Mt. Kanbo 寒峰 (Kampou) Day Hike in the Iya Valley

This is an 8.2km day loop hike starting near Ochiai village in the Iya Valley and finishing at the same location. The hike goal was to reach Mt. Kanbo (寒峰, 1604m) or 'Kampou' as the locals call it and return to our starting location. See below for a full post-hike report and links with information about... Continue Reading →

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Surfing in Kochi Prefecture

The south-west area of Kochi Prefecture around Shimanto City and Cape Ashizuri is a great location if you're looking to do some surfing or take a lesson. Ukibuchi Beach (浮鞭ビーチ), Hirano Beach ( 平野サーフビーチ) and Ohki Beach (大岐) are all located conveniently nearby. Recently in late October we visited Kuroshio town near Shimanto City with... Continue Reading →

Kuishiyama 工石山 Easy Day Hike

Not to be confused with the nearby (and more remote) mountain of the same name (see my Oku-Kuishiyama report), Kuishiyama is a 1176.4m peak located in the mountains north of Kochi city on the border with Tosa-cho. If you're looking for an easy half-day hike not too far from the city, that has beautiful scenery... Continue Reading →

Mt. Higashi-Akaishi 東赤石山 to Besshi Mine 旧別子銅山跡 Overnight Hike

This is a 14km overnight loop hike to Mt. Higashi-Akaishi (東赤石山, 1706m) and finishing at the Old Besshi Copper Mine entrance (旧別子銅山跡). The hike also passes Mt. Akaishi (赤石山), Mt. Hachimaki (八巻山) and Mt. Nishi-Akaishi (西赤石山). We stayed at the Ikanatsu Sansou (赤石山荘). The cabin is private so you'll need to call 0897-55-4831 and make... Continue Reading →

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