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  • The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
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    4.5
    215 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • 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!
  • Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park
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    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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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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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。

  • Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture
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    4.5
    85 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    The park is good but not best. In Japan, there are many zoological parks. If you have already visit some you can compare. But if you are first time to visit a Zoological park, surly you will get many...

  • Nishijima Horticultural Park
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Nankokushi Hataeda 600
    A fruits and flowers tourist farm in Nankoku City, Kochi Prefecture, where visitors can enjoy sweet melons and watermelons all year round. About 200 kinds of tropical flowers including bougainvillea and hibiscus, carnivorous plants and cactus, etc. are cultivated and on display in the nursery house, and there are many potted plants for sale too. Strawberry picking is possible from January through to early June with the large, sweet benihoppe and sachinoka varieties on offer. Their specially made fruit jams, such as strawberry jam and melon jam are popular as souvenirs.

    It is a very nice place to visit. Kids are also love to visit here. A numerous number of plants are found in this garden.

  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    モネの庭を鑑賞したあと、ランチをいただきました。店頭のカラフルなメニュー写真をみて期待していたのですが、野菜の彩りが乏しく、チンゲンサイとゴボウ?の天ぷら?という謎の取り合わせでした。テラス席でいただいたので景色がご馳走でした。

  • Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    It was such a great experience to visit the place.. and the title of this review yes, these were just few words from the Owner of the Museum that melted my heart. We had a face to face encounter...

  • Katsurahama Aquarium
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Urado 778 Inside Keihin Park
    You’ll find this aquarium in the wonderfully scenic Katsurahama seashore in Kochi Prefecture. It has been around for over 70 years. Approximately 250 species of fish and marine wildlife can be found here, with a focus on rare fish and schools of Japanese lates that make their home in Tosa Bay. Visitors can also feed sea turtles and penguins, get close and personal with clownfish and doctorfish, watch a sea lion show, and enjoy several other activities and events throughout the year.

    This little aquarium cannot compete with larger locations in terms of numbers of animals or exhibits. By contrast, it is not very crowded so you can get right up to the exhibits and spend time...

  • The Museum of Art, Kochi
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Takasu 353-2
    This art museum opened in 1993 in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture and is known for its over 1,200 items comprising a global collection of Marc Chagall’s works. There are also many other works of modern and contemporary art on display, as well as art by local artists. The collection-based exhibits regularly rotate works from among its massive collection. The building also includes a hall for the performance arts and a photography center showcasing the works of Kochi-born photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto. Various exhibitions and workshops are held as well.

    We'd been pretty disappointed by the quality of local art galleries in Japan but this was a delightful exception. The architecture is striking, apparently modelled on a traditional building, and...

  • Wanpaku Kochi
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Sambashidori 6-9-1
    This is a vast urban park in Sanbashi Street, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, where various leisure facilities are gathered around a pond with a huge artificial waterfall flowing into it. A popular facility is Animal Land, with more than 90 species of animals such as lions, zebras, and pure white baboons. The park is a place for the entire family to enjoy all day with other facilities such as Playland, where you can enjoy large playground equipment such as a Ferris wheel and Merry-go-round, the garden plaza around the waterfall, a waterside walking plaza, and an adventure playground.
  • Shimanto River Kawa-asobi Park and Furusato Koryu Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunshimantochou Shouwa 671-2
    Shimanto River Kawa-asobi Park and Furusato Koryu Center has a campsite with extensive green lawns, located in the middle reaches of the Shimanto River. Campsite users are free to set up their tents anywhere on the grass within the camping area, making for a relaxing, casual camping experience. There are toilets, showers, and a cooking area, and camping equipment is available for rental. This is also a popular place for enjoying riverine leisure activities on the Shimanto River. There are guided rafting tours that take visitors from Mishima (further upstream) down the river through rapids, and canoes are available for rental. Visitors are sure to have a really enjoyable Shimanto River experience here.
  • Muroto Kaiyo Shinsosui Spa – Searest Muroto
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    Cape Muroto Cape Muroto City, Kochi Prefecture 3795-1
    Searest Muroto, located on the prominence of Cape Muroto, is a health-improvement center that makes use of deep seawater from Muroto Sea. It is fully outfitted with a warm-water pool, outdoor baths, foot baths, and Finnish saunas. You can do some aquatic stretching and aquatic exercise all while taking in the view of the sea. Deep sea water offers greater buoyancy than pure water, so you can expect better results from your aquatic exercise. There is an adjacent restaurant that uses local Kochi ingredients here too. Sundays offer an all-you-can-eat option.
  • Muroto Dolphins Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotomisakichou 6810-162
    Located within Murotozaki fishing port, the Muroto Dolphin Center is a dolphin care facility where you can experience dolphins up close. You get the opportunity to touch them, swim with them or try training them—there are many fun programs available. There are also special programs designed for children with developmental disorders such as autism to encourage them with sense of achievement. A facility for all to enjoy, from kids to adults, families and groups.
  • SEASIDE GALLERY
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    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunkuroshiochou Irino
    The SEASIDE GALLERY is not hosted in a building. At this museum along the Irino Beach spreading in front of Kuroshio Nakamura Line’s Tosa Irino Station, nature and people as a whole are the “work.” Irino Beach is a vast sandy area about four kilometers long and 200 meters wide that has been chosen as one of Japan’s top beaches for its rich natural landscape. It hosts events like the “T-shirt art exhibition” where about 1,000 T-shirts are hung along the beach, and the “National Seaside Barefoot Marathon” where participants run barefoot across the sand.
  • Aqua Farm Muroto Deep Sea Water
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    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotomisakichou 3507-1
    This deep sea water intake facility draws and distributes 4,000 tons of deep sea water per day. The facility is equipped with panel screens and video to introduce visitors to the world of deep sea water. It is also available for purchase.
  • Kashiwa Island Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Hatagunotsukichou Kashiwajima
    This beach is located in Kashiwajima, Otsuki Town, Hata County. The currents of the Bungo Channel meet the Kuroshio Current in the waters off Kashiwa Island, which is one of the world's most famous diving spots. The island is visited by many tourists who come from great distances to see its incredibly clear waters, which have been described as looking as if boats were floating in midair.
  • Tatsukushi Marine Park
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Tatsukushi
    This marine park is located in Tatsukushi Bay in Misaki, Tosashimizu City. Designated as Japan’s first “underwater park” (currently called “marine park”), this region of ocean is home to Japan’s largest Shikorosango Pavona decussata coral cluster. In addition to being known as a diving spot, glass-bottomed boats that allow visitors to observe the underwater life from above the waves also operate here.

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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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