The Limestone-Dotted Grasslands of Kōchi’s Karst Fields
The Shikoku Karst
The Shikoku Karst is a scenic expanse of grassy slopes dotted with white limestone. Extending down from the 1,485-meter high Tengunomori plateau and running east to west along the border between Kōchi and Ehime Prefectures, it is one of Japan’s three major areas of karst formations, a topography resulting from the dissolution of limestone and other types of bedrock.
Access: 80 minutes by car from the Kōchi Expressway Susaki Higashi Interchange.
Website: VISIT KOCHI JAPAN (Shikoku Karst)
(Banner photo: The ridgeline road through the Shikoku Karst affords spectacular views of the stone-studded expanse. Courtesy of Kōchi Visitors and Convention Association.)