Spots in Kochi City Area

  • Kochi Prefecture Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    262 Reviews
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    Kochi Kochi-shi Urado Shiroyama 830

    This museum, dedicated to Ryoma Sakamoto, a low ranking samurai who dreamed of modernizing Japan, is a worthwhile visit. It tells you of the struggles and determination of Sakamoto and other...

  • Chikurin-ji Temple
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    4.5
    199 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Godaisan 3577
    The Chikurin-ji Temple is a Shingon Buddhist temple of the Chizan school, located on Godai-san (Mt. Godai) in Kochi City. The temple’s full formal name is Godai-san Konjiki-in Chikurin-ji. The temple was founded by the monk Gyoki in 724; it was designated by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) as one of the temples included in the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and subsequently became known as one of the most renowned ancient temples in the Tosa region. The main object of veneration in the temple is a statue of Monju Bosatsu (the bodhisattva Manjushri), who is associated with insight and wisdom, so students often come to the temple to pray for success in their exams. Besides the main hall, the Daishi-do hall, the five-storied pagoda, and the garden (which is reputed to have been created by the master garden planner Muso Kokushi) are all worth seeing. The temple houses a considerable number of designated Important Cultural Properties.

    This experience was hard to put into words. We were in Japan from America for two weeks of business and managed to squeak in some sight-seeing. About half that time was in Kochi, which was...

  • Katsurahama Aquarium
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    The Katsurahamaxa0Aquariumxa0in Kochi is a very smallxa0aquariumxa0across from the beach that has a hoky family owned and family run feel. They have open exibits with hands on animal encounters which you pay...

  • Ryoma's Birthplace Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    145 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Kamimachi 2-6-33
    This memorial museum is located in Kamimachi Town, Kochi City, the birthplace of Sakamoto Ryoma. It introduces the history and culture of Kamimachi Town, and the family and people relating to Sakamoto Ryoma in an easy-to-understand way using various materials such as models and virtual experience videos. Volunteer guides are available in the museum to guide you around the exhibition. Historic tours beginning at the museum visiting places relating to Ryoma are also gathering popularity (reservations required in advance).

    You can learn about Ryoma Sakamoto by letters, video, photos and a lot of documents! If he was not there, we can’t live like now!!! We need to appreciate his big work!

  • Kochi Tabi Hiroba
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    3.5
    144 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Kitahonmachi 2-chome 10-17
    Kochi Tabi Hiroba is located directly in front of Kochi Station. It houses the “Tosa Terrace” Kochi tourist information center, and is the venue for “Tosa Omotenashi Kaientai” stage performances for tourists, which are held every weekend and on public holidays. The statues of famous historical figures Sakamoto Ryoma, Nakaoka Shintaro and Takeichi Hanpeita make a great backdrop for souvenir photos.

    If you are taking trains at Kochi station, you would not miss this location. ANd a picture during sunny blue sky days would be very nice. It is just in front of JR station, next to Tourist...

  • Tosa-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Ikkushinane 2-16-1
    This shrine is located in Ikkushinane, Kochi City. Said to date back to ancient times, it enshrines Ajisukitakahikone no Kami, the Shinto deity of land development and industrial prosperity, and Hitokotonushi no Kami, the Shinto deity of harmony and cooperation. It is widely believed to grant visitors wishes for better fortune and good luck. The current main building designated a national cultural important property was rebuilt in 1570 by the samurai warlord Chosokabe Motochika.

    There is something special about the shrines, which are all over the city. They have a mystical feel to them. The beauty of the buildings, lanterns, sculptures and gardens realty grab your...

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

  • Kochi Castle
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Marunouchi 1-2-1
    A castle called “Otakasayama Castle” was built before the Warring States Period, but Kochi Castle was established by the first Tosa feudal lord, Yamanouchi Kazutoyo at the beginning of the Edo period. It is also known as the only castle where the structures in the inner citadel remain completely intact. 15 of the buildings have been designated as Important Cultural Properties. There are also statues of Taisuke Itagaki, Yamanouchi Kazutoyo and his wife, Chiyo located near Ote-mon gate, and the castle keep’s magical form rises from the surface as it is illuminated at night.
  • Kochi Yosakoi Joho Koryukan
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Harimayachou 1-10-1
    The Kochi Yosakoi Joho Koryukan is a museum that showcases the history and appeal of the Yosakoi Festival, which was founded in 1954. There is a “Yosakoi Theatre” with a 150-inch large-screen display showing how the Yosakoi Festival has developed over time, which really makes visitors feel as though they are watching the Festival in real life, along with a “Yosakoi Experience Corner” where visitors can try on the costumes worn by Yosakoi Festival dancers. Both adults and children will enjoy a visit here.

