Culture / Tour Spots in Kochi Area

  • The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
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    4.5
    257 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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    4.0
    268 Reviews
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    Kochi Kochi-shi Urado Shiroyama 830

    Not only does this museum have very important artefacts on display in the halls, the building itself is of a special design overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You can even get onto the rooftop to get a...

  • Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture
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    4.5
    134 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!

  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
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    4.5
    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...

  • The Museum of Art, Kochi
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
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    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 particularly liked the pictures that the artist painted along the Silk Road. His use of vivid colors isa highlight of his work.

  • Kochi Castle Museum of History
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    4.0
    74 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.

    Might be worth a look for nonJapanese tourists, certainly worth a look if you or your partner read Japanese . There were some stamps and astronmy cards for kids, but it probably is not the best...

  • Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto
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    4.0
    44 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.

  • Ino-Cho Paper Museum
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    4.0
    33 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.

    It was an interesting tour, learning about Japanese paper but I had no interest prior to the tour. Watching the demonstration was the best part.

  • Muroto Schoolhouse Aquarium
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
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    Kochi Muroto-shi Murotomisakicho 533-2

    廃校を水族館にしたコトが売りの水族館かな?と思っていましたが、良い意味で裏切られました! 学校での思い出、地域固有の文化の共有、海洋プラスチック問題...そこに主役の水生生物たちがいる空間 このユニークな世界観に魅せられました!!! なんとこの地ではかつてはお土産やお祝いの品として、ウミガメのはくせいを贈る習慣があったとのこと。 2Fの剥製コーナーは必見ですよ- バス停は「むろと廃校水族館」 D...

  • Ekingura
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
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    Kochi Pref. Konan City Akaokacho 538
    This art museum is located in Akaoka-cho, Konan City. It stores the folding screen paintings by the late Edo to early Meiji period painter Ekin (Hirose Kinzo) that are displayed at the Suruda Hachimangu Jinsai festival held on July 14 and 15 each year. One exhibit allows visitors to view the folding screen paintings in the same dark setting as the night of the festival. Another allows visitors to view the paintings through a literal hole in the wall. The museum regularly rotates the paintings that are on display. It also features exhibits about the life of Ekin.

    期待通りの屛風絵です。本物は覗き見で見ること可能な2点だが、複製展示の絵も迫力満点、たしかに“恐ろしく美しい”。2020の絵金祭りは中止と聞きましたが、次回の祭りが楽しみです。

  • Katsurahama Aquarium
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    3.5
    3 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.

    水族館ブームですが、小さいながら人気の水族館です。桂浜の五色の砂浜を望みながら、時々海獣の大きな鳴き声が響きます。

  • SEASIDE GALLERY
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
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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.

    GWに、Tシャツ展を見に。 ビーチの砂もサラサラしていて、サーフィンをしている人がいたり、家族ではしゃいでいる人がいたり、とてもピースフルな時間が流れていました。 ビーチの外には、出店が出ていたり、子供が走り回れる芝生があったり、ゆったり楽しく過ごせました。

  • Shikoku Automobile Museum
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Kochi Pref. Konan City Noichicho-otani 896
    This historic car museum is located in Otani, Noichi-cho, Konan City. Its historic car collection includes European sports and racing cars from makes like Abarth, Alfa Romeo, and Ferrari, domestic cars such as the Toyota 2000GT and the Toyopet Crown, and motorcycles from makes including Honda and Yamaha. The museum also regularly holds “open museum” events during which the cars are taken outside and their engines are started and inspected.

    小さな自動車博物館でしたが・・・ 往年の名車がずらりとありました。 個人的に大好きな時代の車に時間がたつのを忘れるほどでした。

  • Sakawa Geology Museum and Institute
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Sakawacho Ko 360
    A museum dedicated to the geology of Kochi Prefecture, including the fossil treasure trove of the Sagawa Basin. Its displays cover 400 million years of Shikoku history. There's also a collection of rare fossils, a 3/5 scale mobile tyrannosaurus, movable continental models, a chambered nautilus (known as a “living fossil”), and a horseshoe crab tank. The museum teaches about Earth and the history of biological life from various angles.

