Kochi Roads of Shikoku

The “Yanagare-Kotogahama” Route

The “Yanagare-Kotogahama” Route

This route follows the cycling road facing the magnificent Pacific Ocean which connects Aki City to the beautiful pine grove of Kotogahama. It starts from Kariyon Square of Aki City and continues along a cycling road by the sea that offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. At Akano Rest Area located in the ancient battlefield of “Yanagare” where a violent battle took place between Chosokabe Motochika and Aki Kunitora, you can enjoy panoramic views of Kotogahama’s beautiful pine grove.

The “Yanagare-Kotogahama” Route (10.6km)


Spots to photograph

Akano rest area place-name sign

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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    Akano Rest Area

    From Akano Rest Area, you can enjoy views of the coastline extending from Katsurahama to Kotogahama before your eyes, as well as the rows of mountains in the direction of Hata and Urado-ohashi Bridge in the distant west. In addition, the Geisei House Horticultural Zone can be found to the north of National Route 55.

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    The Pine Grove of Kotogahama

    Also known as Kotonohama, Kotogahama is a sand dune that stretches over 4 km from Nagatani-yori of Geisei Village in the west to the estuary of Akanogawa River in Aki City in the east. Among the 10,000 black pine trees of various sizes grown there are old trees that are 300 to 500 years of age. This beautiful and stunning pine grove is the prefecture’s second “protection forest” that serves as a barrier against wind and sand after the pine grove of Irino in Hata.

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