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Kashiwa Island

An island paradise connected to Shikoku by a bridge — it’s easy to access this haven of crystal-clear waters, colorful coral, and laidback water-sports.

It might surprise you to learn that you can enjoy a tropical island paradise Japan without heading way out into the Pacific, but the island of Kashiwa is just that! Located just a short hop across a bridge from the Ōtsuki Peninsula in the southwest of the prefecture, you’d be hard pushed to find clearer water anywhere on earth.

Take a dip here and you’ll be sharing the water with over 1000 species of fish, most of which inhabit an extensive coral reef system which is in fantastic health despite the challenges these fragile ecosystems are facing. You can explore the coral by glass-bottomed boat, snorkeling, or even scuba diving.

To get to Kashiwa Island, you don’t even need to get foot on a boat. Travel to Sukumo Station on the Tosa Kuroshio Railway Line, then it’s just a 1 hour bus to the small fishing village on the island. From there, paradise awaits!

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