Whale watching

Whale watching

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 whales.

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.

Whale watching

located in Kochi

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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.

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