Ashizuri Coast Discovery Walk
and Boat Cruise
We gathered at the statue of the first Japanese man to visit the United States, John Manjiro. At 14 years old, his small fishing boat wrecked off the Ashizuri Coast and he was picked up by an American ship captain. But Japan’s most famous “accidental tourist” actually ended up changing Japan!
Starting the tour at the mountaintop look out, you can see exactly how the big waves and ragged coast could easily prove too much for a small boat, and also how the busy shipping lane further out would have brought help to the flailing fisherman. Your guide will then take you through a camellia tunnel, show you the lighthouse, teach you about the 7 mysteries of the area and then continue with a beautiful walk along the coast.
8:30am or 10:15am
The statue of John Manjiro at Cape Ashizuri
(1349 Ashizurimisaki, Tosashimizu City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan)
From Nakamura Station on the Tosa Kuroshio Line, it takes 110 mins by Kochi Seinan Bus. It is a 1-minute walk from Ashizuri-Misaki Bus Stop, the last stop on the Ashizuri-Misaki Line.
*If you take the 8:20am bus from Nakamura Station, you will arrive at Ashizuri-Misaki at 10:05am.
*Please make use of the special Shimanto Ashizuri Bus Pass: https://hata-kochi.jp/buspass/en/
Details of Tour / Activity
Meet at the statue of John Manjiro at Cape Ashizuri, and then head up to the viewing platform on the southernmost tip of Shikoku, from where you can enjoy a panoramic 270 degrees view of the horizon.
Next, your guide will lead you through a camellia tunnel, and tell you about the seven wonders of Cape Ashizuri. The walk continues for about 60 minutes and takes in Cape Ashizuri Lighthouse and Hakusan Cave (the largest granite cave in Japan) on the way to Isa Fishing Port.
From here, you will ride a boat to view the coastline from the sea.
After lunch, the tour will continue on foot to Matsuo village where you can see the unique lifestyle of the local area. You can also observe the shrine built on a granite rock, and enjoy scenic views from the viewing platform. The tour will end Ryugu Shrine, which sits on a rocky outcropping at Cape Usubae.
Usubae Bus Stop (Kochi Seinan Bus Company)
*After the tour, please return on a Kochi Seinan bus.
All year round
Mon - Thu (irregular from Oct)
6 hours 30 mins
*Please inquire for the details
English guide fee, boat ticket, travel insurance
Masks worn by guide and all participants
*The tour may be cancelled completely due to bad weather.
*The boat may be cancelled due to adverse weather or sea conditions.