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  • Kochi Castle
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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.

    One of the few intact original castles in Japan, Kochi Castle gives visitors a glimpse into life in samurai times. The woodwork is spectacular and the gardens and views lovely. The castle is...

  • Harimaya Bridge
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Harimayachou 1
    The Harimaya Bridge is a red bridge located in Harimaya-cho that has come to symbolize Kochi City. It is famous as the setting for the love story between Junshin and Oma which is celebrated in the traditional folk song “Yosakoi-bushi.” The Bridge was built across the Hori River during the Edo period as a private bridge to facilitate access between two shops, Harimaya and Hitsuya, from which it takes its name. Today, the area around the Bridge has been developed as Harimaya Park, and there are monuments in commemoration of Junshin and Oma.
  • 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).
  • Hirome Market
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    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.

    After visiting the Kochi Castle we stopped by the Hirome-Ichiba Market and found a small noodle stand that we think is run by a husband/wife duo. No tables, just an "L" shaped counter that circles...

  • 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.
  • Cape Ashizuri
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Ashizurimisaki
    Cape Ashizuri is a cape at the very tip of Ashizuri Peninsula protruding out into the cobalt blue sea. The contrast of the white water crashing against the steep cliff faces and the blue of the deep sea is a sight worth seeing. The Cape Ashizuri Observatory commands a view of more than 270 degrees allowing visitors to truly appreciate the roundness of the earth.
  • Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
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    108 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...

  • Ryugado Cave
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    143 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.

    If you don’t do steps well this is probably a cave you will want to skip. Set in the mountainside, the entrance to the cave gives no indication of the beauty that awaits you. From the moment you step...

  • Godai-san (Mt. Godai)
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Godaisan
    Located in the southeastern part of Kochi City, Godai-san (Mt. Godai) is a 146-meter-high hill that is famous for its flowers. It looks out over Urado Bay; according to legend, the name “Godai-san” was given to the hill by the monk Gyoki, after the famous holy mountain Wutai-shan in China. The observation platform on the summit of the hill affords marvelous views of both Kochi City and Urado Bay. At the foot of the hill are located the Chikurin-ji Temple (which is the 31st temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage), the Gyuko-ji Temple, and the Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden. Godai-san is situated around 21 minutes by bus from Kochi Station; get off at the Godai-san Observation Platform stop.
  • Godai-san Observation Platform
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Godaisan
    This observation platform is located on the summit of Godai-san (Mt. Godai) in the eastern part of Kochi City. There are spectacular views of Kochi City, Urado Bay and Kochi Harbor. With 250-degree panoramic views, this is one of the best observation platforms in Kochi Prefecture. It is also popular as a spot to enjoy Kochi City’s nightscape. The observation platform is easily reached by bus from JR Kochi Station.
  • Chikurin-ji Temple
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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.
  • The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
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    215 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.

    The "Father of Japanese Botany" Tomitaro Makino, founded this place and it contains many of the species that he named along with thousands of other plants and trees. Great location, on the slopes of...

  • Ino-Cho Paper Museum
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    23 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Agawaguninochou Saiwaimachi 110-1
    The Ino-Cho Paper Museum is a specialist paper museum located approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Ino Station (on the JR Dosan Line). The Museum was opened in 1985 with the aim of helping to revitalize the production of Tosa Washi (Tosa traditional handmade paper), one of Japan’s traditional handicrafts. The permanent exhibitions include displays on the history of Washi traditional paper, the related cultural traditions, the materials and tools used to make Washi paper, etc. There are also papermaking demonstrations and opportunities to try your hand at making paper yourself. Special exhibitions are held on ongoing basis. It costs 400 yen to have a go at making two sheets of colored paper or eight postcards in the Papermaking Experience Corner. The papermaking experience activity takes around one hour; groups of 10 or more people are requested to book in advance.

    Kochi is famous for its paper, and the Ino Paper Museum helps you understand exactly what goes into making this incredible paper. There are so many displays showing the product of Tosa Washi paper...

