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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Kurozou Marshlands 黒沢湿原 and Tabinoshiri Waterfall たびの尻滝 Half Day Hike

The Kurozou Marshland (Kurozou Shitsugen or 黒沢湿原) is a marshland located in the mountains above Miyoshi City. My first impression when driving into the area was that it reminded me of some place I'd been before perhaps in the USA near Yellowstone (although I couldn't quite put my finger on it). Other parts of the... 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 →

Oku-Kuishiyama(奥工石山) Overnight Hike

This hike to Oku Kuishiyama (奥工石山, 1516m) also Tajikawa Kuishiyama (立川工石山) starts and finishes in Otoyo-cho at the Kuishiyama mountain hut (工石山山荘). Accessing to the mountain hut is by car however it requires driving on dirt/gravel roads for 10km once you pass Tajikawa (立川). During winter the road may be covered in snow and after... Continue Reading →

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