Niyodogawa chinkabashi

The Niyodo River is one of the three major rivers of Shikoku, which also include the Shimanto and Yoshino Rivers. It rises in the mountains of central Shikoku, running southeastward through the Kochi and flowing into the Pacific at Tosa city. There are many things to see and do along the river.

The Monobe River rises in the mountains inland above the Muroto Peninsular and meanders in a southwards curve, flowing into Tosa Bay. The amazing Ryugado Caves are on a tributary of the Monobe River.

Iyonada Monogatori tourism train

The Iyonada Monogatari is a sightseeing train, a luxury travel genre that’s currently enjoying something of a boom in Japan. This classic train, fitted out in ‘retro-modern’ style at considerable expense, takes you on a stylish journey through the coastal and mountain region of western Shikoku known as Iyonada. As you travel through this picturesque scenery, you can enjoy delicious meals prepared using the specialties of the region.

Kurushima Bridge from Kirosan on the Shimanami Kaido

The Shimanami Kaido is a chain of islands across the Seto Inland Sea, joined by a series of bridges which carry an expressway and cycle paths. The route joins Imabari in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku, with Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture on Honshu. From the Ehime side, the islands are Oshima, Hakatajima, Omishima, Ikuchijima, Innoshima, and Mukojima.

The Muroto Peninsula from the air

The Muroto Peninsula forms the southwest part of Shikoku, coming to an acute point in the Pacific Ocean. Part of Kochi Prefecture, the southernmost tip of the peninsula goes by the name Muroto City, although it’s a very rural area with no urban agglomeration bigger than a small town.

The Uwakai Sea is part of Japan’s Inland Sea. It lies between western Shikoku and Kyushu, joining the Seto Inland Sea to the Pacific Ocean. The sea has a rugged coastline, offering beautiful vistas of peninsulas and islands. The highly indented coastline also makes it ideal for aquaculture. Pearl oysters have been cultured here for decades, and recently yellowtail and sea bream have been farmed here successfully. Pearl products are available at many places around the Uwakai, but particularly in the small city of Uwajima. The seafood harvested in the bays and inlets is served up in the  charming little eateries in the ports.

The ferry from Osaka to Shikoku

You can get to Shikoku from Honshu, by bridge, by train and by plane. But before these routes were available, there were ships. And by ship is a very nice way to go. The Orange Ferry from Osaka is an especially comfortable way to get to Shikoku. Taking a cabin saves you the cost of a night’s accommodation, and offers a relaxing way to reach your destination.