Getting There

Both the peninsula and the small city of Yawatahama are located on Shikoku’s west coast between Matsuyama and Uwajima. Both of these are sizable cities, so there’s regular train service to the area. Ferries also come here from Honshu and Kyushu, mainly docking at Matsuyama.

If you’re starting the route from Ozu, you’ll begin by following the signs toward Yawatahama that point you in the direction of Route 220-something, but almost immediately the signs change to indicate that you’re on the main route, Route 197, which you’ll be following all the way to the end of the peninsula.  So from this point on, it’s pretty self-explanatory, especially since you’re following the coast around a peninsula.

To get on the northern route on the way back from the end of the peninsula, you’re looking for a sign pointing the way to Kozaki (
). There’s a bus stop named Kozaki-guchi right at the place that you should turn northward.

Although that first turnoff onto the northern roads points the way to Kozaki, and that’s the turn you should take to get off the ridge road, Kozaki is actually on the road that goes further west and dead-ends. So after you get on the northern road, be careful not to go too far in that direction. As I recall, it was at the first branching of the road that the sign points left to Kozaki and right to, I believe, Tabu (
). As you would imagine, you want to go RIGHT (to follow local route 255 eastward). In every other place, the signs point in the direction of the prefectural road (kendo
), and that’s the direction you should go. Don’t confuse this with kokudo (
) (national highway) or you’ll be headed back up to the main ridge road (route 197). The “OB-kai” (old boy’s network?) has put up a lot of signs where obviously none existed before, and these should also help keep you on the right track.


Since this is such a short route, you probably won’t need accommodations except at your base camp. If you want accommodations nearer to the end of the peninsula, there are a surprising number of places to stay in Misaki (where the bus stop is located), at least according to the following website which bears a 2004 date. Note that in rural non-tourist areas ryokan can often be as inexpensive as minshuku.

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The names and phone numbers given on the page are as follows. The first two are nearer to the end of the peninsula, with the first one described as “Shikoku’s westernmost inn” (it’s almost at the end, when the road turns briefly toward the southern side of the peninsula).

Kanazawa Ryokan (0894) 56-0022

Ryokan (Minshuku) Ouiwa (0894) 56-0070

Ebisuya Ryokan (0894) 54-0013

Yamamoto Ryokan (0894) 54-1455

Tachibana Ryokan (0894) 54-0056

Matsuda Ryokan (0894) 54-0048

Ryokan Sugiyama (0894) 54-0037

Kikuya Ryokan (0894) 54-0125

Lollipop [coffeeshop that supposedly offers no-meals accommodation] (0894) 54-0043

Bike Yado “Walk On” (090) 7575-7829 [supposedly a warehouse converted into an ultracheap crash pad for motorcyclists; opens at 7 p.m.]

Minshuku Hamada (0894) 54-1558

There’s a page showing accommodations for Yawatahama as well:

However, it’s a bit difficult to read, so here is a map provided by the city with numbered accommodations (the blue ones) - hopefully they won’t mind the scan. The train station is shown at lower right in the map. The list below the map shows the telephone numbers for each place. Sharp-eyed readers will note that only 15 of the 19 numbers appear in the map; the others are further to the northwest (which is actually a bit nearer to the peninsula if further out from the center of town).


There’s not really much of tourist interest on this route until the lighthouse at the very end. However, special mention should be made of Ryoshi Monogatari, a large seafood restaurant near the end of the peninsula (near Sadamisaki Harbor); it’s apparently very well-known but quite pricey.

Getting Away

As noted in the Story text, if you’ve taken the northern roads on the way back, you can either cycle back along the main road to Yawatahama or cycle up the coast to Iyo-Nagahama which is the nearest train station accessible from the northern end of the peninsula. Needless to say, if you’re energetic and have the time, you could also cycle all the way up to Matsuyama as well.

If you’re going to Uchiko from Ozu, the direct route is local route 56, otherwise known as the Ozu Kaido (
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