A New Attraction of Shikoku from the Shikoku 88 View Spots (Tokushima, Kochi, Ehime and Kagawa Prefecture)

 A New Attraction of Shikoku from the Shikoku 88 View Spots (Tokushima, Kochi, Ehime and Kagawa Prefecture)
Have you ever heard the Shikoku 88 view spots of project?
In Shikoku, to increase the number of tourists visiting Tokushima, Kochi, Ehime, and Kagawa Prefectures, we have selected the wonderful landscapes that give Shikoku its unique character, the "Shikoku 88 view spots" and are working to promote the charms of each prefecture.

When asked about the Shikoku 88 view spots, "What criteria are used in selecting them? How does it differ from the Shikoku pilgrimage? We would like to introduce the Shikoku 88 view spots in detail.
If you've never been to Shikoku, or even if you have, you're sure to find something new here. We hope you will find this helpful information when you travel in the future.

1. What are the Shikoku 88 view spots?

The Shikoku 88 view spots of Shikoku (Tokushima, Kochi, Ehime, and Kagawa prefectures) that were selected under the auspices of the Shikoku 88 view spots Executive Committee.

The Shikoku 88 View Spots Selection Criteria
The Shikoku 88 view spots are not simply spotted with spectacular views but are considered a set of "Shikoku-like scenery" and "places to view."
For example, places where you can sit on a bench and enjoy the scenery without any obstructions in front of you and places where the stone fences to protect people from falling into the sea, are designed to not interfere with the scenery.
A good view depends on a good relationship with local resources such as the sea, mountains, and buildings, so it is important to consider the "view of the resources from the viewing spots.” The Shikoku 88 view spots have been selected from these two perspectives.

Sceneries that are unique to Shikoku and places to view
Shikoku's unique natural scenery, nostalgic landscapes, and cultural landscapes such as cityscapes and artificial structures (bridges, etc.) were also selected.
Besides, places where anyone can enjoy these sceneries (including those with a fee) and moving objects such as trains, ropeways, and sightseeing boats, are also included.

The Shikoku 88 view spots official website
The Shikoku 88 view spots official Instagram

2. How is it different from the Shikoku pilgrimage?


88 Places in Shikoku

In Shikoku, the Shikoku pilgrimage is famous for its 88 Buddhist temples associated with Kukai.
Initially, pilgrims were mainly ascetic monks, but as people's faith in Kobo-Daishi and Kukai grew, many people from all over Japan visited Shikoku and made pilgrimages to the 88 temples.

By selecting and disseminating information on landscapes and cityscapes unique to Shikoku, as well as its history and culture, the Shikoku 88 view spots project aims to establish the Shikoku brand, expand domestic and international recognition, discover new materials (landscapes), increase and improve the attractiveness of the places where they are viewed, and increase the number of tourists that contribute to the development of the town.


3. Introduction to the 88 selected view spots


Here are the 88 amazing view spots selected in Shikoku (Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, and Kochi prefectures)!
The point is to enjoy a good view in a relaxed and comfortable way. The places selected from well-known sightseeing spots in Japan to unknown areas even among the locals.
Don't just visit the tourist spots; take this opportunity to explore the unique places!

4. The 88 selected view spots in Tokushima prefecture


[No. 1] Thrilling! A view of the powerful whirlpools from 45 meters above the sea

 A view of the powerful whirlpools from 45 meters above the sea

The " Uzu no Michi" is a promenade built in the bridge girder space of the Ohnaruto Bridge over the Naruto Strait between Naruto City in Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. It is a view spot where you can see the powerful whirlpools from a height of 45 meters above the sea through four glass floors installed in the middle of the promenade.
In the Naruto Strait, one of the world's three most enormous tidal currents, you can see the surface of the sea swirling violently at high and low tide, with the whirlpools appearing on the Seto Inland Sea side at high tide (north current) and on the Pacific Ocean side at low tide (south current).

  •  A view of the powerful whirlpools from 45 meters above the sea
  •  A view of the powerful whirlpools from 45 meters above the sea

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Uzu no Michi (Ohnaruto Bridge promenade) (Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 2] Spectacular view! A restaurant overlooking the Naruto Strait

Spectacular view! A restaurant overlooking the Naruto Strait(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

Restaurant "California Table" in Seto-Cho, Naruto City, is a French restaurant located on a mountain with a panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea, the Ohnarto Bridge and Awaji Island.
With a view of the Seto Inland Sea, you can enjoy wine and food. On sunny days, you can sit on the terrace and feel the sea breeze, and since the restaurant is fully glazed, you can also enjoy the beautiful view from inside the restaurant.

 Spectacular view! A restaurant overlooking the Naruto Strait(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)2

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Restaurant "California Table" (Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 3] A view of Kenchopia and Mt. Bizan from the water

A view of Kenchopia and Mt. Bizan from the water(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

The Shinmachi River area running through the center of Tokushima City is nicknamed "Kenchopia".
A yacht harbor has been built in front of the Tokushima Prefectural Government, which is an unusual sight for a city center.
From a cruise boat circling the sandbar surrounded by the Shinmachi River and Suketogawa River, you can enjoy the scenery of Mt. Bizan, the symbol of Tokushima City, and the yachts lined up in front of the prefectural government building. You can feel the atmosphere of the Venice of the East.

  • A view of Kenchopia and Mt. Bizan from the water(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)2
  • A view of Kenchopia and Mt. Bizan from the water

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Hyotanjima cruise (Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 4] A view of “Water City” Tokushima from the Mt. Bizan ropeway

	A view of Tokushima from the Mt. Bizan ropeway

Mt. Bizan, a symbol of Tokushima City, is described in the Manyoshu (collection of ancient Japanese poetry) as "a mountain of Awa that can be seen from every eyebrow and cloud. (The wok “Bi” represents an eyebrow at this time. )
The ropeway connects the base station on the 5th floor of the Awa Odori Building with the summit station at the top of Mt Bizan. When you reach the summit, you can see Tokushima City and the Yoshino River, the Asan Mountains, and Awaji Island on a clear day.

  •  	A view of Tokushima from the Mt. Bizan ropeway4
  • A view of Tokushima from the Mt. Bizan ropeway5

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Mt. Bizan Ropeway (Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 5] Prefectural Kamiyama Forest Park lL Roza no Mori, where you can experience the four seasons

 Prefectural Kamiyama Forest Park lL Roza no Mori, where you can experience the four seasons

Prefectural Kamiyama Forest Park IL Roza no Mori is a vast area of approximately 281 hectares with various facilities and open spaces, making it a popular place for residents to relax.
There is a "Forest Playground" where you can play ball games in the park, a "Forest Learning Center" with exhibits on forests and forestry. A "Wooden Horse Plaza" and a "Mamma Rosa Plaza" with various playground equipment, and a "Hedge Maze," making it a place where both adults and children can play.
Among them, the lawn square, which is about 3.2 hectares, is also known as a spot where you can appreciate plants in all four seasons, making it an attractive place to enjoy strolling throughout the year.

  • Prefectural Kamiyama Forest Park lL Roza no Mori, where you can experience the four seasons 2
  • Prefectural Kamiyama Forest Park lL Roza no Mori, where you can experience the four seasons 4

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Kamiyama Forestte Park Potelette Plaza (Kamiyama-cho, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 6]” Shikoku Saburo Yoshino River”, a river of eternity that spreads out below you

Shikoku Saburo Yoshino River, a river of eternity that spreads out below you

Kawashima Park is located on the north part of Kawashima Castle, one of Awa's nine castles. In the park, there is an observatory built on the top of a 40-meter high rock called "Iwa-no-Hana," from which you can see the Yoshino River and lush mountain scenery.
Since there is nothing in front of the observatory to obstruct the view, it is a perfect location to get a panoramic view of the Yoshino River from high above.

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Iwa-no-Hana Observation Deck (Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 7] Nature's Formative Beauty: The Earth Pillars of Awa

 Nature's Formative Beauty: The Earth Pillars of Awa

The earth pillars of Awa are a form of art created by the earth, as the accumulation of sand and gravel uplifts the land, and the pillars of the earth are revealed by the erosion of rainwater.
Awa's earthen pillars are one of the world's three most beautiful sceneries because they can only be created when several conditions are met.
From the observatory set up to view these spectacular views, you can get a panoramic view of the earth pillars.

  •  Nature's Formative Beauty: The Earth Pillars of Awa2
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Earth Pillars of Awa Observation Deck (Awa City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 8] Udatsu Townscape Illuminated by Lanterns

Udatsu Townscape Illuminated by Lanterns

The "Udatsu Townscape" in Wakimachi, Mima City, Tokushima Prefecture, is where indigo merchants made their fortune during the Edo and Meiji periods, and the scenery of those days has been passed down to the present day.
The 400-meter-long rows of houses are lined with traditional buildings from the mid-Edo to early Showa periods, mainly from the Meiji era. One of the main features is a firewall attached to the border between neighboring houses, called Udatsu. It is said that wealthy merchants competed to build Udatsu as a symbol of their wealth. The prosperity of the time is still evident in Udatsu Townscape.
At nightfall, the streetlights in the style of andon (paper lanterns) start to light up, leading us to a fantastic world that is different from the daytime.

