The Shikoku no Michi in Kochi Prefecture brings you to the breathtaking coastlines of Cape Ashizuri and Yokonami Peninsula (which has a ria coast), the meandering Shimanto River as well as Shikoku Karst whose reflection can be seen in the river’s headwaters, the limestone cave Ryuga Cave, and various other natural and historical sites. The entire trail comprises 38 different routes with a total length of 600km.
The Road to Nanako Pass
This mountain trail runs from the town of Kure to Nanako Pass on the border of the former Kubokawa (now Shimanto). In the spring, you can enjoy the beautiful rows of cherry blossom trees at the Osaka Rest Area.
Distance6.8kmTime required2hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsKure Hachimangu Shrine, Osaka cherry blossom trees and black bamboo, Nanako Pass
Spots to photograph Signboard of "Osaka Rest Area"
This coastal trail uses an old national highway, and features the beautiful town of Kure (now Nakatosa Town), which is famous for Yusuke Aoyagi's "Tosa Pole-and-line Fishing," and Futana Islands floating in Kure Bay.
Distance9.2kmTime required2.25hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsAwa Coast, Futana Islands, Kure Hachimangu Shrine
Spots to photograph Signboard of Futana Islands
13The Path from Kiyotaki-san to the Dragon
The trail connects Kiyotakiji Temple No. 35 to Seiryuji Temple No. 36 of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, and the Yokonami Peninsula has a beautiful ria coastline.
Distance18.6kmTime required4.8hoursDifficulty ★★☆HighlightsMatsuo Hachimangu Shrine, Kiyotakiji Temple, Tsukaji Pass, Seiryuji Temple, Goshiki Beach, Kanigaike Pond, Utsugayama
Spots to photograph Signpost for Seiryuji Temple "2.3 km from Fukugoe, Tosa City, 4.3 km to downtown Tosa"
12Kitayama Skyline Road
This trail provides a view of Kochi city after you climb the mountain from Tosa Shrine, along a ridge, passing through a golf course, Kosaka Pass, Bussegoe, and finally to Engyoji Onsenguchi.
Distance19.4kmTime required6hoursDifficulty ★★★HighlightsTosa Shrine, Tsuzukiguchi, Eishidai, Nanatsubuchi, Nanatsubuchi Shrine, Bussegoe, Zenrakuji Temple
Spots to photograph Signboard of Nanatsubuchi Shrine
11Tosa Mahoroba Road
While immersing yourself in the rural scenery, you can tour the site of Ki no Tsurayuki's residence, Kokubunji, the 29th temple of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, the Chosokabe clan’s Oko Castle residence, and many other historic sites.
Distance10.5kmTime required3hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsEigenji Temple, Egg Tower, the site of Ki no Tsurayuki’s residence, Nonaka Shrine, Kokubunji Temple, Oko Castle Ruins
Spots to photograph Main gate of Kokubunji Temple (with "Manisan" written on it)
This hiking trail lets visitors enjoy the wonderful nature of the mountains, starting from the Suita Dam on the Monobe River and passing through Hachioji Shrine, a famous cherry blossom spot.
Distance9.5kmTime required3hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsAkiha Daigongen, Aburaishi, Ishizuchi Shrine
Spots to photograph Signboard of "Aburaishi Rest Area"
5Aki Hometown Road
This tour covers cultural and historical sites such as the remains of samurai residences, the birthplace of Yataro Iwasaki, the founder of the Mitsubishi conglomerate, and the Nora Dokei (field clock) from the Meiji period.
Distance11.7kmTime required3hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsNora Dokei, Aki Castle Ruins, Doi Kachu Samurai Residences, Uchiharano Park, Birthplace of Yataro Iwasaki
Spots to photograph Signboard of "Birthplace of Yataro Iwasaki"
1Kannoura Ponkan Road
The starting point of the course in Kochi Prefecture has an excellent coastline. Shirahama is a beautiful shallow beach suitable for swimming, and you can enjoy ponkan oranges at the stalls along the national highway.
Distance2.5kmTime required0.7hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsShirahama Beach, Ikumi Beach, Kannoura Port
Spots to photograph Signboard of "Shikoku Road Starting Point"
This mountain trail takes visitors from the base of the mountain to Konomine Temple, the 27th temple of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage.
Distance12.3kmTime required5hoursDifficulty ★★★HighlightsYasuda Hachimangu Shrine, Karanohama Beach, Konomine Temple, Karahama Fossils, Tomyoiwa Rock
Spots to photograph Signboard of "Konomine Rest Area"
This is a mountain course via Hoshigakubo, which is said to be a depression formed by a meteorite impact, and the Chojya no Oicho is designated as a natural monument of the prefecture.
Distance6.4kmTime required2.5hoursDifficulty ★★☆HighlightsTashiro Oomatsu, Hoshigakubo, Choja no Oicho
Spots to photograph Place name board of “Hoshigakubo Rest Area”
36Yokogura Shugen Route
This is a mountain trail that circles Yokogurayama, known for being the mountain of Botanist Dr. Tomitaro Makino’s botanical research, and Antoku-sui (Water of Antoku) has been selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan.