    今から45億年前の地球の誕生から現在までの壮大なスケールでの旅が2時間余りで体験できました。 各地質時代の代表的な化石、特に佐川町から見つかった化石が多数展示されています。 また、恐竜の卵の化石やマンモスの牙の化石などもあり、興味深深でした。

  • Poem and Märchen Gallery
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kamishi Kahokuchounirouno 379
    This gallery is located in Nirouno, Kahoku-cho, Kami City. It is one of the facilities of the Kami City Yanase Takashi Memorial Hall. It features exhibits related to the magazine “Poem and Märchen,” which was one of Takashi Yanase’s life’s works. These exhibits include the covers and illustrations Yanase created over the three decades since the magazine’s launch. It also holds events including exhibitions of artists with deep connections to the magazine.

    日曜日の午後行ったけど、人が居ない。沢山の絵本が並べられているので読み放題だけど、寂しい。アンパンマンミュージアムから少ししか離れてないけど、せっかくの施設なので、もう少し工夫されればいいのに.....

  • Roadside Station Kiramesse Muroto Whale Museum
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
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    Kochi Muroto-shi Kiragawacho Hei 890-11
    A whaling museum at Roadside Station Kiramesse Muroto. The interactive museum uses digital displays to showcase Muroto and its history with whaling, making it a fun place to learn for kids and adults alike. The varied exhibits and facilities include virtual reality headsets that let you feel what it was like on a traditional boat, the “Deck AR” lookout, and a room for workshops.

    VRゴーグルを装着して、鯨や海亀等々の魚たちと海の中をバーチャル画像で楽しめて良かったです。VRによる仮想空間体験が初めてだったのでテンション上がりました。

  • Kochi Prefectural Ashizuri Kaiyokan Aquarium
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Misaki 4032
    This aquarium is located on the side of Ashizuri Sunny Road in Imashiba, Misaki, Tosashimizu City. The aquarium, which has a theme of “the Waters of Tosa and the Fish of the Kuroshio Current,” is home to around 3,000 fish and aquatic invertebrates representing 200 varieties of sea life. The facility includes a central cylindrical marine tank, which is nine meters wide and six meters tall, a sunfish tank, a multipurpose tank used to raise green sea turtles and spotted seals, a touching tank where visitors can touch sea creatures such as hermit crabs and sea urchin, and more.
  • Yokokurayama Natural Forest Museum
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Ochicho Ochihei 737-12
    A museum where you can learn about Mt. Yokokura and the Earth's history, rare plants loved by Dr. Makino, and the history of Ochi. Take a moment to admire the building itself too—designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando, it harmonizes with Mt. Yokokura's natural environment. The museum also holds a variety of special exhibits.

    たまたま立ち寄った博物館。全く下調べしないで行ったので、坂の途中の駐車場に素直に駐車したが、平日だったため、空きがあり、建物側でも良かったことを後で知り。 館内は、一部をのぞいて撮影可。 歴史から自然から芸術から、幅広い収集とゆとりある展示。 よくある「地方のなんとなく博物館」とは一線を画した素晴らしい博物館に関心。

  • Nakatosa Town Art Museum
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Nakatosacho Kure 6584-1
    A small museum housing about 700 pieces by modern and contemporary painters, including late Edo period Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Kochi Prefecture's first full-scale museum, it opened to the public in 1989. The collection and its white-walled antique storehouse-style building were donated to the town by the late Kikuichi Machida, a businessman from Yaiga, Nakatosa-cho. They have planned exhibits held in order four times a year.

    中土佐町久礼の美術館で久礼大正町市場の近くです。 こじんまりとした美術館ですが、コロナ禍で最近来場者が増えたらしいです。 明治時代の戦禍の絵画等落ち着いた雰囲気の中でじっくり鑑賞できます。

  • Aki Calligraphy Art Museum
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Kochi Aki-shi Doi 953-I
    Japan's first calligraphy museum. Located in Doikachu at the site of Aki Castle, its Calligraphy Hall of Fame has received national attention. Calligraphy has been very popular in Aki since the feudal era. During the late Taisho and Showa periods it produced master calligraphers such as Oun Kawatani, the Shotei Brothers, and Yukei Teshima. The museum houses approximately 2,000 pieces of Japanese calligraphy brushed by them and other leading artists. Around 100 works of Chinese characters, the Japanese syllabary, and seal engravings by currently active calligraphers are always on display.

    Small museum next to the history museum where you can see some interesting pieces from all over Japan. They sometimes have calligraphy workshops/classes there too. They change up their displays every...

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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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