  • Udatsu Townscape Illuminated by Lanterns 2
  • Udatsu Townscape Illuminated by Lanterns 3

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Wakimachi Udatsu Townscape (Mima City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 9] Collaboration of Rock Garden of Honraku-ji Temple and Majestic Yoshino River

Collaboration of The Rock Garden of Honraku-ji Temple and The Majestic Yoshino River

The garden at Honraku-ji Temple is a circular garden created by the gardener Tadakazu Saito with the Asan Mountains and the Yoshino River as its borrowed scenery. It is also called the "Crane and Turtle Garden" because of its borrowed view of the mountains and rivers. Looking out from the temple at the shifting nature and the immovable stones, you can feel the Horai Shinsen philosophy's world view that gives you peace of mind.

  • Collaboration of The Rock Garden of Honraku-ji Temple and The Majestic Yoshino River 2
  • Collaboration of The Rock Garden of Honraku-ji Temple and The Majestic Yoshino River 3

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Honraku-ji Temple, Mt. Renge (Mima City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 10] A Townscape of Two-Tiered Udatsu Pillars

A Townscape of Two-Tiered Udatsu Pillars

The Sadamitsu district prospered from leaf tobacco and cocoons until around 1955, has a two-story Udatsu, rare in Japan. It is a stately structure with fire walls. The front of the two-story Udatsu is decorated with eaves decorations and designs to pray for good fortune and happiness for each house, making it a precious piece of art and craft.
Also, the former Nagai family residence and other merchant families give a sense of how people used to live in the past, while there is a nostalgic atmosphere where people's lives can still be felt today.

  • A Townscape of Two-Tiered Udatsu Pillars(not available except for the Shikoku 88 view spots)
  • A Townscape of Two-Tiered Udatsu Pillars4

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Historic town of Two-Storied Udatsu (Tsurugi Town, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 11] "Kamo-no-Okusu" (Big Camphor Tree) with its large branches spreading toward the sky

Kamo-no-Okusu (Big Camphor Tree) with its large branches spreading toward the sky

The Kamo-no-Okusu (Big Camphor Tree), rooted in the Kamo and Furukawa areas of Higashi Miyoshi Town on the former Wakamiya Shrine site, is an old camphor tree that is said to be about 1,000 years old. It has lived with the town's history from the Genpei period through the Meiji, Taisho, Showa, Heisei, and Reiwa periods.
After the Showa period, the tree's vigor declined due to the development of housing and agricultural land in the area. Around 1970, the town and residents took action to protect the tree, and its branches and foliage have recovered. Although it is not the tallest or thickest tree in Japan, the beautiful shape, with its branches spreading almost evenly, has been called the best in Japan. It still protects the residents as a tree deity.

  • Kamo-no-Okusu (Big Camphor Tree) with its large branches spreading toward the sky 2
  • Kamo-no-Okusu (Big Camphor Tree) with its large branches spreading toward the sky 3

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Okusu Park (Higashi Miyoshi Town, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 12] Take off to the sky! Mizunomaru Fureai Park

Take off to the sky! Mizunomaru Fureai Park(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

Mizunomaru is one of the leading flight bases in Japan. The Asian Paragliding Championships were held here in 2010. The 360-degree view from the top of the mountain allows visitors to see the entire paragliding flight from departure to landing. Many paragliding enthusiasts visit the site, and in recent years it has become possible to experience paragliding. This is a place where you can enjoy activities from spring to autumn.

Take off to the sky! Mizunomaru Fureai Park(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)2

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Mizunomaru Fureai Park (Higashi Miyoshi Town, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 13] Enjoy the beauty of the Oboke Gorge from a boat

Enjoy the beauty of the Oboke Gorge from a boat 4

Oboke Gorge is a breathtaking landscape created by the Yoshino River's torrent over 200 million years. The area is surrounded by greenery, and the sight of the jade-colored Yoshino River and cliffs form a spectacular view that is rare in the world. The view from the sightseeing boat will bring you to the beauty of the crystalline schist canyon in a thousand forms.

  • Enjoy the beauty of the Oboke Gorge from a boat 5
  • Enjoy the beauty of the Oboke Gorge from a boat

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Oboke Gorge Pleasure Boat (Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 14] Japan's Secret World: Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge

 Japan's Secret World: Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge

In the Iya River's upper reaches, the Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge exists quietly in an atmosphere of seclusion. It is said to have been built by the Heike clan to train in Kenzan. There are two bridges, a male bridge and a female bridge, made of woven vine, and they are also called "husband and wife bridge."
The Iya tourist spots are roughly divided into West Iya and East Iya, with Oku Iya located more profound in the mountains. The mountain roads are paved with stairs so that you can get down to the bridge without difficulty.
It is the best location for Japan's three most unexplored areas.

  • Japan's Secret World: Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge 2
  •  Japan's Secret World: Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge 3

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Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge (Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No. 15] Great Panorama from Western Japan's Second Highest Peak, Mt. Tsurugi

Great Panorama from Western Japan's Second Highest Peak, Mt. Tsurugi

Kenzan, at 1955 meters above sea level, is the second-highest mountain in western Japan and one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan. As a mountain of faith, it has several shrines and ascetic practices.


  • Great Panorama from Western Japan's Second Highest Peak, Mt. Tsurugi2
  • Great Panorama from Western Japan's Second Highest Peak, Mt. Tsurugi3

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Mt. Tsurugi Summit (Mima City, Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No.16] Panoramic view stretching from the Kii Channel to the Asan Mountains
Panoramic view stretching from the Kii Channel to the Asan Mountains

Okawahara Plateau, located in Sanakawachimura, Tokushima Prefecture, is a view spot where you can see the Asan Mountain Range, Awaji Island, and the Kii Channel. The wind power generator installed at the top of the mountain adds a special flavor. It is also a great place for night star viewing.
The Okawahara Plateau is rich in plants, especially in July when about 30,000 hydrangeas bloom, turning the whole mountain a beautiful purple color. The area is also famous for its grazing land and is dotted with cows strolling in the mountains. You can see a scene that is full of charm.

  • Panoramic view stretching from the Kii Channel to the Asan Mountains 2
  • Panoramic view stretching from the Kii Channel to the Asan Mountains 3


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Okawara Plateau (Sanakawachimura, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No.17] A magnificent view that can be seen as far as Wakayama from the longest ropeway in western Japan

A magnificent view that can be seen as far as Wakayama from the longest ropeway in western Japan

Tairyu-ji Temple is located at an altitude of 600 meters on Mt. Tairyu, and the road to get there is steep and has long been called the "Koya of the West." The ropeway is an essential part of getting there.
The Tairyuji Ropeway, with a total length of 2,775 meters, is the longest in western Japan. It is one of the few ropeways in Japan that crosses mountains and rivers. From the air, you can enjoy the Kii Peninsula view, including the majestic mountains, the green Yoshino River, the rice fields on the plains, and the scattered houses.

  • A magnificent view that can be seen as far as Wakayama from the longest ropeway in western Japan 2
  • A magnificent view that can be seen as far as Wakayama from the longest ropeway in western Japan 3

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Tairyu-ji Ropeway (Naka-Cho, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No.18]A view of Kobo Daishi from Byodoji Temple

A view of Kobo Daishi from Byodoji Temple

Byodoji Temple, the 22nd No. of Shikoku Sacred Sites, was built on a vow to heal people's minds and bodies equally.
The temple is enshrined in the main sanctuary, which is carved as an example of the legend that the Great Master appears in the air with five colored lights and transforms into the Yakushi Nyorai ( Healing Buddha ).

  •  A view of Kobo Daishi from Byodoji Temple 2
  •  A view of Kobo Daishi from Byodoji Temple 3

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Hakusuizan, Iou-in, Byodo-ji Temple (Anan City, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No.19] The "Hiwasa" cityscape overlooked from Yakuo-ji Temple

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Gyoki founded Yakuoji Temple in 726 at the request of Emperor Shomu. It is known as a temple to ward off evil spirits and is a famous temple visited by many worshippers from all over Japan.


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Iosan, Muryoju-in, Yakuo-ji Temple (Minami-Cho, Tokushima Prefecture,)

[No.20] "Matsu-ga-iso," which changes its shape as the tide rises and falls

Matsu-ga-iso which changes its shape as the tide rises and falls

Mugi-Cho is a thriving seaside town, with many activities to enjoy on its sandy shores rich in nature. The magnificent Matsugaiso stands tall in the sea, and its ever-changing appearance as the tide rises and falls fully expresses the island scenery that is typical of Shikoku.


  • Matsu-ga-iso which changes its shape as the tide rises and falls 2
  • Matsu-ga-iso which changes its shape as the tide rises and falls 3

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Mollusco Mugi, Mugi Town Wooden Model Facilities (Mugi-Cho, Tokushima Prefecture)

[No.21] Takegashima Marine Park Fantasy Cruise by Underwater Sightseeing Boat

Takegashima Marine Park Fantasy Cruise by Underwater Sightseeing Boat(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

Takegashima Marine Park is located in the Muroto-Anan National Park. The Kuroshio Current maintains a mild sea temperature year-round, which is home to coral species such as coral reefs and corals, and tropical fish.
A sightseeing boat is a great way to enjoy a casual stroll in the sea, where you can observe the beautiful clear waters and a variety of tropical fish through the windows on the bottom of the boat and learn more about the area while listening to the guide's explanations. Other marine sports such as diving and snorkeling are also popular in the area.

