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. Kajigamori 梶ヶ森 Day Hike

This is a 14.9km day hike to Mt. Kajigamori (梶ヶ森, 1399m) starting near Toyonaga Station (豊永駅) and finishing near Ōtaguchi Station (大田口駅) in Ōtoyo-cho, Kochi, Shikoku. We took a small detour on the way up to go to the beautiful Leben Cafe for lunch (to make pizzas! booking information below). We also passed Ryuo-n-taki, one... Continue Reading →

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 →

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