ferries to the Hanshin area have arrived and departed from this natural port, but the route was canceled in June 2005 and the regular passenger service that lasted about 50 years has disappeared. Although there is a lighthouse on the hill at the port, it is currently off-limits.

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