Kochi Airport, the air gateway to Kochi Prefecture, has also been popularly known since 2003 as Kochi Ryoma Airport named after Sakamoto Ryoma, a great historical figure from Kochi Prefecture.
About a 90-minute drive
14:30～16:30Pleasure boat to view whirlpools, Onaruto Bridge of Tokushima.
Whirlpools in the Naruto Strait, spanned by the Onaruto Bridge linking the eastern tip of Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island, are among the world’s three most dramatic tidal currents along with those in the Strait of Messina in Italy and the Seymour Narrows in Canada. You can feel the dynamism of the Naruto whirlpools whose current is the fastest in Japan.
15:30～16:30Kitagawa Village "Monet’s Garden" Marmottan
Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France, well known as a place that fascinated impressionist artist Claude Monet, has been replicated as Kitagawa Village "Monet’s Garden" Marmottan. It is the world’s only facility that is allowed to use the name “Monet’s Garden.” The blue water lilies that grow in the garden are a must-see attraction.
There is a marionette clock to the east of Harimaya Bridge. Artificial figures in the shape of Kochi Castle, Yosakoi dancers, Katsurahama Beach and Harimaya Bridge appear from four sides of the clock every hour to the tune of a traditional Yosakoi folk song. This is a good place for visitors to take a short break.
11:30～13:00Hirome Market: Have lunch, stroll in the market
Kochi is the biggest bonito-consuming prefecture in Japan, and seared bonito fillets using fresh bonito roasted over a rice straw-fueled fire are excellent. You can also buy and eat other dishes that are unique to Kochi Prefecture.
You can enjoy a pleasure boat ride on the Yoshino River through the Oboke Gorge. The Iya Kazura Bridge (a vine bridge in the Iya Valley), a hidden scenic spot in Tokushima Prefecture, is one of Japan’s “three most peculiar bridges.” It is thrilling to walk across the bridge because it squeaks and shakes with each step you take.
The Kotohira Shrine in Kagawa Prefecture has been affectionately called “Sanuki-no Kompira-san” (Sanuki is the old name of Kagawa; Kompira is another name of the shrine) since old times, and the god of the sea is enshrined there. Kotohira is one of Japan’s best known locations believed to be filled with mystical energy. Kagawa Prefecture is also called “Udon Prefecture” because it is known for “Sanuki udon” noodles.