Have you ever heard of the natural phenomenon in Japan called unkai (sea of clouds)? In certain locations under specific weather conditions (especially early mornings), low-forming clouds can resemble an endless and smooth ocean of marshmallow-like, billowy waves
It is never 100% guaranteed that unkai will occur, but perhaps that’s what makes it so magical. It almost feels like a reminder that not everything in life is fully under our control, and that’s okay! Sometimes we just have to let go, and enjoy the ride
But of course, there are ways we can actively maximize our chances of achieving what we wish for in life, which is certainly the case for catching sight of the miraculous unkai. Located under an hour from Kochi City by car, Yutorisuto Park Otoyo is a place where you can considerably increase your chances, particularly from October to December
At an altitude of 777 meters (the ultimate lucky number!), Yutorisuto Park Otoyo has a wooden terrace specifically dedicated to unkai viewing. Their website also has a forecast feature, which best predicts the daily probability of unkai occurring based on past data. However, even if you’re not able to witness unkai, Yutorisuto Park Otoyo offers a wide range of activities, places to stay and plenty of dynamic mountain views to make your visit worth it
For accommodation, there are wooden cottages, beautiful cabins, and tent rentals too! Other facilities include a restaurant, dog park, playground for children, and flower garden (blooms between spring and autumn), as well as barbecues and katsuo no tataki (seared bonito) cooking experiences (reservations required and only available in certain seasons)
Here, there is absolutely something for everyone
Thank you to @ゆとりすとパークおおとよ for letting us share these beautiful photographs!