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  • The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
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    4.5
    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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    4.0
    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...

  • 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
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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.

    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...

  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
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    4.0
    22 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.

    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
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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.

    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
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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'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...

  • 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.
  • Poem and Märchen Gallery
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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.
  • Shimanto Astronomical Observatory
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    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nishitosamochi 1100
    This astronomical observatory is located in Mochii, Nishitosa, Shimanto City. Shimanto City is the only municipality in the prefecture certified as a “Hoshizora no Machi” by the former Environmental Agency. Visitors can observe the starry sky over the city with the naked eye or with the high-quality telescope. The observatory also holds stargazing parties where visitors can observe the seasonal constellations and numerous celestial bodies with commentary provided by the attendant (reservation required).
  • Kochi Castle Museum of History
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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.
  • Ekingura
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    4.5
    23 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.

    Very nice piece of arts can be seen here. Once our guide explained who was Ekin it was really amazing to hear all that he has done and the extreme problems he went through. All the painting reflected...

  • Shikoku Automobile Museum
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    3.5
    2 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.

    個人のコレクションダにしては驚くべき豪華さです。 ピカピカに磨き上げられた高級車、名車がずらりと揃ってめまいがしそうでした。いくらくらいの価値があるのが。想像できません。

  • Kochi Prefectural Ashizuri Kaiyokan Aquarium
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    3.0
    14 Reviews
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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.

    都会の水族館の様に、大きく種類が多くはありませんが、土佐清水近海の魚を中心に、近海の魚類が、かなり揃えられています。こちらでの目玉展示は、やはり、マンボウではないでしょうか。愛嬌あるマンボウを見るだけでも価値はあると思います。また、ネットで、ホームページから割引券をダウンロードすれば、かなりお得に入場することが出来ますので、お忘れなく。

  • Warako Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Minamikanada 28
  • Kami Municipal Yanase Takashi Memorial Hall Anpanman Museum
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    4.5
    108 Reviews
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    Kochi Kami-shi Kahokucho Birafu 1224-2

    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...

  • Wanpaku Kochi Animal Land
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    Kochi Kochi-shi Sanbashi-dori 6-chome 9-1
  • Murotohaiko Aquarium
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    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotomisakichou 533-2

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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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