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Exploring the Kochi Region (self-drive)


from £1,620 pp

(ex international flights)


6 days

On this short self-drive trip through the Kochi Prefecture of Shikoku, you will get away from the crowds and metropolis of a classic Japanese itinerary and delve into a rural, mountainous region of great beauty. You will explore at your own pace in your own hybrid rental vehicle, allowing you the time to absorb the scenery around you and stop along the way if something piques your interest. Your trip starts in Kochi and ends in Cape Ashizuri at the Southernmost tip of Shikoku. This itinerary really is about the journey - you will pass through diverse landscapes that take in the coast, the mountains, and riverside villages. It's a real rural adventure. The driving is easy to allow you plenty of time to enjoy the sights and sounds of this lesser-visited part of Japan.

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Kochi City, Niyodo River

Day 1 - Kochi City, Niyodo River

  • Collect your rental car from either Kochi City Airport or downtown
  • Self-drive from Kochi City to Niyodo River
  • Standup paddleboarding on the Niyodo River
  • At leisure in Niyodo River region
  • Self-drive from Niyodo River to Kochi City
  • At leisure in Kochi City
Kure Bay

Day 2 - Kure Bay

  • Self-drive from Kochi City to Kure Bay

Day 3 - Yusuhara

  • Self-drive from Kure Bay to Yusuhara
  • Washi experience with a local artisan
  • At leisure in Yusuhara
Shimanto River, Nakamura

Day 4 - Shimanto River, Nakamura

  • Self-drive from Yusuhara to Shimanto City
  • Meditation session at a Soto Zen temple
  • At leisure in Nakamura town
Kashiwa Island, Cape Ashizuri, Nakamura

Day 5 - Kashiwa Island, Cape Ashizuri, Nakamura

  • Self-drive from Shimanto City to Cape Ashizuri
  • At leisure in Kashiwa Island
  • At leisure in Cape Ashizuri
  • Self-drive from Cape Ashizuri to Shimanto City
Shimanto City, Kochi City

Day 6 - Shimanto City, Kochi City

  • At leisure in the Kuroshio-cho area
  • Self-drive from Shimanto City to Kochi City
  • Return your rental car in Kochi City
  • Your trip has come to end