Takegashima Marine Park Fantasy Cruise by Underwater Sightseeing Boat(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)2

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Blue Marine Underwater Sightseeing Boat (Kaiyo-Cho, Tokushima Prefecture)

5. The 88 selected view spots in Kochi prefecture


[No.22] The tip of Shikoku: Cape Muroto Lighthouse watches over the birth of the earth

The tip of Shikoku: Cape Muroto Lighthouse watches over the birth of the earth

Kanjogahama is a stretch of the coast of Cape Muroto in the eastern part of Kochi Prefecture. It is the site of numerous legends said to have been left behind by Kukai. Once known as a difficult place on the sea, the coast is riddled with oddly shaped rocks. The walking route offers a chance to see subtropical forests and coastal plants. It is an excellent spot for nature lovers and history buffs alike.
Cape Muroto, where Kanjogahama is located, was designated as a National Monument in June 1964 and was recognized as a Global Geopark in September 2011.

  • The tip of Shikoku: Cape Muroto Lighthouse watches over the birth of the earth2
  • The tip of Shikoku: Cape Muroto Lighthouse watches over the birth of the earth3

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Cape Muroto (Kanjogahama) (Muroto City, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.23] Monet's Garden: Scenes from Three Gardens

	Monet's Garden: Scenes from Three Gardens

Monet's Garden is famous in the village of Giverny, France, which was created by Claude Monet, a master of impressionism, to paint his pictures. This garden has been recreated in the natural environment of Kitagawamura in eastern Kochi Prefecture. This is a full-scale garden that the Claude Monet Foundation has recognized in France.
The best time to see the temperate water lilies (red, white, etc.) is from late April to early October. The best time to see the tropical water lilies (blue) is from late June to late October, and the sight of the water lilies floating beautifully on the surface of the water creates a genuinely picturesque scene.

  • Monet's Garden: Scenes from Three Gardens 2
  • Monet's Garden: Scenes from Three Gardens 3

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"Monet's Garden" Marmottan (Kitagawamurae, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.24] Beautiful Pacific Ocean and blue sky with a spectacular view restaurant floating on the sea

 Beautiful Pacific Ocean and blue sky with a spectacular view restaurant floating on the sea(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

SEA HOUSE is a restaurant that looks like it's floating on the ocean, offering a view of the Pacific Ocean and blue sky. With an unobstructed view, you can enjoy dishes made with fresh local ingredients in a space that feels as if you are floating on the sea, with a magnificent view in front of you.
The first floor is tatami rooms, and the second floor is tables, and you can choose your favorite seat and relax. It is a restaurant with a spectacular view that you should visit at least once in your life.

Beautiful Pacific Ocean and blue sky with a spectacular view restaurant floating on the sea(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)2

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SEA HOUSE (Geiseimura, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.25] Todoro-no-Taki Falls, where the legend of the Heike family related to Princess Tamaori lies

	Todoro-no-Taki Falls, where the legend of the Heike family related to Princess Tamaori lies

With a drop of 82 meters, the three-tiered waterfall glowing in blue is home to the Heike legend about Princess Tamaori. It is famous as a scenic spot throughout the four seasons, with cherry blossoms in spring, fresh greenery in summer, and colored leaves in autumn. It is also a prefectural designated place of scenic beauty and is selected as one of the top 100 waterfalls in Japan.
The observatory where you can look down on Todoro-no-Taki Falls is set up in a high position where you can see the entire waterfall, and a low fence has been set up so as not to obstruct the view. You can take a stroll along the promenade that circles the falls and enjoy hospitality such as local specialties and meals at the limited-time teahouses.

  • Todoro-no-Taki Falls, where the legend of the Heike family related to Princess Tamaori lies 2
  • Todoro-no-Taki Falls, where the legend of the Heike family related to Princess Tamaori lies 3

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Todoro-no-Taki Falls Observation Deck (Kami City, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.26] Pacific Ocean and Katsurahama Beach viewed with Ryoma

 Pacific Ocean and Katsurahama Beach viewed with Ryoma

Katsurahama beach stretches in between Cape Ryuzu and Cape Ryuo. The view of the green pine trees and the azure sea is magnificent. It is also featured in the Tosa folk song "Yosakoi-bushi" and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kochi Prefecture.


  • Pacific Ocean and Katsurahama Beach viewed with Ryoma 2
  • Pacific Ocean and Katsurahama Beach viewed with Ryoma 3

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Katsurahama Park (Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.27] A historical view of the castle keep and castle town of Kochi Castle

A historical view of the castle keep and castle town of Kochi Castle

The castle keep of Kochi Castle is one of the 12 remaining existing castle towers in Japan. It has survived fires, earthquakes, the nationwide abandonment of the castle due to the Meiji Restoration, and World War II. It is also known for being the only castle tower and Honmaru Goten (castle owner’s residence and office) still in existence.


  • A historical view of the castle keep and castle town of Kochi Castle 2
  • A historical view of the castle keep and castle town of Kochi Castle 3

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Kochi Castle, Kochi Castle Museum of History (Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.28] Panoramic Vews of Sea of Clouds from Yutorisuto Park Otoyo

Panoramic Vews of Sea of Clouds from Yutorisuto Park Otoyo(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

Yutorisuto Park Otoyo is a popular leisure facility with a 2,000 square meter flower garden and glasshouses divided by theme, tent sites where you can enjoy camping without any equipment, and a kids' athletic facility with various playground equipment.


Panoramic Vews of Sea of Clouds from Yutorisuto Park Otoyo(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

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Yutorisuto Park Otoyo (Otoyo-Cho, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.29] Secluded Blue: Nikobuchi

Secluded Blue: Nikobuchi

Nikofuchi is located on the Edagawa River, a tributary of the Niyodogawa River known for its "Niyodo Blue" and exists as a sacred place with great blue color. The waterfall basin at the bottom of the valley, surrounded by greenery, is so transparent that you can see the bottom. The color changes to green or blue depending on the time of day the sun shines and the angle of the light.
The waterfall is considered sacred by the locals as "the place where the incarnation of the water god lives", so please enjoy the scenery with good manners and never eat, drink, or egest near there

  • Secluded Blue: Nikobuchi 2
  • Secluded Blue: Nikobuchi 3

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Nikobuchi (Ino Town, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.30] Suishobuchi, where you can enjoy Niyodo Blue in Yasui Valley

Suishobuchi, where you can enjoy Niyodo Blue in Yasui Valley

Surrounded by virgin forest and cliffs, Yasui Valley is called the best "Niyodo Blue" spot in the Niyodogawa River area. As you stroll along, you can see moss-covered cliffs, strange rocks, and huge rocks everywhere, making it a powerful place to visit.
Suishoubuchi, which is representative of Niyodo Blue, is extremely clear, and the water flows calmly, with the blue color deepening as the water gets deeper.
The color of the water changes from blue to green depending on the season and time of day, and the mysterious sight is also attractive.

  • Suishobuchi, where you can enjoy Niyodo Blue in Yasui Valley 2
  • Suishobuchi, where you can enjoy Niyodo Blue in Yasui Valley 4

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Yasui Valley (Niyodogawa Town, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.31] Mmajestic and overwhelming appearance: Uryu Falls in Nakatsu Valley

Mmajestic and overwhelming appearance: Uryu Falls in Nakatsu Valley

Along with Yasui Valley, Nakatsu Valley is known as one of the two major valleys in Kochi Prefecture. You can enjoy the varied scenery of Niyodo blue, magnificent forests, huge rocks, and waterfalls.
As you walk the promenade along the canyon, you will see the Uryu falls, which is the symbol of Nakatsu Valey, as a great viewing spot. The waterfall has a modest drop of only about 20 meters, but the water flowing out in many directions is powerful. When there is a lot of water, the water flow splits into two streams, giving it a different appearance.

  • Mmajestic and overwhelming appearance: Uryu Falls in Nakatsu Valley 2
  • Mmajestic and overwhelming appearance: Uryu Falls in Nakatsu Valley 3

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Nakatsu Valley (Niyodogawa Town, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.32] "Shikoku Karst," a playground in the sky

Shikoku Karst, a playground in the sky

Shikoku Karst, located on the border of Kochi and Ehime prefectures, is one of the three highest karsts in Japan, along with Akiyoshidai in Yamaguchi Prefecture and Hiraodai in Fukuoka Prefecture.
Centered on the Tengu Highland and Jyoshi Pass, the area is dotted with white limestone and dolines (mortar-shaped depressions) The natural landscape is endless with silver grass and sasa grass meadows.
The Crossing Shikoku Karst Park, which runs through this karst plateau, is a prefectural road from Tsuno-cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi Prefecture to Seiyo City, Ehime Prefecture. It has been selected as one of the 100 best roads in Japan for its spectacular scenery.

  •  Shikoku Karst, a playground in the sky 2
  •  Shikoku Karst, a playground in the sky 3

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Prefectural Road Crossing Shikoku Karst Park (Kumakogen Town, Ehime Prefecture; Yusuhara Town, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.33] "If you reach out, you can almost reach it! The star-filled skies of Tengu Kogen (Highland)

 The star-filled skies of Tengu Kogen (Highland)

Located at an altitude of about 1,400 meters above sea level, the Shikoku Karst Tengu Highland is a spectacular spot with an unobstructed 360-degree panorama of a star-filled sky.
The inn "Tenguso" is located in the eastern part of Shikoku Karst, and since there are no artificial objects to obstruct the view, the scenery can be seen from the guest rooms and bathrooms. In addition, if the weather and other conditions are right, the gamma star of the Southern Cross will peek out, and you will be overwhelmed by the number of stars in the night sky.
For stargazing, astronomical telescopes, hammocks, benches, stoves, etc., are available, and nightly information about the starry sky is provided to enjoy the view.

