Jewel of Kōchi: The Crystal Clear Waters of Kashiwa Island
The little island of Kashiwa off Ōtuski Peninsula in southwest Kōchi Prefecture boasts water so clear that it makes boats appear to float in midair. A large coral reef thrives here that supports over 1,000 species of fish. Glass-bottomed boats ply the waters, allowing visitors the chance to see the fish in their native habitat. The area is a popular place for water sports, including surf fishing and scuba diving.
Access: 60 minutes by bus from Sukumo Station on the Tosa Kuroshio Railway.
Website: Visit Kōchi Japan (Kashiwa Island)
(Banner photo: The waters off Kashiwa Island are so clear that boats seem to float in midair. Information courtesy of the Kochi Visitors and Convention Association.)