Spots in Kochi Area

  • Kochi Castle
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    1187 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Marunouchi 1-2-1
    A castle called “Otakasayama Castle” was built before the Warring States Period, but Kochi Castle was established by the first Tosa feudal lord, Yamanouchi Kazutoyo at the beginning of the Edo period. It is also known as the only castle where the structures in the inner citadel remain completely intact. 15 of the buildings have been designated as Important Cultural Properties. There are also statues of Taisuke Itagaki, Yamanouchi Kazutoyo and his wife, Chiyo located near Ote-mon gate, and the castle keep’s magical form rises from the surface as it is illuminated at night.

    The castle was a highlight of our day in Kochi that not even the rain could dent. The walk up to castle through the grounds is spectacular but the real highlight is when you enter you have to remove...

  • The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
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    4.5
    258 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Godaisan 4200-6
    The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden is located at Godai-san, Kochi City. Opened in 1958, it is Japan’s most precious general botanical garden. Besides the nearly 3,000 different species of plants that are cultivated in the Botanical Garden, there are also special exhibition rooms and botanical classrooms etc. that both adults and children will enjoy visiting; a wide variety of special events are held throughout the year. There are also displays about the achievements of Dr. Tomitaro Makino, the world-renowned botanist. In 1999, the Makino Museum of Plants & People was opened within the Botanical Garden in honor of Dr. Makino. The Botanical Garden is approximately 30 minutes by bus from JR Kochi Station.

    This is a huge garden with lots of different little trails and stops with view. You can find some private areas to hang out too, which we did. Relaxing, beautiful with great variety of plants. One...

  • Kochi Prefecture Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
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    269 Reviews
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    Kochi Kochi-shi Urado Shiroyama 830
    A facility exhibiting historical materials related to Ryoma Sakamoto is located near Katsurahama Park in Kochi. 1991 (Heisei 3), the museum was completely renovated and a new wing was installed in 2018. The new building exhibits Ryoma's letters and other materials, while the main building allows visitors to learn about the history of the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate through interactive exhibits. There is also a museum store selling Ryoma goods.

    Interesting museum about the life of a samurai who wanted to modernise Japan and his untimely demise. It is worth a visit if you are interested in learning a bit more about Japanese history. Allow...

  • Ryugado Cave
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    168 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kamishi Tosayamadachousakakawa 1424
    Ryugado Cave is a sightseeing limestone cave which is representative of Japan, which is said to have been formed over roughly 175 million years. There are remains of a cave dwelling from the Yayoi period in the vicinity of the entrance of an internal cave, and “Kami no Tsubo” can be seen within the cave in which Yayoi pottery has been integrated into stalactites. You can enjoy the beauty of nature moulding such as stalactite, stalagmite or celestial stone of 11 meters in height in this cave. There is a standard sightseeing course of about one kilometer but the 90 minute course in which you stretch and make progress through narrow caves and also the “Adventure Course” in which you climb onto three meter high rocks using ropes are also popular.

    We had a chance to visit the Ryugado Cave during a recent visit to Japan. We had visited other caves before, like the famous cave in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. a very large open area under ground. This...

  • Chikurin-ji Temple
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    4.5
    208 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Godaisan 3577
    The Chikurin-ji Temple is a Shingon Buddhist temple of the Chizan school, located on Godai-san (Mt. Godai) in Kochi City. The temple’s full formal name is Godai-san Konjiki-in Chikurin-ji. The temple was founded by the monk Gyoki in 724; it was designated by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) as one of the temples included in the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and subsequently became known as one of the most renowned ancient temples in the Tosa region. The main object of veneration in the temple is a statue of Monju Bosatsu (the bodhisattva Manjushri), who is associated with insight and wisdom, so students often come to the temple to pray for success in their exams. Besides the main hall, the Daishi-do hall, the five-storied pagoda, and the garden (which is reputed to have been created by the master garden planner Muso Kokushi) are all worth seeing. The temple houses a considerable number of designated Important Cultural Properties.

    Beautiful gardens and a peaceful setting. You can easily enjoy an hour here strolling around. There are significant steps to reach the temple at the top.

  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
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    120 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Akigunkitagawamura Notomo Kou 1100
    The gardens of Giverny in France so loved by the impressionist painter Claude Monet have been replicated in Kitagawa Village, Aki County, Kochi Prefecture. Here in the vast gardens are some 100,000 plants. Different scenes can be enjoyed throughout the four seasons where visitors can delight in the Flower Garden with flowers blooming throughout the year, the Water Garden which features in replica form Monet’s memorable series of works, the Water Lilies, as well as the Light Garden which is based on Monet’s expedition to the Mediterranean Sea. From about June each year the lush blue water lilies, which were said never to have bloomed for Monet until the end, are an exceptional sight. There is also an observatory, a restaurant, and shop.

    So very pretty. This is not a copy of the garden at Giverny, but rather a garden that recreates the feel and scenes of Monets paintings. I was fortunate enough to visit in August, when the...

  • Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture
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    136 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kounanshi Noichichouotani 738
    This public zoo in Noichicho, Konan City, Kochi Prefecture, is characteristic for the way in which the animals are kept in an environment which closely resembles their natural habitat. The zoo is divided into separate areas such as the Temperate Forest, the Tropical Forest, the Africa and Australia Zone, and the Jungle Museum, where lots of different animals such as otters, lesser pandas, giraffes, kangaroos, and shoe-billed storks live quite contently. The Children’s Zoo, where children can get hands-on with the guinea pigs and ponies is also popular.

    のいち動物園は広くて、めっちゃ楽しかった。動物達をよく観ることができて、皆元気そうでした。また是非訪ねます。 Noichi Zoo was really awesome. Surprisingly spacious! I’ll be sure to visit again! Nagyon király hely, nagyon tágas! Biztosan megyünk még!

  • Kongofuku-ji Temple
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    122 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Ashizurimisaki 214-1
    Kongofuku-ji Temple is a Buzan school Shingon Buddhist temple located in Tosa-Shimizu City near the southernmost point in Shikoku. The temple’s formal name is Sada-zan Fudaraku-in; it is the 38th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is situated halfway up a hill, looking out over Cape Ashizuri. According to legend, the temple was founded in 822 when the monk Kukai carved a statue of Senju Kannon (Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, with One Thousand Arms) here on the orders of the Saga Emperor. In the Heian period, the Kongofuku-ji Temple was visited by large numbers of Kannon worshippers; visitors to the temple during this period included emissaries from the consort of the Go-Fukakusa Emperor, and the poet Izumi Shikibu.

    The famous temple 38 on the Shikoku pilgrimage route, revered place of contemplation and blessing. I particularly enjoyed the wild rock garden and the smaller shrines and images of the Buddha sound...

  • Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
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    124 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kamishi Kahokuchoubirafu 1224-2
    The Anpanman Museum at Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum was established in 1996 with the intention of collecting, studying and displaying the diverse and creative works of Takashi Yanase, the creator of Anpanman. There are plenty of things to see and do such as the Takashi Yanase Gallery and Anpanman Theater with original drawings from his picture books and animations, as well as The Repository with all sorts of character goods on display. Both adults and children can enjoy the museum to their heart’s content. The three meter high Fighting Anpanman Statue is also a great place for photos.

    There is a small Anpanman-themed space at the basement where you can take photos, an Anpanman art gallery at the second or third floor, and a gift shop at the ground floor. Honestly, not worth your...

  • Happy Raft
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    141 Reviews
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    Kochi Nagaoka-gun Otoyo Cho Ikadagi 221
    A company that conducts rafting and canyoning tours on Shikoku's Yoshino River. Their supportive, veteran guides are all RAJ (Rafting Association of Japan) qualified, and have other certifications both from Japan and abroad, ensuring you'll have a safe, fun tour. They also run a cafe and have their own accommodation available.

    Weve river rafted a few times and rafting with HappyRaft was our favorite experience by far. The guides clearly love what they do, love the beautiful setting where they do it, and do everything they...

  • Nikobuchi
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    37 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Agawa-gun Inocho Kiyomizukamibun
    This plunge pool is located in Kiyomizukamibun, Ino Town, Agawa County. Located along the Edagawa River, a tributary of the famously clear Niyodo River, the pool is known as a spot for enjoying the beautiful “Niyodo Blue” surface of the Niyodo River. The pool, which shines blue in the sunlight, is considered a sacred spot by locals. There is also a legend about a large snake associated with the pool.

    Gorgeous pool with a stunning waterfall on a tributary of the Nyodogawa River . You can see where the expression Niyodo Blue comes from. The walk down to the pool is quite tricky, but it seems like...

  • Ryoma's Birthplace Memorial Museum
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    147 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Kamimachi 2-6-33
    This memorial museum is located in Kamimachi Town, Kochi City, the birthplace of Sakamoto Ryoma. It introduces the history and culture of Kamimachi Town, and the family and people relating to Sakamoto Ryoma in an easy-to-understand way using various materials such as models and virtual experience videos. Volunteer guides are available in the museum to guide you around the exhibition. Historic tours beginning at the museum visiting places relating to Ryoma are also gathering popularity (reservations required in advance).

    You can learn about Ryoma Sakamoto by letters, video, photos and a lot of documents! If he was not there, we can’t live like now!!! We need to appreciate his big work!

  • Kochi Tabi Hiroba
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    3.5
    151 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Kitahonmachi 2-chome 10-17
    Kochi Tabi Hiroba is located directly in front of Kochi Station. It houses the “Tosa Terrace” Kochi tourist information center, and is the venue for “Tosa Omotenashi Kaientai” stage performances for tourists, which are held every weekend and on public holidays. The statues of famous historical figures Sakamoto Ryoma, Nakaoka Shintaro and Takeichi Hanpeita make a great backdrop for souvenir photos.

    If you are taking trains at Kochi station, you would not miss this location. ANd a picture during sunny blue sky days would be very nice. It is just in front of JR station, next to Tourist...