  • The star-filled skies of Tengu Kogen (Highland) 2
  •  The star-filled skies of Tengu Kogen (Highland) 3

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Tengusou Highland House(Tsuno Town, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.34] Shimanto River viewed from Ochakuri Cafe

Shimanto River viewed from Ochakuri Cafe(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

At the “Ochakuri Café,” located in the middle basin of the Shimanto River, adjacent to Roadside Station Shimanto Towa, you can savor handmade sweets made with locally grown sweet chestnuts or black tea. Also, you can enjoy tea while looking at the Shimanto River flowing in front of you.
It is a place where you can enjoy the scenery of the Shimanto River, which shows different expressions each season and eat sweets that can only be tasted here. This is the place where you can enjoy the luxury and relaxation that only this region can offer.

Shimanto River viewed from Ochakuri Cafe(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)2

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Shimanto Ochakuri café (Shimanto Town, Kochi Prefecture)

[No 35] Canoeing in Japan's clearest water that can only be experienced here

Canoeing in Japan's clearest water that can only be experienced here

The Shimanto River is the longest river in Shikoku that runs through the western part of Kochi Prefecture and is also known as the "clearest water” in Japan. Traditional fishing methods are still practiced, and many sinking bridges remain from upstream to downstream.
A canoe or sightseeing boat trip down the river will allow you to experience the magnificent scenery up close. With almost no human-made structures around, you will feel at one with nature and open-minded.

  • Canoeing in Japan's clearest water that can only be experienced here 2
  • Canoeing in Japan's clearest water that can only be experienced here 3

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Kawarakko Shimanto Canoe and Camping Village (Shimanto City, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.36] View of willow forest and field of canola flowers from the banks of the Shimanto River

View of willow forest and field of canola flowers from the banks of the Shimanto River

In the warm spring sunshine, a natural willow forest stretches about 2 km along the clear Shimanto River.
At the foot of the forest are 10 million canola flowers, and when they are in full bloom, events such as the canola flower Festival are held.
As you stroll along, feeling the contrast between the fresh green willow and the yellow canola flowers, you will feel a nostalgic atmosphere that will soothe your soul.

  •  View of willow forest and field of canola flowers from the banks of the Shimanto River 2
  •  View of willow forest and field of canola flowers from the banks of the Shimanto River 3

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Shimanto River Bed (Nyuta Willows) (Shimanto City, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.37] Seaside gallery where you can feel the art in the pristine nature

Seaside gallery where you can feel the art in the pristine nature

The Seaside Gallery in Kuroshio Cho is an art museum without buildings. Visitors can enjoy nature as a work of art, using their imagination, with the sound of waves as background music, pine groves receiving the sea breeze, rakkyo (Chinese onion) fields spreading along the beach, and drifted objects washed up on the beach.
The T-Shirt Art Festival, usually held during the Golden Week holidays in May, is a famous event in early summer when about 1,000 T-shirts with illustrations and photos printed by the public are lined up along a 4-kilometer stretch of sandy beach under the concept of "a beautiful Seaside Gallery.” The fluttering of the T-shirts under the blue sky is completed as a piece of modern art and brings wonderful scenery.
Various other art events are also held several times a year, such as the Autumn Sea Breeze Quilt Exhibition and the Drifting Objects Exhibition.

  •  Seaside gallery where you can feel the art in the pristine nature 2
  • Seaside gallery where you can feel the art in the pristine nature 3

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Seaside Gallery (Irino-no-Hama Beach in Kuroshio, Kochi)

[No.38] Hoshigaoka Park with its seasonal wildflowers

Hoshigaoka Park with its seasonal wildflowers

Surrounded by mountains, Hoshigaoka Park is filled with seasonal wildflowers that bloom as far as the eye can see. Among them is the famous water lily, with more than a dozen varieties of blue, pink, and yellow colors floating on the surface of the pond, creating an artistic and unique scene that is sure to delight.
Other plants to be seen include the mountain hydrangea, the himeno button, and the rare and precious victoria. The garden is a very cozy space, with seasonal wildflowers that are no longer found in the wild.

  • Hoshigaoka Park with its seasonal wildflowers 2
  • Hoshigaoka Park with its seasonal wildflowers 3

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Hoshigaoka Park (Himeno Peony Village) (Mihara Village, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.39] Oki Beach, the white sandy beach also chosen by sea turtles

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Oki Beach, the white sandy beach also chosen by sea turtles

Located on the east side of Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park, Oki Beach is a beautiful beach with pure white sand and green forests curving out for about 1.6 km. The Oki Coast is also a spawning ground for the endangered loggerhead turtle, and is one of the few beaches in Japan where peoples can carch natural clams.
It is also a popular surfing spot, attracting many surfers from inside and outside of the prefecture. Moreover, it is a famouse place for clam digging and camping.
The harmony of the endless Pacific Ocean and the white sandy beach is wonderful, and you can enjoy the scenery from the gazebo overlooking the entire beach.

  • Oki Beach, the white sandy beach also chosen by sea turtles 2
  • Oki Beach, the white sandy beach also chosen by sea turtles 3

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Oki Beach Gazebo (Tosashimizu City, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.40] Cruise to the unexplored sea: Cape Ashizuri, a beauty formed by the Kuroshio Current

 Cruise to the unexplored sea: Cape Ashizuri, a beauty formed by the Kuroshio Current(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

Cape Ashizuri, located at the southernmost tip of Shikoku, offers a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, and the area is designated as Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park. From the symbolic observatory, you can see more than 270 degrees and admire the magnificent ocean.
On the other hand, a new way to enjoy the spectacular scenery is to take a "cruise to the unexplored sea.” The tour, which takes you to huge caves and cliffs formed by the upheaval and rough waves of the Kuroshio Current, is gaining popularity. As you listen to the captain's explanation, you can enjoy sightseeing with a sense of adventure and discover the secrets of Cape Ashizuri that were only known to local fishers and anglers.

Cruise to the unexplored sea: Cape Ashizuri, a beauty formed by the Kuroshio Current(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)2

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Cape Ashizuri Cruise (Tosashimizu City, Kochi Prefecture)

[No. 41] Did Kobo Daishi also miss it? A boat journey to the strange rocks of Minokoshi Kigan park

Did Kobo Daishi also miss it? A boat journey to the strange rocks of Minokoshi Kigan park

Minokoshi Coast is located along the coast of Tatsukushi Bay, designated as Japan's first marine park. The name "Minokoshi(left unseen)" is said to have originated because Kobo Daishi (Buddhist monk), who visited the area around Tatsugushi, overlooked the area because it was too difficult to get.
Even today, the road from Tatsugushi is still a difficult one, but since around 1955, glass-bottomed boats have been used to cross it. After landing and strolling along the promenade, you can see various strange rocks created by erosion up close.

  • Did Kobo Daishi also miss it? A boat journey to the strage rocks of Minokoshi Kigan park 2
  • Did Kobo Daishi also miss it? A boat journey to the strage rocks of Minokoshi Kigan park 3

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Minokoshi Coast Footpath (Tosashimizu City, Kochi Prefecture)

[No.42] Mirage Sunset and Kanyoto Island in Sukumo Bay

 Mirage Sunset and Kanyoto Island in Sukumo Bay(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

In Sukumo Bay, a mirage-like sunset appears at dusk in winter, when two circles melt into one another as they sink into the Pacific Ocean. It is called "Mirage Sunset" because of its silhouette. This is a scarce sight. When there is a significant difference in temperature between the air and the seawater, the sunset view appears for only a few seconds due to the refraction of light. It can only be seen about a dozen times from mid-November to late February.
At the Sukumo Resort Yashi no Yu, which overlooks Sukumo Bay, you can see the blue sea and islands such as Kanyoto Island from the room's balcony. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the mysterious view of the mirage sunset. In addition to the rooms, you can also enjoy the best scenery from the restaurant and outdoor bath.

Mirage Sunset and Kanyoto Island in Sukumo Bay(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)2

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Sukumo Resort Yashi-no-Yu (Sukumo City, Kochi Prefecture)

6. The 88 selected view spots in Ehime prefecture


[No.43] A panoramic view of rows of cliffs and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean

A panoramic view of rows of cliffs and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean

Located in Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park in Ehime Prefecture, this is the perfect location to overlook the high waves of the Pacific Ocean hitting the rocks of the cliffs. Cape Komo juts out into the sea, the majestic Pacific Ocean, and the boundless blue sky. Like a painting created by nature, a unique and spectacular view unfolds in front of you. It is a wonderful scenic spot where migratory birds rest their wings and you can enjoy the view of the cliffs where wild chrysanthemums bloom and the ocean glistening in the setting sun.