Distance10.8kmTime required6.6hoursDifficulty ★★★HighlightsYokoguragu Shrine, Reference site for Emperor Andoku's tomb, Antoku-sui (Water of Antoku), Kabutodake, Oda Park Rest Area, etc.
Spots to photograph Place name board of "Yokoguragu Shrine Rest Area"
35Akatsuchitouge Shishi Dappan Route
A course that takes visitors on a stroll through the rural landscape of the town of Sakawa and the place where the loyalists of the Kin'o Shishi gathered when they left their domains.
Distance11.5kmTime required3hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsDappan Shishi Shugou-no-chi
Spots to photograph Stone monument of “Dappan Shishi Shugou-no-chi ”
34Route to Yachi and Sakawa
As the starting point of a course that branches off from the Shikoku Loop Course and takes a shortcut through Ehime Prefecture, caves and karst can easily be seen, and Makino Park is a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing.
Distance16.2kmTime required4hoursDifficulty ★★☆HighlightsHachimangu Shrine Castle, Saruta-do Cave, Sakawa Naumann Karst Rest Area, etc.
Spots to photograph Place name board of “Sakawa Naumann Karst”
25Road to Tatsukushi
The course that reaches Shimokawaguchi via the coast of Tatsukushi, offers views of oddly shaped rocks. It also has an underwater observatory and underwater park.
Distance7.2kmTime required1.5hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsThe Seashell Gallery (Shellfish museum), Sakurahama, Ashizuri Kaiteikan, Minokoshi, etc.
Spots to photograph Minokoshi guide sign that says "2.5 km to Tatsukushi Bridge, Viewing platform"
33Road to Matsuo Pass
The course that crosses a mountain pass located at the end of the Kochi Prefecture and continues on to the "Old Sukumo Main Road" in Ehime Prefecture offers a wonderful view from the Sumitomo Castle Ruins Viewing Platform.
Distance3.7kmTime required約1hoursDifficulty ★★☆HighlightsRuins of Matsuo Sakaguchi guardhouse, Koyasu Jizodo Hall, Paved Stone Road, Traces of the Rows of Pines, etc.
Spots to photograph Sumitomo Castle Ruins place name sign
26Pink Coral Road
The coastal course from Shimokawaguchi to Kosaitsuno offers a wonderful scenery of sea-carved caves and reefs.
Distance8.6kmTime required2hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsKanaezaki
Spots to photograph "Kanaezaki Rest Area" place name sign
9Ryūga/Yayoi Culture Path Route
A path touring the historical Ryūga Cave (a 4km-long limestone cave) and reaching Kagamino Park, known for its cherry blossoms.
Distance9.5kmTime required2.8hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsDainichiji Temple, Ryūga Cave, Ayano Park
Spots to photograph Kagamino Park place-name sign
A path to enjoy the countryside, departing from, Tsukimiyama Children's Forest, crossing the Sakamoto Ryōma Memorial Museum and reaching Dainichi-ji temple, the 28th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple pilgrimage.
Distance11kmTime required2.8hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsTsukimiyama Children's Forest, Hanachirusato rest area, Hōkyō-ji temple ruins, etc.
Spots to photograph rest area on the summit of the rockslide at Tsukimiyama Children's Forest
7The “Tei-Tsukimiyama” Route
A bikeway route departing from Kotogahama, crossing Tei and its famous bathing beaches and reaching the Tsukimiyama Children's Forest
Distance8.0kmTime required2hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsCycling terminal, Meoto Iwa (Married Couple Rocks), Tei Port, etc.
Spots to photograph Teisaki Lighthouse
6The “Yanagare-Kotogahama” Route
A bikeway route departing from Aki city and leading to the beautiful Kotogahama beach, extending for 4 km, in Matsubara.
Distance10.6kmTime required2.8hoursDifficulty ★☆☆HighlightsYanagare Hill Garden, Kotogahama Matsubara
Spots to photograph Akano rest area place-name sign
Shikoku no Michi in different prefectures
- Ehime Prefecture
- The Shikoku no Michi in Ehime Prefecture is a walking trail that brings you to the Seto Inland Sea where you can enjoy views of islands of various sizes, the Uwa Sea which has complex coastlines, and the beautiful nature of Shikoku Karst. It gives you the chance to explore the history and culture of Shikoku’s Pilgrimage Trail, old roads, and its shrines and temples. The entire trail comprises 33 different routes with a total length of 360km.
- Kagawa Prefecture
- The Shikoku no Michi in Kagawa Prefecture is dotted with numerous beautiful lakes, including Manno Lake which is widely known as Japan’s most famous lake, that exist in harmony with low hills resembling inverted bowls to create a peaceful rural landscape. The entire trail comprises 28 different routes with a total length of 270km.
- Tokushima Prefecture
- The Shikoku no Michi in Tokushima Prefecture is lined with sites such as the Magosaki Observation Deck where you can enjoy panoramic views of magnificent whirlpools, as well as Ryozenji Temple, one of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The trail then leads you to Shosanji Temple where you may meet people embarking on the pilgrimage. The trail continues in the southern part of the prefecture along the coastline, bringing you in close proximity to the blue, sparkling Pacific Ocean. The entire trail comprises 24 different routes with a total length of 320km.