Shikoku Westbound Travel Course

All Season
This is a recommended plan to travel along the Shimanami expressway passing over several small islands via bridges across the sea and proceed toward Kochi’s Shimanto River and Cape Ashizuri, starting from Hiroshima Airport. You can also take advantage of various therapeutic experiences on this journey.
Activity time13:00 〜 16:30
Overnight stay at Dogo hot-spa resort

13:00Hiroshima Airport
Hiroshima Airport is another air gateway to Kochi Prefecture.
About a 1-hour drive
12:00~13:00Drive along Shimanami Kaido across 6 islands, 7 bridges
Islands: Inno-shima, Ikuchi-jima, Mukai-shima, Hakata-jima, Omi-shima, O-shima The Setouchi Shimanami Kaido expressway, about a 70-km-long toll road connecting the main island of Shikoku with Hiroshima, has Japan’s first strait-crossing cycling road. While cycling you can take in the stunning views of the Seto Inland Sea.
13:00~15:00Lunch & Mt. Kiro Observatory commanding panoramic views of Imabari City & Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge (30 minutes)
About a 90-minute drive
Overnight stay at Dogo hot-spa resort
Dogo has been known since early times as one of Japan’s three oldest hot-spring resorts. In particular, “Dogo Onsen Honkan” (Dogo Spa Main Building) is a nostalgic hot-spring facility that has a long history. The facility offers various attractions in addition to its hot-spring baths.
Activity time9:30 〜 17:10
Overnight stay in Ashizuri hot-spa area

9:30Dogo hot-spa resort
About a 2.5-hour drive
12:00~13:00Boat cruise on Shimanto River (1 hour) & lunch
Several companies operate excursion boats in the Shimanto River basin, and offer different tastes.
About a 30-minute drive
13:30~14:30Submersible bridges spanning Shimanto River
The Shimanto River has several “Chinkabashi” -- submersible bridges without railings -- that are designed to sink below the water when the river swells. A Chinkabashi bridge spanning the blue river against the backdrop of green mountains is a quintessential landscape in the Shimanto River basin.
About a 90-minute drive
16:00~17:00Strolling around Cape Ashizuri
There are many scenic spots around the cape that have geographical features unique to the southernmost area of Shikoku. In particular, an observation deck on the cape commands a stunning view.
About a 10-minute drive
Overnight stay in Ashizuri hot-spa area
This is a scenic hot-spring resort that commands a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. You can enjoy taking a hot-spa bath and eating tasty Kochi seafood while feeling the salty scent from the sea.
Activity time9:00 〜 17:40
Kochi Ryoma Airport

9:00Ashizuri hot spa area
About a 1-hour drive
10:00~12:00Ashizuri/Tatsukushi (underwater observatory, glass-bottomed boat, etc.) & lunch
From the beautiful and gigantic Ashizuri Kaiteikan Underwater Observatory or a glass-bottomed boat, you can view scenes below the water off Cape Ashizuri, which is one of the clearest offshore areas in Shikoku.
About a 3-hour drive
15:00~15:30Katsurahama Beach
This is one of the most scenic spots in Kochi Prefecture where the statue of Sakamoto Ryoma, a great figure from Kochi, stands as if he were viewing the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.
About a 30-minute drive
16:00~17:00Sightseeing in Kochi City (Kochi Castle, etc.)
A panoramic view from the castle’s tower is a must-see attraction. You can also enjoy shopping at the Hirome Market and shopping arcades in the city.
About a 40-minute drive
Kochi Ryoma Airport