Kuroshio is a popular area with Japanese people for camping and water sports in the summer months, especially Irino Beach and Iyoki River. The town takes its name from the warm Kuroshio Current that can be seen off southern Shikoku as a dark band of water in the sea.
From August to September, turtles nest on Irino Beach, and local volunteers protect the turtles from birds and beachgoers when they make their way to the sea at sunrise on Irino Beach. You’re welcome to join them and witness this rare sight.
The area is also known for its cherry blossom in spring, and the T-shirt Art Exhibition on Irino beach during Golden Week.
Skipjack tuna fishing is a one of Kuroshio’s main industries. Fishing boats leave from Saga Port to catch tuna in the Pacific. The tuna is served as Kochi’s regional dish, katsuo no tataki, in most local izakaya.
Many pilgrims on the who pass through Kuroshio stay at Kobushinosata Onsen hot spring.
Name in Japanese: 黒潮町
Pronunciation: kuroshiō chō
Address: Kuroshio, Hata, Kochi