Quick Info: Amegamori 雨ヶ森

Mt. Amegamori (雨ヶ森, 1387m) in Niyodogawa-cho, Kochi is a fairly straight forward day hike accessible by car. You'll pass through some old rice terraces, forests and a cave shrine. There is one section of exposed rock scrambling before the top. Key Information Trail-head: Iwagawa, Niyodogawa (Google Map link) Difficulty: Fitness (Grade 1-2: Easy-Moderate) Technical (Grade... Continue Reading →

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Heikedaira 平家平, Kanmuriyama 冠山 Day Hike

Have you ever heard The Tale of the Heike or the Genpei war? On April 25th 1185 the Genji clan fleet defeated the Taira (aka Heike)-clan fleet in the Shimonoseki Strait. This was part of a long war waged across Japan to gain control of the Imperial court. After their defeat, members of the Taira clan are... Continue Reading →

Mt. Kobiso 小檜曽山 Winter Day Hike

This is a 5.2km day hike to Mt. Kobiso (小檜曽山, 1550m) starting at Kyobashira pass (京柱峠) in Otoyo-cho (本山町) in Kochi (Shikoku) and finishing at the same place. This hike crosses the prefectural border into Tokushima and gives a great view to Mt Miune, Tenguzuka and the Iya Valley. The Sasa grass covered peak is... 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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