  • Cape Muroto
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    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotomisakichou
    Cape Muroto has been selected as one of Japan’s best 100 coastal spots. It is a beautiful scenic spot where visitors can see the deep blue ocean, and a white lighthouse stands at the very tip of the cape.
  • Tosa-jinja Shrine
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    55 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Ikkushinane 2-16-1
    This shrine is located in Ikkushinane, Kochi City. Said to date back to ancient times, it enshrines Ajisukitakahikone no Kami, the Shinto deity of land development and industrial prosperity, and Hitokotonushi no Kami, the Shinto deity of harmony and cooperation. It is widely believed to grant visitors wishes for better fortune and good luck. The current main building designated a national cultural important property was rebuilt in 1570 by the samurai warlord Chosokabe Motochika.

    There is something special about the shrines, which are all over the city. They have a mystical feel to them. The beauty of the buildings, lanterns, sculptures and gardens realty grab your...

  • Roadside Station Kawauso no sato Susaki
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    42 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Susakishi Shimobun Jia 263-3
    This roadside station is located on the side of the Nakamura Highway in Shimobunko, Susaki City. It hosts a number of different shops offering items such as seasonal vegetables such as Japanese ginger (of which Susaki is Japan’s biggest producer), citrus and other varieties of fruit, seafood such as skipjack tuna seared with burning straw, Kochi’s famous “Aisukurin” frozen treat, local sake, souvenirs, gardening products, and more. Its restaurant offers a range of dishes including nabeyaki ramen noodles, a local Susaki delicacy, as well as set meals and donburi (rice bowls) featuring seafood such as skipjack tuna and moray eel.

    ツアーのオプショナルランチを食べに訪問しました。鍋焼ラーメンとちりめん丼で1490円。着席するとすぐ、運ばれてきました。土鍋に入った醤油ラーメン。中にはちくわとネギと、鶏肉、卵。シンプルなお味でした。ちりめん丼は食べ方が書いてあり、初めはポン酢をかけ、後で味変して醤油で。カルシウムたっぷりでした。

  • Kochi Castle Museum of History
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    75 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Otesuji 2-7-5
    This museum is adjacent to Kochi Castle in Otesuji, Kochi City. Its collection contains some 67,000 valuable artifacts handed down by generations of the Yamauchi family, who were the lords of the Tosa Domain, as well as historical artifacts related to the Tosa Domain and Kochi Prefecture. Visitors can learn about the history of Tosa through museum exhibits, including some hands-on exhibits, as well as through events including special exhibitions and interactive lectures. The museum also has an observation lobby with a commanding view of Kochi Castle, a tea room, and other facilities.

    The museum is not large as it is only on the 3rd floor and all the labels were in Japanese only. You can try to power through with google translate app or similar. Would at most allot 30 mins.

  • Hirome Market
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    862 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Obiyamachi 2-3-1
    Located in 2-chome, Obiya-machi, Kochi City, Hirome Market is a large food market containing food stalls and other small shops. The large number of food stalls includes places offering local Tosa dishes, as well as a wide range of other cuisine including standard Japanese food, Chinese food, Italian food, Indian food, etc. Diners order their food from the food stalls and then take it to eat in the shared central dining area. There are also shops selling local souvenirs, massage providers, etc., making this a great place for shopping or relaxation. The walkways and eating areas within the Market have been given the names of famous spots in Kochi Prefecture, such as Ryoma Street, O-Joka Square (Castle Town Square), Igosso Lane, etc.

    This is funky place with lots of small food stalls selling just about any type of food, from seafood, to meat to noodles, and a bunch of local fried stuff. We have tried 4-5 places and spent about 3...

  • Katsurahama Beach
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Urado
    This is one of the places of scenic beauty which is representative of Kochi Prefecture. It is a popular venue for viewing the moon as it commands a view over Tosa Bay, and “Yosakoi” (traditional Kochi dance) melodies are also sung. At Katsurahama Beach, The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum and a statue of the leader to which Tosa gave birth at the end of the Edo period, Sakamoto Ryoma as he calmly gazes in the direction of the Pacific Ocean and there is also a monument of the literary figure, Omachi Keigetsu. The Katsurahama Kangetsusai Festival is held around the time of the “Chushu no Meigetsu” (Harvest moon).
  • Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto
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    45 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunshimantochou Utsuigawa 1458-1
    Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto is a museum housed in the gymnasium of the former Utsuigawa Elementary School which closed in 2009. There are many pieces on display such as Kaiyodo’s world famous figures, plastic models and garage kits. The huge Catalan ship is an impressive sight. There is also a diorama classroom where visitors can make mini-figurines.

    I am not a hobbist but it brings back some nostalgic moments of ultra man..worth a visit. my wife loves it. amd fancinating art work of miniatures.

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The largest of Shikoku’s prefectures, Kochi is endowed with some of the island’s most exceptional sand beaches lining the Pacific Ocean, which narrows into the Shimanto-gawa, a huge river that stretches 196 kilometers into the prefecture, passing verdant mountains and hosting countless riverside activities. Whether you’re a pilgrim or not, Kochi’s 16 Buddhist temples that make up one leg of the Shikoku Pilgrimage are worth a visit, particularly Chikurin-ji for its five-tier pagoda.

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