Meet Paul! He’s one of our Visit Kochi Japan writers and also…you guessed it! An avid cyclist. Today, he’s going to take you on a cycling adventure around Cape Ashizuri, which is the southernmost point of Shikoku. Let’s see what he has to say…
“I’ve cycled all over Kochi, but the Ashizuri Peninsula has a special place in my heart. There’s something about cruising along the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline that never gets old!”
“Cape Ashizuri is a great place to base yourself and start your exploration of this fascinating and beautiful area. Quite a few local hotels also offer one-day rentals of electric bicycles at very reasonable rates so no need to bring your own bike!”
“An 8-kilometer ride west from Cape Ashizuri takes you along the coast past some amazing cliff-top lookouts, from the lovely fishing port of Matsuo to the breathtaking Ryugu Shrine. If you are on an E-bike, you should have plenty of puff left, so consider pushing on along the coast to Tosashimizu City. On the way, drop by Nakanohama to visit the humble birthplace of Japan’s most famous castaway John Manjiro. He has a truly fascinating story, from surviving months stranded on a deserted island to becoming the official interpreter for the Japanese Embassy to the United States in 1860. If you’re a history geek like me, I highly recommend looking into it!”
“When in town though, be sure to drop by Coffee Shop Top. A young couple has given this 60-year-old retro coffee shop a new lease of life with wonderful coffee, unbelievable 3D latte art, tasty meals and bean-to-bar craft chocolate made with local ingredients. It's the perfect place to refuel for the ride home. You could either head back the way you came or continue on to complete the 30-kilometer loop of the entire peninsula.""