Located on the central southern coast of Shikoku Island, Kochi Prefecture looks out across an endless sun-soaked sea, so a day of relaxing on its beaches is one well-spent. Inland, you’ll find some of the most beautiful rivers in Japan, including the incredibly crystal-clear Niyodo River which cuts through Nakatsu Gorge.
Camping along its banks is a real treat, and you’ll find plenty of places to do so along its length. Heading further into the hills to the north, to Shikoku Karst National Park, you’ll get some amazing views of the heavens, for which the prefecture is famous. These highlands are beautiful by both day and night, lined with miles and miles of trails to wear out even the most experienced hiker.
Back in the human world, you’ll find Kochi City, the coastal capital of the prefecture. Although small by Japanese standards, this place is packed with character. It boasts one of only a dozen original castles still standing in the country. Along the streets, you’ll also find plenty of food halls and markets, which give the whole place a rustic, warm, community feeling.
There’s a slower pace of life in Kochi Prefecture, suited to those who enjoy taking their time to appreciate things. Once you tune in to this lifestyle and see all the area has to offer, you won't even want to leave.