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Shopping Spots in Kochi Area

  • Kure Taisho-machi Market
    53 Reviews
    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunnakatosachou Kure Taisho
    You’ll find this shopping arcade in Nakatosa Town Takaoka County, Kochi Prefecture. It features everything from fresh local fish to processed goods, everyday dishes, vegetable and fruits, and more, making it a popular tourist destination. In addition to the morning catch, there are also fish caught in the afternoon, so many visitors come around 2 p.m. At the “Tanaka Fresh Fish” shop, you can purchase the fish on display and enjoy them along with rice and miso soup at the dining hall across the street. The “Kure Rice Bowl,” made from sashimi and household dishes purchased from participating market shops and served on rice in the dining hall, is another popular option.

    We visited Kure Taisho Market in February and it was very quiet, with a few shops open. Only the last shop was bustling and the restaurant in the opposite side cooks the fresh fishes from the shop...

  • Ringbell
    6 Reviews
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Eikokujichou 1-43
    This bakery is said to be the founder of Kochi’s famous “Hat Bread,” located in Eikokuji Town, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture. This bread was first made in 1955, has a castella cake dough on the top that looks like a hat. The store offers a range of breads ranging from classic breads to flavored breads and sweet breads that can be served as snacks. In the cafe space, you can eat bread bought in the shop and morning and lunch sets are also served.


  • Tosa Select Shop Tencosu
    19 Reviews
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Obiyamachi 1-11-40 Shinkyo-bashi Plaza
    This is a shop stocking a wide range of Kochi Prefecture specialties. It offers almost all products made in the 34 cities, towns and villages of the prefecture. There are also rare products that are not usually found anywhere else in addition to famous bonito products and Mire biscuits. There are many products containing yuzu in particular and there is a wide-range of different products. There is also an online shop so you can purchase products from Kochi Prefecture with ease.

    珍しいものから、メジャーな物まで、色々なお土産があるので見ていて飽きないし、お土産を何にするか迷うのも楽しいです。 発送も普通の料金より安くして貰えるので、お土産を沢山買っても安心です。 いつ行っても、長居してしまいます

  • Shimanto Canoekan (Canoe House)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Nishitosamochi 1111-11 Shimanto/River station Canoe pavilion
    Canoekan (Canoe House) is a canoeing facility located on the middle reaches of the Shimanto River, around 20 minutes’ walk from JR Ekawasaki Station. This is a very popular spot, at which everyone—including beginners, children and senior citizens—can enjoy canoeing while experiencing the magnificent natural beauty of the Shimanto River. Canoekan also runs canoeing experience activities and canoe tours. There is a comprehensive range of facilities, including a café and a shop which sells local specialty products, as well as a camp site and log cabin accommodation, etc. Visitors can spend a whole day enjoying the Shimanto River.
  • Sunriver Shimanto Bussankan
    Kouchi Pref. Shimantoshi Uyama 383-7
    Sunriver Shimanto Bussankan, Shikoku’s largest local specialty products store, is located around 10 minutes’ walk from the Tosa Kuroshio Railway’s Nakamura Station. Its location in Shimanto City center means that store receives large numbers of both local shoppers and tourist visitors. There is an extensive product display area, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables supplied directly by farmers in the Shimanto area, dried fish and other processed fish products from fish caught in Tosa Bay, and a wide range of other local specialty products. One of the most popular confectionery products (so popular that the store sometimes runs out) is Daifuku rice cakes made with fresh cream and Shimanto’s Mitsuimo sweet potatoes. There is also a restaurant where visitors can enjoy seasonal dishes made with locally-sourced fresh vegetables and local fish species.
  • 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.
  • Nishigawaya (Chiyoricho Main Shop)
    1 Reviews
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Chiyorichou 1-7-2
    30 meters from Chiyoricho-1-chome Station, this confectioner has been dealing in traditional Kochi sweets since 1688. A simple dried confection, kenpi is a traditional sweet inspired by bran and the shirakami-somen given by a purveyor of the Yamauchi clan lord. Also, traditional pickled plums, and new brands of sweets reminiscent of Sakamoto Ryoma and Yamauchi Kazutoyo (who have connections to Tosa), would make great gifts or souvenirs. Other popular items include “Tosa sweet” —a bouchee made with Tosa ingredients—and goat-milk pudding, made with lots of goat milk.


  • Tosa Jizakeya
    459-13 Shimantocho-cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi prefecture
    Tosa Jizakeya is a shop specializing in local varieties of sake, housed in a building that resembles an old-style farmhouse and located near the Shimanto River in the Taisho District. It is unusual in that it has sold only local sake from Kochi Prefecture ever since its founding. This devotion to principle is reflected in the fact that the shop never sells sake from any other prefecture. It sells the products of sake brewers from all over Kochi Prefecture, such as Mutemuka, the home of the Taisho District’s famous Dabada Hiburi. In addition, it deals in rare, limited varieties that cannot be found anywhere else. Tosa Jizakeya also sells its merchandise over the internet, so that customers can have sake from Kochi Prefecture shipped to anywhere in Japan.
  • HAMAKO Harimaya Main Shop
    16 Reviews
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Harimayachou 1-1-1
    Hamako is located beside Harimaya Bridge, known for its ties to the folk song “Yosakoi-bushi” It is one of Kochi Prefecture’s signature sweet shops, primarily dealing in Tosa confectionery. Hamako’s original Japanese sweets include their famous kanzashi and mizuyokan confectioneries. Both have appeared many times in popular souvenir features in magazines and other media. What makes these sweets exquisite is using fruit peel essence extracted with deep ocean water without the use of heat. They provide the luscious taste of nature without losing the fragrance and nutrients of the fruit.


