Japan is home to a magnificent range of whales and dolphins, and whale watching cruises provide a sustainable alternative to whaling.
Sadly Japan sometimes hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons, and the whole world knows that Japan has been stubborn in its defiance of the International Whaling Committee's ban on the whaling of certain species. Fortunately some coastal communities are bucking this trend by running whale watching tours; a chance to appreciate these magnificent creatures up close while supporting predominantly poor fishing towns and villages.
Venturing into the Pacific Ocean on a boat
cruise from Kochi, you may see a huge variety of wildlife including
porpoises, striped and bottlenose dolphins, killer, sperm and humpback
When to go: The best time to see Kochi's marine life is from May to September and InsideJapan can add a cruise to any Shikoku itinerary.
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This superior two-week itinerary introduces the little-visited, rural island of Shikoku - with a range of in-depth cultural experiences included.
A world apart from the crowded pavements and neon-spangled skyscrapers of the big cities; Shikoku boasts stunning natural beauty, from hidden valleys and untouched rivers to mountains and jagged coastlines. Over two weeks, this itinerary will allow you to discover some of the secrets of Shikoku.