Cycle the scenic Pacific coastline, the Shikoku Karst grasslands, beside the Shimanto River and through to Cape Ashizuri at the very southern edge of the island
Experience exceptional views of Shikoku’s remote Kochi Prefecture in this challenging yet rewarding 6-day cycling tour. Starting from Kochi city, cycle beside gorgeous coastlines, over sweeping plateaus, and through distant mountain villages to Cape Ashizuri at the southernmost tip of Shikoku.
Kochi Prefecture enjoys a mild climate throughout the year and is situated within the southern curve of Shikoku – the fourth largest of Japan’s main islands. This region is home to some of Japan’s most unspoiled nature, dotted with rural villages with well-preserved local lifestyle and traditions. Kochi is a perfect reflection of life in rural Japan: a quiet, self-sufficient cultural landscape of Shinto and Buddhist traditions, where the rhythm of life is directly tied to the movements of the seasons. Combined with its generous geography of rivers, mountains, oceans, and valleys, Kochi is a wonderful destination for those searching for a hidden side of Japan.
Throughout the tour, you’ll sample unique local cuisine and indulge in the hospitality of contemporary and traditional Japanese inns on each evening. You’ll learn about the regional culture with visits to remote villages within Susaki, Yusuhara and Shimanto, and visit a number of ancient temples on the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage along your journey. Travel in comfort with high-quality bicycles, equipped with our tailored itinerary featuring our curated stops and suggested eateries, and make your own unique discoveries and connections with local people throughout your adventure.
Multiple options also enable you to tailor the ride using local transport to adjust the cycling distances on the day to match your level.
High-quality aluminum cross bike or road bike options are provided as standard with our tour. We also provide a GPS unit, compact bike bag, spare tubes, mini pump, low-wind resistant frame-mount bag and rear saddle bag with each bike for your trip.