  • A panoramic view of rows of cliffs and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean 2
  •  A panoramic view of rows of cliffs and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean 3

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Cape Komo (Ainan Town, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.44] Sotodomari, a village of stone walls protecting people from monsoon

 Sotodomari, a village of stone walls protecting people from monsoon

A village of stone walls in Ehime Prefecture's Ainan Town is a village left from the war era. The houses are built with stone walls piled up like a castle wall to protect people's lives from typhoons, tidal damage, and seasonal winds.
Walking between the stone walls on the steep slopes, which are piled up high to almost reach the eaves of the houses. You will find yourself in a labyrinth of stones. The stone-walled streets of the Sotodomari area, which also won the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award for Japan's Beautiful Villages, have a unique atmosphere.

  •  Sotodomari, a village of stone walls protecting people from monsoon 2
  •  Sotodomari, a village of stone walls protecting people from monsoon 3

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Sotodomari Stone-Walled Village (Area Pathways) (Ainan Town, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.45] Plowing to Heaven: Yusumizugaura Terraced Fields

Plowing to Heaven: Yusumizugaura Terraced Fields

The terraced fields of Yusumizugaura, located in the Yusu district of Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture, are formed on the steep slope of a cape by stone walls like castle walls, terraced about 1 m width and 1.5 m high, stretching up to the top of a mountain 90 m above sea level.
The weight of history that people have painstakingly carved out and the spectacular beauty of the formations are overwhelming. This landscape has been selected as one of Japan's 100 rural sceneries and as an important cultural landscape of Japan.

  • Plowing to Heaven: Yusumizugaura Terraced Fields 2
  • Plowing to Heaven: Yusumizugaura Terraced Fields 3

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Yusumizugaura Terraced Fields (Pathways) (Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.46] Narukawa Gorge, a beautiful gorge that can be enjoyed in all four seasons

Narukawa Gorge, a beautiful gorge that can be enjoyed in all four seasons

The Narukawa Gorge, with its headwaters at Mt. Takatsuki and Umeganaru pass, is located in the upper reaches of the Nara River and has a large volume of water, with the Mt. Onigajo range rising to the south of the river. The clear water flowing from these mountains carves the valley deeply. It polishes the granite rock surface white. It harmonizes with the greenery of the trees to create an outstanding natural beauty of the gorge.

  • Narukawa Gorge, a beautiful gorge that can be enjoyed in all four seasons 2
  • Narukawa Gorge, a beautiful gorge that can be enjoyed in all four seasons 3

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Narukawa Gorge (Kihoku Town, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.47] Yukiwa no Taki falls, a magnificent sight created by nature

Yukiwa no Taki falls, a magnificent sight created by nature

A large gorge, which stretches from Uwajima City to Matsuno Town in Kita-Uwa County, Ehime Prefecture, is located in the upper reaches of the Meguro River, which is a tributary of the Shimanto River. It is characterized by smooth granite riverbeds washed and cleaned by erosion. It offers a beautiful sight of clear streams flowing ceaselessly over vast rock surfaces.
In addition, the Yukiwa no Taki falls, which gracefully slides down the slope of a huge monolith, is a symbol of Nametoko gorge and is designated as one of the "100 best waterfalls in Japan.

  •  Yukiwa no Taki falls, a magnificent sight created by nature 2
  • Yukiwa no Taki falls, a magnificent sight created by nature 3

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Nametoko Gorge (Matsuno Town, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.48] A beautiful moss garden surrounded by silence

A beautiful moss garden surrounded by silence

The stone piles used to be terraced rice fields are lined with trees, and the fantastic scenery is mesmerizing. The moss everywhere shows that the garden has been carefully tended, and you can enjoy the view from inside the gallery cafe "Kokemushiro" while drinking coffee and tasting moss buns.
You can also take a stroll through the moss garden and enjoy the natural landscape of Japanese cedars and moss around the cafe.

  • A beautiful moss garden surrounded by silence 4
  • A beautiful moss garden surrounded by silence 3

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Kokemushiro (Seiyo City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.49] Garyu and Furoan experienced on a houseboat

Garyu and Furoan experienced on a houseboat

From a houseboat, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Goryu Fuchi on the Hijikawa River, known for its cormorant fishing, and Furoan, a villa perched on a cliff. The Furoan, built on a cliff overlooking the Garyu Fuchi, is a national important cultural property.
On a calm windy day, the fresh greenery and autumn leaves are reflected like a mirror on the river's surface, making for an elegant sight from a houseboat. In addition, the Ozu Cormorant Fishery is one of the three major cormorant fisheries in Japan, and you can enjoy the rare combination of a cormorant boat and a houseboat running side by side. This is a rare sight in Japan.

  • Garyu and Furoan experienced on a houseboat 2
  • Garyu and Furoan experienced on a houseboat 3

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Houseboat (Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.50] Old-fashioned townscapes rife with Uchiko's traditional culture

 Old-fashioned townscapes rife with Uchiko's traditional culture

The area is lined with magnificent merchant houses, storehouses, and machiya (townhouses) built from the end of the Edo period (1800-1868) through the Meiji and Taisho periods(1868-1926). It has been selected as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.
Along the 600-meter-long street, traditional townhouses and mansions of wealthy merchants still stand. The streets are quaint, that you will want to take a stroll through them.

  •  Old-fashioned townscapes rife with Uchiko's traditional culture 2
  • Old-fashioned townscapes rife with Uchiko's traditional culture 3

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Townscapes of Yokaichi and Gokoku (Uchiko Town, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.51] Terraced fields of Mukainada in Yawatahama City

Terraced fields of Mukainada in Yawatahama City

The terraced fields of Mukainada spread out on the slopes of the mountains facing the sea and are known as one of the most famous tangerine production areas in Japan. In autumn and winter, when the tangerines are picking season, the entire slope turns orange and is covered with tangerines. The blue sky, the deep blue sea, and the stone-piled terraced fields create a wonderful contrast.
The "Roadside Station Minato Oasis Yawatahama Minatto" at Yawatahama Port provides a panoramic view of the terraced fields of Mukainada, and also offers seafood rice bowls and barbecue, as well as specialty products.

  • Terraced fields of Mukainada in Yawatahama City 4
  •  Terraced fields of Mukainada in Yawatahama City 3

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Michi-no-Eki, Minato Oasis Yawatahama Minatto (Yawatahama City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.52] Cape Sada Lighthouse, which watches over the Hoyo strait on the westernmost tip of Shikoku

Cape Sada Lighthouse, which watches over the Hoyo strait on the westernmost tip of Shikoku

The observatory, set on the small Mt. Tsubaki, is located at the westernmost point of Shikoku and at the tip of the Cape Sada Peninsula. Located higher than the Cape Sada Lighthouse, the observatory offers a panoramic view of the lighthouse, the Hoyo Strait, and the Saganoseki Peninsula in Oita Prefecture. At dusk, the setting sun melts into the sea, creating a different place from the daytime.
On the boardwalk, surrounded by nature, you can enjoy the sun shining through the trees and walk through the forest. You can look down on the beautiful ocean below while feeling the sea breeze. Before you get to the lighthouse, there is a fork in the road, so be sure to stop by.

  •  Cape Sada Lighthouse, which watches over the Hoyo strait on the westernmost tip of Shikoku 2
  • Cape Sada Lighthouse, which watches over the Hoyo strait on the westernmost tip of Shikoku 3

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Mt. Tsubaki Observation Deck (Ikata Town, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.53] A panoramic view of Matsuyama City from Matsuyama Castle on Mt. Katsuyama

A panoramic view of Matsuyama City from Matsuyama Castle on Mt. Katsuyama

Matsuyama Castle stands on Mt. Katsuyama (132 meters above sea level) in Matsuyama City and is built by Kato Yoahiakira, one of the Seven Spears, famous for the battle of Shizugatake (1583). It is one of only 12 existing castle towers in Japan and has 21 important cultural assets, including the castle tower. The main castle is located at the top of the mountain, so it is convenient to use the ropeway or lift that runs to the 8th station. The castle tower is also open at night for seasonal events to entertain visitors.

  • A panoramic view of Matsuyama City from Matsuyama Castle on Mt. Katsuyama 2
  • A panoramic view of Matsuyama City from Matsuyama Castle on Mt. Katsuyama 3

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Matsuyama Castle (Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.54] Dogo Onsen Honkan, the symbol of Dogo, said to be the oldest in Japan

 Dogo Onsen Honkan, the symbol of Dogo, said to be the oldest in Japan

The Dogo Onsen Honkan is Japan's oldest hot spring facility with a history of 3,000 years. The main attraction of the Dogo Onsen Honkan is that it was the first public bathhouse in Japan to be designated as a national important cultural property in 1994. Still, it continues to operate as an active public bathhouse. The "Kami no Yu" is a stone-built bathhouse decorated with Tobe ware ceramic panels and a large cylindrical "Yugama (hot water pot)," which creates a unique atmosphere in the Dogo Onsen Honkan.

  •  Dogo Onsen Honkan, the symbol of Dogo, said to be the oldest in Japan 2
  •  Dogo Onsen Honkan, the symbol of Dogo, said to be the oldest in Japan 3

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Dogo Onsen Honkan Area (Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.55] Mitsu no Watashi, a ferry that runs along city streets

 Mitsu no Watashi, a ferry that runs along city streets 2

The Mitsu no Watashi (Takahama City Route No. 2) has been in use since the Muromachi period (1336-1573). Even today, as part of Takahama City Route No. 2, a ferry runs about 80 meters between Mitsu and Minatoyama in the Matsuyama Port. It is free of charge and opens all year round, and about 40,000 people use it every year. Residents love it as a means of livelihood, and visitors to Matsuyama can also enjoy the atmosphere of the port town.

