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Introducing Shikoku Karst!

This video, titled "[4K]天空のカルスト「四国カルスト」 Shikoku Karst Mountain in the Sky," was released by "AQUA Geo Graphic."

Shikoku Karst, which stretches along the border of Ehime and Kochi prefectures, is known as the "Road to the Skies" (天空の道, tenkuu no michi or the "Corridor in the Sky" (天空の回廊, tenkuu no kairo), and has been selected as one of the three major karst formations of Japan (Akiyoshidai (秋吉台) in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Hiraodai (平尾台) in Fukuoka Prefecture, and Shikoku Karst (四国カルスト)).
Shikoku Karst is a scenic location ideal for going on sightseeing drives.

A Closer Look at Shikoku Karst, a Scenic Sightseeing Destination

Image of Shikoku Karst, Ehime & Kochi Prefectures
Photo:Shikoku Karst, Ehime & Kochi Prefectures

Shikoku Karst is located at an elevation of about 1,400 meters above sea level and is approximately 25 kilometers wide from east to west, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Ishizuchi.
Shikoku Karst, a karst plateau, is dotted with limestone rocks exposed on the surface of the earth due to erosion, and is popular for its beautiful scenery that makes it a popular destination for instagrammers.
Part of Shikoku Karst is a grazing area.
You can see cows grazing in the vast landscape at 0:42 in the video.

National Route 383 (四国カルスト公園縦断線, Shikoku Karst Park Traverse) offers extraordinary scenery, including dairy cows and giant windmills.

Enjoying Your Trip to Shikoku Karst

Image of the Mezurudaira Camping Ground at Shikoku Karst, Ehime & Kochi Prefectures
Photo:The Mezurudaira Camping Ground at Shikoku Karst, Ehime & Kochi Prefectures

Shikoku Karst, known as the "Karst of the Skies" and the "Switzerland of Japan," is beautiful in all four seasons.

Particularly elegant is the silver grass in autumn, shown at 1:30 in the video.
In the summer, we recommend pitching a tent and staying overnight at the Mezurudaira Camping Ground and stargazing under the beautiful night sky.
If you aren't able to bring your own camping gear then we recommend staying at "Tenguso" (高原ふれあいの家 天狗荘) on "Forest Therapy Road" (森林セラピーロード).
Tenguso also serves an excellent lunch, so be sure to make a reservation.

The Godan Highlands (五段高原), Mezurudaira (姫鶴平), Onogahara (大野ヶ原), and the Tengu Forest (天狗の森) of Tengu Highland Forest (天狗高原自然林) in Shikoku Karst are all ideal for hiking.
On the roadside, you can see pretty flowers, such as Japanese ligularia, bamboo lily, morning star lily, and more, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

Summary of Shikoku Karst

Image of Shikoku Karst, Ehime & Kochi Prefectures
Photo:Shikoku Karst, Ehime & Kochi Prefectures

This introductory video for Shikoku Karst shows a spectacular view of the natural scenery and landscapes of Japan.
In addition, while many people visit Shikoku Karst by car, it's also possible to visit by bike.

Keep in mind, however, that depending on the season, roads may be closed, so we recommend checking live cameras before visiting.
Also, make sure to research transportation access, weather, and temperatures before your trip so you'll be fully prepared!

【Official Website】Shikoku Karst – A Place of Scenic Beauty

【Tripadvisor】Shikoku Karst

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Last Updated : Sep. 26, 2022
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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