Welcome to Tosa-Reihoku area

Japan's most famous destinations and cities are filled to the brim with so many tourists that it can be exhausting. 

If you find that to be the case, we recommend the Tosa-Reihoku area, which is surrounded by 80% forest cover. 

The Tosa-Reihoku area is a place where you can relax and unwind. This is not your typical sightseeing destination, but rather one where you'll want to spend time, or even consider living. 

Many locals have moved from other places to reside here, including from within Japan and even overseas. 

The nearest airport, Kochi Ryoma Airport, is approximately 80 minutes from Narita and Haneda Airports (Tokyo) and 45 minutes from Itami Airport (Osaka). 

(*The Tosa-Reihoku area is about 40 minutes by car from Kochi Ryoma Airport)

The region is famous for its natural beauty, and is also where you will find Outdoor Village Motoyama, an outdoor complex produced by the world-famous outdoor goods manufacture Mont-bell.

Rafting on the Yoshino River, where world championships are also held, offers a dynamic and exhilarating experience. The Oboke and Koboke Gorges also serve as rafting routes and are world-famous, attracting many visitors. 

The Reihoku area is surrounded by nature and is known for its beautiful starry sky, enhanced by the lack of artificial light. 

You will also find numerous terraced rice paddies, a sight emblematic of the old Japan, which are rare today. 

Rice cultivated on those terraced rice paddies, Tosa Tenku no Sato, has been recognized as the best rice in Japan at awards festivals and is used for Japan Airlines' in-flight meal in first class. The rural landscape has remained unspoiled since the Yayoi Period (300 BCE-300 CE) 2,000 years ago, and certainly worth a visit. 

We encourage you to visit the Tosa -Reihoku area and experience Japan's pristine, unspoiled nature.




Rafting on the Yoshino River, where the world rafting championships were held

Rafting on the Yoshino River gives you an opportunity to see the beauty of the valleys up close. 

This area comes highly recommended for those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of Japan. 

Another must-see are terraced rice fields, which are built on the slopes of mountains. 

In summer, the green rice stalks are beautiful, and in autumn, you'll see breathtaking views of the ears of rice dyed by the setting sun.

Japanese Culture

You will find many temples and other facilities that have remained standing for over 1,000 years. 

There are also local festivals that have persisted for over 1,000 years. 

One such festival is the Kusa-Zumo Festival, which was originally held as a prayer for recovery from epidemics and a bountiful harvest, and is today a festival emblematic of Japan.

Japanese Culture

There are also festivals where locals play sumo

Local Foods

Local Foods

Tosa Akaushi is a premium brand of Japanese wagyu beef

Only about 470 heads of the rare Tosa Akaushi wagyu beef are shipped to market annually.

It offers a unique flavor, with a good balance of lean meat and marbling. 

The Tosa-Reihoku area is home to some of Japan's finest terraced rice paddies, and is where Tosa Tenku no Sato, a premium grade of rice that took the nationwide grand prize twice, is grown. Another specialty is doburoku, an unrefined, thick sake made from Tosa Tenku no Sato rice.


The Tosa-Reihoku area offers a wide range of accommodations to suit every type of traveler and includes hotels, inns, campgrounds, and guesthouses. Some guests prefer to not just stay one or two nights, but for longer periods of time to truly relax and unwind in the Tosa-Reihoku area.


Mont-bell Motoyama Outdoor Village



About 40 minutes by car from Kochi Ryoma Airport

One convenient option to get here is renting a vehicle at Kochi Ryoma Airport, the nearest airport. 

A small car is recommended, as there are many narrow mountain roads in the Tosa-Reihoku Area. 

It takes about 40 minutes by car from Kochi Ryoma Airport to the Tosa-Reihoku Area. 

Low-cost carriers (LCCs) operate out of Narita Airport in Tokyo, and you can reach Kochi Ryoma Airport in about 80 minutes for about 10,000 JPY each way. (*Limit luggage up to 7kg. Additional charges apply for over 7kg)

Travel time from Itami Airport in Osaka to Kochi Ryoma Airport is about 40 minutes.

Sightseeings(Oboke and Koboke Gorges, Iya Valley)

The world-famous sightseeing spots, Oboke and Koboke Gorges in Tokushima Prefecture, can be reached in about 30 minutes by car from the Tosa Reihoku area. The Iya Kei Valley and the Vine Bridges of Iya Valley are about 50 minutes away, while Nagoro Scarecrow Village, which is inhabited by hundreds of Japanese scarecrows, is about 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive.

Sightseeings(Oboke and Koboke Gorges, Iya Valley)

The Iya Kei Valley and the Vine Bridges of Iya Valley


Contact Us

Tosa-Reihoku Tourism Association
582-2 Motoyama,Motoyama-cho,
Nagaoka-gun, Kochi,
Business hours 8:30 - 17:15 
Closed:Saturdays, Sundays and holidays