  •  Mitsu no Watashi, a ferry that runs along city streets
  •  Mitsu no Watashi, a ferry that runs along city streets 3

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Mitsu no Watashi (Takahama City Route No. 2) (Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.56] Enjoy the quickwater of the Kurushima strait from a boat

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 Enjoy the quickwater of the Kurushima strait from a boat

You can experience the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea's many islands and the quickwater of the Kurushima strait, famous as one of Japan's three largest rapid streams, up close.
In addition to the industrial scenery of the shipyards and Hashihama Port, the guide will give you detailed explanations, so you can fully enjoy sightseeing while riding the boat.

  •  Enjoy the quickwater of the Kurushima strait from a boat 2
  •  Enjoy the quickwater of the Kurushima strait from a boat 3

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Kurushima Strait Quickwater Ship (Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.57] Kurushima Strait seen from Mt. Kiro

Kurushima Strait seen from Mt. Kiro

This is an observatory park on the top of Mt. Kiro, located at the southern tip of Oshima. You can see the Kurushima Strait Bridge from the top, making it one of the best viewpoints on the Shimanami Kaido.
If the weather is good, you can see as far as Mt. Ishizuchi, the highest mountain in western Japan. You can also see the sunset over the sea and the Kurushima Strait Bridge lit up on designated days so that you can enjoy the scenery at any time of the day. At night, the night view of Imabari City creates a romantic atmosphere.

  •  Kurushima Strait seen from Mt. Kiro 2
  •  Kurushima Strait seen from Mt. Kiro 3

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Mt. Kiro Observatory Park (Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.58] Cyclist sanctuary and the Tatara Bridge

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Cyclist sanctuary and the Tatara Bridge


From Roadside Station Tarara Shimanami Park, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the world's largest scale cable-stayed bridge, the Tarara Bridge, which connects Hiroshima Prefecture with Oshima Island in Ehime Prefecture, and the lush scenery of the Seto Inland Sea.
It is gaining popularity as a perfect viewpoint, and the bright sunlight and sparkling sea are spectacular. The park also has a restaurant where you can savor fresh local food, a specialty food center, a local agricultural and marine products market, and the Kamiura Fureai Food Village Market, making it an excellent spot for families.

  •  Cyclist sanctuary and the Tatara Bridge 2
  •  Cyclist sanctuary and the Tatara Bridge 3

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Michi-no-Eki Tatara Shimanami Park (Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.59] A peaceful view of the Seto Inland Sea seen from a remote island

 A peaceful view of the Seto Inland Sea seen from a remote island

The Inland Sea Resort Fespa is located on the remote island of Yugeshima in the Seto Inland Sea. The pristine nature of the island, the sea breeze, the sunshine, and the sound of the waves will soothe your body and soul as you enjoy the hospitality of all five senses.
You can enjoy the feeling of a resort that you can't usually experience, such as barbecuing seafood and local specialties from the nearby sea, taking a hot bath with a view of the ocean, and activities in the surrounding area. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the Setouchi Resort, cherishing the extraordinary moments you spend on the remote islands.

  •  A peaceful view of the Seto Inland Sea seen from a remote island 2
  •  A peaceful view of the Seto Inland Sea seen from a remote island 3

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Inland Sea Resort Fespa (Kamijima Town, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.60] Enjoy the beauty of Hiuchi nada archipelago and the Ishizuchi Mountain Range

 Enjoy the beauty of Hiuchi nada archipelago and the Ishizuchi Mountain Range

Located in the Seto Inland Sea National Park, Kyukamura Setouchi Toyo is a resort hotel with ocean views in every room. It offers a distant view of the Ishizuchi mountain range with Mt. Ishizuchi, the highest mountain in western Japan, and a fantastic view of the calm Seto Inland Sea and the magnificent Douzen Plain. With an unobstructed view of the surrounding area, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea from the guest room, the lobby, and the restaurant. Saijo city is proud of the subterranean water of Mt. Ishizuchi, which has been selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan, and you can taste the colorful fresh vegetables grown in the clean water.

  •  Enjoy the beauty of Hiuchi nada archipelago and the Ishizuchi Mountain Range 2
  •  Enjoy the beauty of Hiuchi nada archipelago and the Ishizuchi Mountain Range 3

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Kyukamura Setouchi Toyo (Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.61] Ice sculpture art in the bitter cold Shirai no Taki Fall

	Ice sculpture art in the bitter cold Shirai no Taki Fall

Located in Toon City, Ehime Prefecture, the 96-meter-high Shirai no Taki Falls is in the Saragamine Mountain Range Prefectural Natural Park. You can feel the incredible power of nature from the sight of its falling. Each of the four seasons brings beautiful scenery, but the winter scenery is especially fantastic. When the cold weather lasts for several days, the water freezes, and the entire waterfall looks like an ice sculpture.

  •  Ice sculpture art in the bitter cold Shirai no Taki Fall 2
  •  Ice sculpture art in the bitter cold Shirai no Taki Fall 3

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Shirai-no-taki Falls (within Saragamine Range Prefectural Natural Park) (Toon City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.62] Namegawa Gorge, a world of art created by nature

Namegawa Gorge, a world of art created by nature

It is a beautiful riverbed called Namera that stretches about 1km in length, with irregular rock surfaces of sand and gravel rocks that have been eroded over a long time. You can enjoy the world of art created by nature, such as running water in small hollows of the riverbed creating the swirl and the potholes created by pebbles scraping the inside of the river.
Each of the four seasons has its own wonderful scenery: spring with its beautiful soft fresh greenery, summer with its contrast to the dark green forest, autumn with its bright red leaves, and winter with its all-white surroundings. You can feel the flow of the time and see the expression of the gorge in each of the four seasons.

  •  Namegawa Gorge, a world of art created by nature 2
  •  Namegawa Gorge, a world of art created by nature 3

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Namegawa Gorge (Toon City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.63] Right before the sacred Mt. Ishizuchi - From the historic Yokomineji Temple Road to the scenic Hoshigamori

Right before the sacred Mt. Ishizuchi - From the historic Yokomineji Temple Road to the scenic Hoshigamori

Yokomineji Temple, the No. 60th sacred temple of the 88 view spots in Shikoku, is located at an altitude of around 745 meters and is the second-highest location of the 88 sacred sites after Unpenji Temple.
Hoshigamori, the inner sanctuary of Yokomineji Temple, is where Kobo Daishi (Buddhist monk) made a "Hoshikuyou (star mass)" to the stars to ward off evil and bring good luck. The Torii gate on the cliff stands tall in the forest. The old road is well preserved, and the remaining pilgrimage culture is highly valued.

  •  Right before the sacred Mt. Ishizuchi - From the historic Yokomineji Temple Road to the scenic Hoshigamori 2
  •  Right before the sacred Mt. Ishizuchi - From the historic Yokomineji Temple Road to the scenic Hoshigamori 3

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Mt. Ishizuchi Fukuchi-in Yokomine-ji Temple (Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.64] View from Mt. Ishizuchi, the highes tmountain in western Japan

View from Mt. Ishizuchi, the highes tmountain in western Japan

Mt. Ishizuchi, the highest mountain in western Japan, rises to an altitude of 1982 m. From the main peak, Mt. Tengu, you can see Mt. Ishizuchi range and the Seto Inland Sea, as well as the mountains of the Chugoku and Kyushu regions in the distance. It is also revered as a mountain of faith and is one of the seven sacred mountains in Japan. There is also a ropeway that allows you to look down on the mountains from above.

  •  View from Mt. Ishizuchi, the highes tmountain in western Japan 2
  •  View from Mt. Ishizuchi, the highes tmountain in western Japan 3

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Mt. Ishizuchi (Seven Sacred Mountains of Japan) (Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.65] Machu Picchu of the ]east "Minetopia Besshi Tonaru Region"

Machu Picchu of the ]east Minetopia Besshi Tonaru Region

From 1916 to 1930, the mining headquarters of the Besshi Copper Mine was located, and the town was festive with company housing, an elementary school, a theater, and a reception hall.
One of the representative industrial heritages of the Tonaru area is the massive granite ore depot, which is thought to have been constructed at about the same time as the related facilities of the Tonaru ore dressing plant the cableway between Tonaru and Kuroishi, which was completed in 1905.

  • Machu Picchu of the ]east Minetopia Besshi Tonaru Region 2
  •  Machu Picchu of the ]east Minetopia Besshi Tonaru Region 3

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Minetopia Besshi (Tounaru Region) (Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture)

[No.66] Japan's top paper mills and the Seto Inland Sea seen from Mishima Park

 Japan's top paper mills and the Seto Inland Sea seen from Mishima Park

Mishima Park is located on a small hill overlooking the urban area of Shikoku Chuo City. The park has a plaza with playground equipment and a promenade where visitors can take a stroll through nature, making it a popular place for both adults and children to relax. The park offers a panoramic view of the paper mills that symbolize the paper town and is also famous for its cherry blossoms, with about 500 cherry trees turning the park a pale pink color from late March to early April every year.

