The area near the upper reaches of the karst is a cold zone with annual temperatures of around 8-9°C. The best season for hiking is early summer, around June and July. This is the time when morning star lilies (Lilium concolor) come into bloom all around the karst, and you may even be treated to the sight of a flowery meadow of Ligularia japonica!
While day trips can be enjoyed here, there are lodging facilities and campground as well. If you have time, why not lodge here and watch for shooting stars amid the star-filled skies?
Hikers’ do’s and don’ts:
・Take your time while hiking
・Be mindful of the natural objects around you
* Watch your step and beware of falling rocks, etc.!
・Be sure to call off hiking plans in the case of rainy weather
・Be sure to check your location on a map from time to time while hiking
・Refrain from indiscriminately veering from the set paths
・In May, blackflies appear, which suck blood. Be sure to also thoroughly protect yourself from ixodid ticks for which caution is called for throughout Japan. Please keep in mind precautions such as minimizing skin exposure, wearing gloves and so on. Be sure to also check to make sure no ticks have gotten on you or bitten you.
・Regarding mobile phone coverage, there is no service in some areas due to geographical features.
・The Shikoku karst is a nature park. Collecting of wild plants, etc. is prohibited.
Enjoy cycling through the refreshing breezy air of the Shikoku karst highlands with its unobstructed views!
Zipping along through the grandeur of the scenery under skies of blue, the stress of daily life will vanish with the breeze.
With an e-bike (sports-type electric-assist bicycle), you will feel liberated to enjoy the views to your heart’s content.
The Shikoku karst is filled with photogenic locations. Traversing this landscape on a bicycle will be sure to make for memories you will never forget.
Come enjoy a cycling excursion with family or friends, as a group or with a significant other here under the wide open skies.
● Rental Plans & Fees
Rental reservations are taken through the Shikoku Karst Rental Cycle website or by the Kumakōgen-chō Tourism Association.