  • Ogata Whale Watching
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    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunkuroshiochou Irino 227
    Ogata Whale Watching is based in Kuroshio Town. Visitors are taken out to sea on boats captained by experienced fishermen, with the chance of seeing pods of Bryde’s Whale and Common Dolphins. The period between late April and late October is the best time to see whales and dolphins, with the period from late November to late March being the off-season. The boats depart from Irino Fishing Harbor in Kushiro Town. Irino Fishing Harbor is about 20–30 minutes’ walk from Tosa-Irino Station. The boat trip takes around four hours; tickets must be booked at least three days in advance.
  • Kawarakko canoeing and camping center
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    Kochi Prefecture Shimanto Ichida Idenokawa 24
    Kawarakko is a canoeing and camping center in Shimanto City, located next to the Shimanto River in beautiful natural surroundings. Three types of accommodation are available: a campsite, “Kawa no Yado,” where visitors can experience living in a traditional farmhouse, and the cypress-wood “Shimanto Hinoki no Ie” concept house. A wide range of activities are available for having fun on the river, including canoeing (beginners are welcome!) and rafting, or just splashing about in the water!
  • Kongofuku-ji Temple
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    95 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.

    I like this temple of the 88 Pilgrimage Temples of Shikoku very much. It is spacious, has a large pond where on a quiet day the surrounding buildings reflect. Look behind the main temple to see a...

  • Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime prefecture, Kochi prefecture
    This park, established in 1972 is the 26th national park of Japan and features mild and beautiful subaquatic scenery and varied coastal scenery. Due to the unique climate of the mountainous region located inland which is influenced by the Kuroshio Current, it is possible to see a wide range of vegetation distribution from warm-temperate to cold-temperature zone in the area. Within the region is Kashiwajima Island known as a “sacred place for diving” as well as Usubae known for its famous landscape sights and fishing, as well as Japan’s foremost canyoning spot Nametoko Gorge. There are many visitors throughout the year enjoying the leisure activities of the area.
  • Nakamura Castle Ruins (Tamematsu Park)
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    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nakamura
    This public park is located near the Shimanto Historical Museum. It was the former site of Nakamura Castle (also known as Tamematsu Castle), which was built by Tamematsu during the Onin War. The park on a hill where you can see the townscape of Nakamura brings to mind Kyoto and extends in a square pattern, and is known as a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. Planted with approximately 500 Yoshino cherry trees, you can enjoy them when in full bloom from late March to early April, and also fantastic night cherry blossoms when paper lanterns are illuminated during the Shimanto River Flower and Cherry Blossom festivals.
  • Shimanto Study & Play Museum (Akitsuio)
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    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Gudou 8055-5
    This facility is composed of a dragonfly museum and a freshwater aquarium. There, visitors can learn about a variety of subjects including the place of drinking water, global warming, and nature conservation through the lens of dragonflies and fish from around the world. Each of its fun exhibits, which are focused on the Shimanto River, has a message that is useful in everyday life.

    四万十川トンボ自然公園の入り口にあるトンボ館と魚館がある自然博物館です。世界のトンボ1000種類とトンボをよく集めたことかと思います。魚も四万十川水系で、130種類いるとのこと。時には、自然を振り返るのもいい機会でした。

  • Tosa-jinja Shrine
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    46 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.

    延喜式で式内大社に列せられた由緒ある神社で、鎌倉時代から江戸時代までの仏習合時代には、隣りの善楽寺等を含め土佐国総鎮守一宮と称されていました。本殿、幣殿、両翼を持つ拝殿の並びは十字型構成で珍しい建造物でした。本殿裏を一回りする「しなねの森」の散策道があったり、珍しい樹木の切株を抜ける輪抜祓所、拝殿前にはレールが埋め込まれていてトロッコのように移動できる賽銭箱の小屋が置いてあります。神光門と呼ばれる...

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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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