  •  Japan's top paper mills and the Seto Inland Sea seen from Mishima Park 2
  •  Japan's top paper mills and the Seto Inland Sea seen from Mishima Park 3

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Mishima Park (Shikokuchuo City, Ehime Prefecture)

7. The 88 selected view spots in Kagawa prefecture


[No. 67] The Honenike dam looks like an old European castle

 The Honenike dam looks like an old European castle

Honenike dam, located in Onohara-Cho, Kanonji City, was started in 1926 and completed in 1929. The dam has a central structure consisting of five arches and six buttresses, making it the oldest existing masonry-type multiple arch dam in Japan.
Part of the outer surface is made of concrete stones. The dam, which has been exposed to the elements for many years, has the appearance of an old castle in medieval Europe. The contrast with its surrounding mountains is beautiful, and the scenery is magnificent in every season.

  •  The Honenike dam looks like an old European castle
  •  The Honenike dam looks like an old European castle

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Honenike Yusui Park (Kanonji City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.68] Zenigata Sunae, a giant sand coin seen from Mt. Kotohiki

 Kotohiki Park

The ZenigataSunae on Ariake Beach in Kanonji City, Kagawa Prefecture, is a sand painting in the shape of a Kanei Tsuho coin, which is said to have been created in 1636. The Kanei Tsuho coin depicted in the sand is 122 meters long and 90 meters wide in an oval shape.
The beautiful circular shape can be seen from the observatory at the top of Kotohiki Park and is beneficial for "health and longevity" and "no lack of money."
It is lit up green every day from sunset to 22:00, and for a limited time, the view lit up in gold or blue is also fantastic.

  •  Kotohiki Park
  • Kotohiki Park

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Kotohiki Park Zenigata Observation Deck (Kanonji City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.69] View from the shrine gate in the sky, power spot with a spectacular view

 View from the shrine gate in the sky, power spot with a spectacular view

Takaya Shrine, where the shrine gate in the sky is located, sits on the top of Mt. Inazumi at an altitude of 404 meters above sea level and is also popularly known as Inazumi Shrine or Inazumi-san (Mr./Ms. Inazumi).
You can enjoy a panoramic view of Kanonji city and the lush Seto Inland Sea from the main shrine. You will feel as if you are looking down from the sky because of a high altitude.
The road to Mt. Inazumi is well maintained, so it is easy to stop by car and is recommended for sightseeing.

  •  View from the shrine gate in the sky, power spot with a spectacular view 2
  •  View from the shrine gate in the sky, power spot with a spectacular view 3

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Mt. Inazumi Observation Deck (Kanonji City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.70] Magic hour before sunset: Sunset at Chichibugahama beach

 Magic hour before sunset: Sunset at Chichibugahama beach

Chichibugahamah is a beach located in Nio Cho, Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture, and is a popular spot for people to swim during the summer.
In recent years, photos of the mirror-like surface of the sea have become a topic of conversation on social networking sites, and people are interested in the possibility of taking pictures like those of the famous Uyuni Salt Lake in Bolivia, South America.
The beautiful sunset view is during the 30 minutes before and after sunset when there is no wind, and the tide is low, and the sunset and clouds are reflected in the water in harmony, creating a magical scene like being in a painting.
Please try to find the best shot from various angles.

  •  Magic hour before sunset: Sunset at Chichibugahama beach2
  •  Magic hour before sunset: Sunset at Chichibugahama beach3

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Chichibugahama Beach (Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.71] Stunning the Seto Inland Sea islands from atop Mt. Shiude

 Stuning the Seto Inland Sea islands from atop Mt. Shiude 4

The serene Seto Inland Sea and its islands are one of the most wonderful sceneries representing Shikoku.
From the summit of Mt. Shiude (352m above sea level), you can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful scenery, and the seasonal scenery is another attraction, with cherry blossoms in spring and hydrangeas in early summer.
In addition, there is an observatory and the Mt. Shiude Site Museum, which displays artifacts excavated from the ruins of a Yayoi-era (BC1000-AC300) highland village, where visitors can spend a relaxing time at the top of the mountain.
At the coffee shop inside the Mt. Shiude Site Museum, you can enjoy coffee and sweets while looking out at the view of the Seto Inland Sea and its islands that spread across the windows.

	Stuning the Seto Inland Sea islands from atop Mt. Shiude 5

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Mt. Shiude Summit (Mt. Shiude Archaeological Museum and Café)( Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.72] Fantastic scenery woven by nature: double diamond Sanuki Fuji

 Fantastic scenery woven by nature: double diamond Sanuki Fuji1

Located on the border between Marugame City and Sakaide City in Kagawa Prefecture, the 422-meter-high Mt. Iino is also known as Sanuki Fuji. It is one of the seven local Fuji, as they have been called in Sanuki Province (present-day Kagawa Prefecture) since ancient times.
At Mt. Iino, also known as Kagawa's Mt. Fuji, you can see a phenomenon called "Double Diamond Sanuki Fuji," where the sun rising from the top of the mountain is reflected in the water, creating a mystical scene that looks like two diamonds shining before your eyes.
It can be seen for only a few minutes early in the morning on a clear day for a few days in mid-April and late August every year, and Miya Pond, located about 3 km west of Mt. Iino, is a popular spot for photography.

  •  Fantastic scenery woven by nature: double diamond Sanuki Fuji2
  •  Fantastic scenery woven by nature: double diamond Sanuki Fuji4

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Miyaike Pond (Marugame City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.73] Seto Inland Sea and the Seto Ohashi Bridge from the top of Mt. Shotsuji

 Seto Inland Sea and the Seto Ohashi Bridge from the top of Mt. Shotsuji

At the top of Mt. Shotsuji, about 120 meters above sea level, there is an observatory integrated with the wedding hall, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful Seto Inland Sea and the Seto Ohashi Bridge. It connects to the sea, and you can see the Shiwaku Islands, downtown Sakaide, and the Utatzu and Marugame areas.


  •  Seto Inland Sea and the Seto Ohashi Bridge from the top of Mt. Shotsuji2
  •  Seto Inland Sea and the Seto Ohashi Bridge from the top of Mt. Shotsuji3

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St. Angelina (Utatzu Town, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.74] Watch the majestic Seto Ohashi Bridge like a painting

Watch the majestic Seto Ohashi Bridge like a painting (not available except for the Shikoku 88 view spots)

The Seto Ohashi Bridge, which connects Kagawa Prefecture to Honshu (the main island of Japan), plays an important role for Kagawa Prefecture. Many people use it as a combined road and rail bridge.
The café in the Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum facing the Seto Inland Sea is a special seating area and a view spot to enjoy the spectacular view of the Seto Inland Sea.
The Seto Ohashi Memorial Park, built on the former site of the Seto Ohashi Bridge Commemorative Exposition, has a lawn plaza, children's plaza, ball field, target bird golf course, and a place for visitors to relax.

 Watch the majestic Seto Ohashi Bridge like a painting (not available except for the Shikoku 88 view spots)2

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Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum (Café) (Sakaide City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.75] Panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea, Yashima, and Takamatsu City

 Panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea, Yashima, and Takamatsu City(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

Takamatsu City is blessed with an abundance of nature and scenery of the Seto Inland Sea and islands, offering spectacular views unique to Shikoku.
Located on the east side of Mineyama Park, Hanajukai has been selected as one of the Shikoku 88 view spots. From the terrace and bath, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea and islands, as well as Yashima, known as an ancient battlefield of the Genpei War.

 Panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea, Yashima, and Takamatsu City(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)2

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Hanajukai (Terrace) (Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.76] Angel Road, Angel's Walkway

 Angel Road, Angel's Walkway

Angel Road is a sandy path that emerges from the sea only at low tide. It connects three islands, large and small, and is also known as the Angel Walkway.
As the romantic name suggests, many couples cross the path holding hands with their loved ones, as it is believed that their wishes will come true.
At the observatory overlooking the entire Angel Road, there is a happiness bell and a place to hang heart-shaped wooden tablets, making it a wonderful spot for lovers to feel happy.

  •  Angel Road, Angel's Walkway2
  •  Angel Road, Angel's Walkway3

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Angel Road (Angel Café) (Tonosho Town, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.77] The Seto Inland Sea overlooked from Shihozashi

 The Seto Inland Sea overlooked from Shihozashi

Located on the Utsukushinohara Plateau, the Shihozashi Daikanbou Observatory is at an altitude of about 777 meters. It is a perfect viewing spot with the Kankakei Gorge and the Seto Inland Sea below, and the mountains of Shikoku and Awaji Island in the distance.
The observatory has an unobstructed view of the Naruto Ohashi Bridge and the Seto Ohashi Bridge, famous in Shikoku.
In addition, the Utsukushinohara Plateau, where the observatory is located, is the only plateau on Shodoshima.

  •  The Seto Inland Sea overlooked from Shihozashi2
  •  The Seto Inland Sea overlooked from Shihozashi3

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Shihozashi Daikanbo Observatory (Shodoshima Town, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.78]Kankakei Ropeway, a remote island with spectacular aerial views

Kankakei Ropeway, a remote island with spectacular aerial views

Kankakei Gorge, where the ropeway is located, was created by volcanic activity about 13 million years ago. The ropeway is located at the top of the mountain, where you can see a dynamic view of the strange rocks formed by the erosion of rain and wind and the large rock walls that rise vertically. The scenery is fresh green in spring, deep green in summer, red leaves in autumn, and snowy in winter.
The ropeway, which was built to take visitors on a scenic tour of the Kankakei Gorge, offers a 360-degree panoramic view of nature.

