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Usa Shiokaze Park

Whale watching along Kochi's magnificent coast.

Kochi has so much to offer. Outdoor sports, some of best food in Japan and also the chance to see some of the most majestic creatures on earth: whales. Japan doesn’t have the best reputation (to put it lightly) when it comes to these lovely animals which is why Usa Shiokaze Park is so important.

Three times a day, whale watching tours disembark from the park, with local fishing boats taking groups of people out to the beautiful clear waters of Shikoku’s southern coastline.

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Kochi is one of the best places in Japan for whale watching, particularly if you go from April to September. You won’t always be lucky because wild animals are unpredictable, but when you are, the size and grace of these animals is incredibly impressive.

Typhoons are an issue during summer so be aware that your tour may be cancelled but you will be contacted days in advance if this is the case. Even if you aren’t able to catch a glimpse, the ocean that borders Kochi prefecture is breathtaking any day – even when there are typhoons – just don’t get too close!

Depending on what time your tour is, head to a convenience store before you arrive. Your rice balls or sandwiches can be eaten in a small park on site with stunning sea-views that will make any breakfast, lunch or dinner taste better.


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Things To Know

Whale Watching Tours

Tours usually run at 8:00, 9:00 and 12:30. Closed during October. Tours can often be cancelled at short notice because of unfavorable weather conditions (Kochi gets a lot of typhoons). Adults: ¥6,500 ~/ Children (primary school age): ¥3000 ~. To book, head to your nearest tourist information center in Kochi.

How To Get There


Kuroshio Line, Usachō Usa, Tosa-shi, Kōchi-ken 781-1161, Japan

By car

The park is an 18-minute journey car from Kochi Expressway Tosa IC or 40 minutes from Harimaya-Bashi.