  • boulangerie Monamona
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Atagomachi 1-9-16
    The chic Western style bakery “boulangerie Monamona” (with a small “b”) is in front of the overpass by the Atago shopping district. Its parent shop is the long-established “Yamate-pan,” famous throughout Kochi Prefecture. They sell a wide variety of breads and cakes including a regional pastry known as “boushi pan.” Everyday passersby can see them baking fresh bread in their kitchen from the shop window. One corner of the store also features a cafe. Come spend a relaxing time with coffee and bread baked on the premises.
  • Yuing Shimanto
    8 Reviews
    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunshimantochou Higashionaro 514-14
    Yuing Shimanto is a tourist center located just across the Niida River after getting off the Kochi Expressway’s Shimantocho Chuo Interchange. It provides a toilet and a restaurant that is mainly used as the rest spot by tourists who have been driving a long time. The restaurant offers a number of dishes, and they have a morning breakfast buffet that the locals also love. They also sell specialty products from the Shimanto River basin. Try the freshly prepared onigiri rice balls made with Niida rice, also called “fragrant rice.”

    ドライブの途中で、軽く食べようと思って寄らせていただきました。 休憩所とお土産物屋さんですが、レストランのメニューも豊富です。 四万十町といえば豚肉ですが、ラーメンの種類が多く、一番推しのものをいただきました。 あっさりした醤油味、おいしかったです。

  • Yuzu-no-Mori Farm Stand
    Kouchi Pref. Akigunumajimura Umaji 3888-4
    Umaji Village is famous for producing yuzu citron, and its Yuzu-no-Mori Farm Stand is housed in a former forest railroad station made of yanase cedar. Here they sell fruits and vegetables grown in Umaji Village as well as specialty products made of yuzu. They offer yuzu products like juice and seasoning, along with a seven-spice blend made with yuzu peel and a wide variety of soaps using yuzu essential oil. They also sell unique items made with yuzu juice like Umaji sushi and donuts.
  • Okkoya
    Kouchi Pref. Kounanshi Akaokachou 448-1
    Located just seven minutes from the Akaoka Station by foot, the Okkoya is a variety shop handling handmade products and second-hand items including, Japanese zori, wooden geta sandals, ceramic and glass products, as well as vintage cameras and sewing machines. Along with the everyday sundries they also carry fashion accessories, making a visit to the store even worth just browsing. It is an inviting locale with a relaxing atmosphere created by the locals who enjoy just hanging out with the friendly owners. Uchiwa paper fan-making workshops can be arranging by reservation in advance.
  • Ashizuri Kuroshio Marketplace
    27 Reviews
    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Shimizu 932-5
    This facility, lined with various restaurants and shops, was built in Tosashimizu City, Kochi Prefecture to promote its tourism and local fish products. One can taste the fishes fostered by the kuroshio currents, the fresh fish caught the same morning or evening, prepared as sashimi or donburi dishes. You can taste and purchase the fisherman’s Ryoshi Miso made from the recipe handed down for many years by fishermen. Various workshops and activities are offered including bonito braising, whale watching, and the “Be a Fisherman” experience.


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    Kochi Kochi-shi Hadaminamimachi 1-4-8
  • Kida Sake
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Aioichou 4-10
    This liquor store is located in Aioi-cho, Kochi City. It offers local sakes from Tosa breweries including Suigei, Kameizumi, Kure, Bijofu, Akitora, and Tosatsuru, carefully-selected brands from across Japan, and a selection of shochu, wine, and other alcoholic beverages.
  • KOMI BAKERY (Hirome Market Store
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Obiyamachi 2-3-1
    This bakery is located inside the Hirome Market food court in Obiya-machi 2-Chome, Kochi City. Their offerings include their jirowassan, mini croissants made exclusively with eggs from Kochi’s Tosa Jiro local chicken breed, and their kamadashi cheese cakes, which are baked in Nanban ovens, as well as bread, sandwiches, and cakes. It also offers economical sets that pair these items with alcoholic or soft drinks.
  • Manten no hoshi
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Minamikawazoe 24-15
    This shop located in Minamikawazoe, Kochi City offers a range of products from Tsuno Town (also in Kochi Prefecture), which is part of the Shimanto River watershed. These include vegetables harvested fresh each morning in Tsuno, processed products, flowers, sundries, and more. At the adjacent café, visitors can enjoy a variety of items including beef steak sets and roast beef made with Tsunoyama beef and Tosa Wagyu, as well as sweets made with tea grown in Tsuno Town.
  • AOYAGI Co., Ltd. Harimaya Hashimoto Store
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Harimayachou 1-4-1
    This Japanese sweets shop is part of the Harimayabashi Shopping Street in Harimaya-cho 1-Chome, Kochi City. It offers a number of Tosa-themed sweets including their Tosa Nikki, which feature strained adzuki bean paste wrapped in soft rice cake, their “Ryoma ga yuku”, a milk-based sweet made with lots of milk, and their “Tosa JIROLL”, roll cakes made with eggs from Kochi’s “Tosa Jiro” local chicken breed.
  • Imoya Kinjiro (Oroshi Danchi Shop)
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Minamigoza 7-36
    This shop specializing in sweets made from sweet potatoes is located in Oroshi Danchi, Minamikubo, Kochi City. The shop is operated by Shibuya Foods, a venerable sweet potato sweets manufacturer that is Japan’s biggest producer of imo-kenpi, a popular Kochi sweet potato snack. The shop offers additive-free imo-kenpi that is made the old-fashioned with natural ingredients and shipped straight from the factory. At the shop’s café, visitors can also enjoy sweets made from sweet potatoes including their “Sweet Potato” cakes, parfaits, and puddings together with their carefully-crafted specialty coffees.

Kochi Main Areas


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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