  •  Kankakei Ropeway, a remote island with spectacular aerial views2
  •  Kankakei Ropeway, a remote island with spectacular aerial views3
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Kankakei Ropeway (Shodoshima Town, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.79] Special place of scenic beauty Ritsurin Garden

 Special place of scenic beauty Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden is one of the largest gardens designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty in Japan. It is a circuit-style garden with a history of nearly 400 years, with six ponds and thirteen mountains in its vast grounds.
The garden consists of a south garden and a north garden, with the south garden retaining a daimyo garden ( a garden developed by a feudal lord) in the early Edo period (1603-1650), and the north garden developed as a modern garden after the Meiji period (1868-1912).
Another attraction of the garden is that you can enjoy various sceneries as you walk around the garden with the view of Mt. Shiun.

  •  Special place of scenic beauty Ritsurin Garden2
  •  Special place of scenic beauty Ritsurin Garden3

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Ritsurin Garden (Kikugetsu-Tei) (Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.80] Evening view from the Shishi no Reigan, Yashima


 Evening view from the Shishi no Reigan, Yashima

The Shishi no Reigan is one of the observation spots on Mt. Yashima, known as the stage of the Genpei War, the Minamoto clan forces led by Minamoto Yoshitsune (1159-1189).
A large rock juts out from a cliff facing Takamatsu Port, and its name comes from the fact that it looks like a lion as it barks at the sea.
It is a place with a magnificent view of Takamatsu, Goshikidai, and the many islands of the Seto Inland Sea, including Ogijima island and Megijima island. During the evening and sunset hours, the silhouette of the islands illuminated by the setting sun is a picturesque sight.

  •  Evening view from the Shishi no Reigan, Yashima2
  •  Evening view from the Shishi no Reigan, Yashima3

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Shishi-no-Reigan Observatory, Yashima (Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.81] The calm Seto Inland Sea seen from the Okushi Peninsula

 The calm Seto Inland Sea seen from the Okushi Peninsula2

A nature park covering a total area of 100 hectares has been established on the Okushi Peninsula, which juts out into the Seto Inland Sea. With an unobstructed view of the surrounding area, you can enjoy the natural environment blessed with the sea and mountains with your feelings
The park is dotted with facilities such as Shikoku's first wine brewery, an outdoor music plaza with a unique Greek temple-like structure, and a seaside corridor where you can enjoy outdoor activities while overlooking the Seto Inland Sea. It is crowded with many families on holidays.

  •  The calm Seto Inland Sea seen from the Okushi Peninsula
  •  The calm Seto Inland Sea seen from the Okushi Peninsula3

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Okushi Nature Park Green Space (Sanuki City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.82] Not just for golfers! Scenery of the Setouchi

 Not just for golfers! Scenery of the Setouchi

The Shido Country Club's Seaside Course stretches majestically out toward the sea, offering golfers a panoramic view of the calm Seto Inland Sea, Shodoshima island below, Awaji Island to the east, and Yashima and Mt. Goken to the west.
The golf course has a driving range, bunker practice area, and practice greens on each course.
The restaurant in the Shido Country Club has large windows through which you can enjoy these spectacular views with your meal. It offers a variety of Japanese and Western menus, including kaiseki cuisine and meat dishes.

 Not just for golfers! Scenery of the Setouchi2

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Shido Country Club (Restaurant) (Sanuki City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.83] Exploring the history of the earth from the sea! Setouchi Geosite

 Exploring the history of the earth from the sea! Setouchi Geosite

The Seto Inland Sea coast of eastern Kagawa Prefecture is home to various geological formations created by earth movements such as a Mesozoic unconformity outcrop called the Hikita unconformity, lamprophyres with black and white striped pattern, and the rare basalt columns of Kinusima, which looks like a pile of columns.
If you take a pleasure boat and look at it from the sea, you can feel the power of nature's creation up close, which is a different experience from the scenery seen from a distance.

  •  Exploring the history of the earth from the sea! Setouchi Geosite2
  • Exploring the history of the earth from the sea! Setouchi Geosite3

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Pleasure Boat (Higashikagawa City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.84] Sanshu Izutsu house and the Historic Townscape of Hiketa

	Sanshu Izutsu house and the Historic Townscape of Hiketa2

In the Hiketa district, the streets leading from Kamebishiya, a soy sauce brewer since the Edo period (1603-1868), to the former Izutsuya, which has been engaged in sake and soy sauce making since the early Edo period (1603-1650), retain the nostalgic scenery of a once prosperous port town in Shikoku.
After the birth of Higashikagawa City, a full-scale renovation of the former Izutsuya began, and it was reopened in February 2005 as the Sanshu Izutsu house. In addition to a tour of the original main building, visitors can enjoy a restaurant and an area for selling local specialties and experience local traditional cultures such as original glove making and wasanbon (Japanese sugar) die-cutting.

  •  Sanshu Izutsu house and the Historic Townscape of Hiketa
  • Sanshu Izutsu house and the Historic Townscape of Hiketa3

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Hiketa Honmachi Route (Higashikagawa City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.85] A space with pleasant greenery that conveys the idea of living among the trees

	A space with pleasant greenery that conveys the idea of life among the trees(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)

Kitokurasu Cafe is located in nature in Marugame. A lumber dealer runs the cafe, and you can enjoy the lush green scenery while enjoying sweets and meals.
It is not only a cafe but also a library space, making it a facility where you can spend some time relaxing.
The cafe's name means "life among the trees," The tables and chairs in the cafe are also made of wood, creating a healing space where you can feel the warmth of nature wherever you sit.

 A space with pleasant greenery that conveys the idea of life among the trees(not available except in the Shikoku 88 view spots)2

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Kitokurasu Café (Marugame City, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.86] The Dragon Legend of Manno Town: Shoryu no Taki Falls

	The Dragon Legend of Manno Town: Shoryu no Taki Falls

In the Sanuki region, there is a dragon legend that is said to bring rain to areas where precipitation is low. The Shoryu no Taki Falls is located in the Sanuki Manno National Government Park. It is an artificial waterfall created using stones from the Seto Inland Sea, and a large amount of water flows through the waterfall every one hour from the time the park opens until one hour before closing.
The sight of the water gushing out of the cracks in the earth is powerful, and it is a popular spot for people to watch the waterfall and take pictures.

  • The Dragon Legend of Manno Town: Shoryu no Taki Falls2
  • The Dragon Legend of Manno Town: Shoryu no Taki Falls3

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Sanuki Manno National Government Park (Shoryu-no-Taki Falls) (Manno Town, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.87] Kotohiragu Shrine Shining in the Morning Sun

Kotohiragu Shrine Shining in the Morning Sun

Kotohiragu Shrine sits in the middle of Mt. Zouzu and is nicknamed "Konpira-san of Sanuki."
The long stone staircase leading up to the main shrine has 785 steps, and the inner shrine has 1368 steps. And even though it is hard to reach the main shrine without climbing the stone stairs, there is no end to the number of visitors to the shrine.
As it is located on a hill, the observatory in front of the main shrine offers a panoramic view of the Sanuki Plain, the Seto Ohashi Bridge, and the mountains of Honshu (the main island of Japan).

  • Kotohiragu Shrine Shining in the Morning Sun2
  •  Kotohiragu Shrine Shining in the Morning Sun 3

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Observatory deck where you can see the “Fuji of Sanuki” in the distance (Kotohira Town, Kagawa Prefecture)

[No.88] Enjoy Shikoku's sea, mountains, and rivers by a sightseeing train

	Enjoy Shikoku's sea, mountains, and rivers by a sightseeing train

JR Shikoku operates a variety of unique sightseeing trains that offer spectacular views of various regions.
The Shikoku Manaka Sennen Monogatari (sightseeing train), which is based on the concept of an adult's excursion, runs from Tadotsu station to Oboke station. From the train's windows, you can enjoy the tranquil scenery of secondary forest in the Sanuki Plain, the scenic spots of Oboke and Koboke, and the changes of the four seasons.

The Iyonada Monogatari (sightseeing train) features a retro-modern interior design with different images for the first and second cars. The train runs between Matsuyama Station, Iyo-Ozu Station, and Yawatahama Station on the Yosan Line. It offers beautiful views of the Iyonada (Iyo sea) from the Ai Aru Iyonada Line.

In addition, the Seiryu Shimanto-go (sightseeing train), which was discontinued in August 2013, has been redesigned and relaunched as the Shimanto Toroco (sightseeing train) in October 2013. The trolley cars, which were converted from freight cars, have a nostalgic and simple charm. You can feel the wind as you gaze at the secondary forest along the Hiromigawa River and be soothed by the beautiful scenery of the Shimanto River, which is reflected on either side of the train window.

  •  Enjoy Shikoku's sea, mountains, and rivers by a sightseeing train4
  •  Enjoy Shikoku's sea, mountains, and rivers by a sightseeing train3

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Shiman Torokko, Shikoku Mannaka Sennen Monogatari, and Iyonada Monog (Common to all Shikoku)

8. Summary


How was the article? The Shikoku 88 view spots include breathtaking views, nostalgic townscapes, and natural scenery unique to Shikoku, all of which will deepen your understanding of Shikoku's charms.
There are many places with spectacular views all over the country, but if careful consideration is given to respecting the precious scenery and protecting the landscape, viewers can enjoy them with peace of mind. Let's make the most of our trip to Shikoku while taking all possible precautions to prevent infection by the coronavirus.

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