Traditional Streets/Houses Spots in Kochi Area
- Kiragawa Historic Streets
- Travel / Tourism
- Kouchi Pref. Muroto-shi Kiragawacho Ko 2200-1
- Kiragawa-cho, Muroto City is a neighborhood that has retained its Meiji era townscape. Lined with merchant houses, storehouses, and other period buildings, it was the first district in Kochi Prefecture to be designated as a National Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings. The district is notable for its plaster walls, “mizukiri” drainage tiles, and its “ishiguro,” stone masonry outer walls built to protect homes from typhoons.
In comparison with other old towns, Kiragawa is a small village. Nonetheless, there is a certain atmosphere here which we liked very much. We were there on a quiet morning. It was very peaceful...
- Nahari Townscape
- Travel / Tourism
- Kochi Aki-gun Nahari Cho Nahari Otsu
- Just about 50 kilometers east from downtown Kochi City, this beautiful quiet rural Nahari Town surrounded by natural beauty has been major travel hub since ancient times. Preserved throughout in this historic town are residences and traditional structures with the enduring Tosa plaster. This is the location of the “Naha-no-tomari” mentioned in the famous travel diary, Tosa Nikki. This area, which has a long history of being threatened by typhoon and thunderstorms from the ocean. For this reason, a uniquely local architecture of using mizukiri tiles to protect the thick-whitewashed plaster facades from the direct wash of the rain was developed here. Although, no longer the bustling town of yesteryear, one can get a sense of the historic grandeur from the white-washed plastered warehouses that can be seen even along the national highway through town.
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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