    We went into this little museum on a recent cruise visit to Kochi - it is dedicated to the Yosakoi festivals, where participants wear brightly coloured costumes while dancing. There was a video to...

  • Katsurahama Beach
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Urado
    This is one of the places of scenic beauty which is representative of Kochi Prefecture. It is a popular venue for viewing the moon as it commands a view over Tosa Bay, and “Yosakoi” (traditional Kochi dance) melodies are also sung. At Katsurahama Beach, The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum and a statue of the leader to which Tosa gave birth at the end of the Edo period, Sakamoto Ryoma as he calmly gazes in the direction of the Pacific Ocean and there is also a monument of the literary figure, Omachi Keigetsu. The Katsurahama Kangetsusai Festival is held around the time of the “Chushu no Meigetsu” (Harvest moon).
  • Kochi Castle Museum of History
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    4.0
    68 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...

  • Hirome Market
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    4.0
    838 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Obiyamachi 2-3-1
    Located in 2-chome, Obiya-machi, Kochi City, Hirome Market is a large food market containing food stalls and other small shops. The large number of food stalls includes places offering local Tosa dishes, as well as a wide range of other cuisine including standard Japanese food, Chinese food, Italian food, Indian food, etc. Diners order their food from the food stalls and then take it to eat in the shared central dining area. There are also shops selling local souvenirs, massage providers, etc., making this a great place for shopping or relaxation. The walkways and eating areas within the Market have been given the names of famous spots in Kochi Prefecture, such as Ryoma Street, O-Joka Square (Castle Town Square), Igosso Lane, etc.

    The quality of food is unbelievable, so fresh and well made, sit with a group and make some new friends in this lovely communal setting. Do keep an eye out for the flags because it can be easy to...

  • Sekkeiji Temple
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Nagahama 857-3
    This temple belongs to the Rinzai sect of Myoshinji Temple and is located in Nagahama in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, and it is the 33rd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It was built in 815 by Kukai as Kofukuji Temple of the Shingon sect, and Chosokabe Motochika, a Sengoku daimyo of Tosa, changed its affiliation to the Rinzai sect. Afterward, it became the family temple of the Chosokabe family and was renamed Sekkeiji Temple. Enshrined at the temple are the principal image of Bhaisajyaguru with flanking samurai, sculpted by Unkei in the Kamakura period, as well as the triad Vaisravana sculpted by Tankei, which have been designated National Important Cultural Properties.

    八十八か所の第三十三番札所です。あまり派手さもなり地味なお寺でこういうお寺が非常に落ち着きます。多くは金の匂いがプンプンなので。

  • Motoo-zan Tanema-ji Temple
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Harunochouakiyama 72-73
    The Motoo-zan Tanema-ji Temple is the 34th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, around the 6th century a sculptor of Buddhist statues who was traveling by ship from Paekche (in Korea) was caught in a storm, and had to put into harbor near what is now the site of the Tanema-ji Temple. While there, he carved a statue of the Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha), as an offering to ensure a safe journey. Subsequently, Kobo Daishi visited the site and built a temple there, with the statue of the Bhaisajyaguru as the main object of veneration. The Tanema-ji Temple became famous as a temple at which to pray for a smooth childbirth. Pregnant women would visit here and present ladles to the monks; the monks would then remove the lower part of the ladle, offer a prayer, and return it to the woman, in a custom known as “Soko-nuke Hishaku.”

    2冊の納経帳を出した時、上の1冊が裏返しになってしまっていました。これは良くなかったのですが、この出し方に気分を害した朱印を書く女性は不機嫌な態度で酷い文字で殴り書きです。事情を知らない同行者も「何をあんなに怒っているのか?」と直ぐに感じるくらいの怒り方。殴り書きした後に、その女性は「裏で出すなど気分が悪いと」文句を言ってきました。シルバー人材からの派遣で素事をする人であれば、金を貰うビジネスです...

  • Katsuobune
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Nida 201-2
    This drive-in rest stop is located on the side of the Kuroshio Line in Niida, Kochi City. It features four restaurants for visitors to enjoy. At the Tosa Tataki Dojo, guests can eat freshly-caught skipjack tuna they seared themselves with burning straw. At the café Kashiko, guests can enjoy sweets made with adzuki bean paste. Other restaurants include Kujira no Ippuku, which offers seared skipjack tuna donburi (rice bowls), and Omusubi Kororin, which specialized in udon noodles. There is also a shop that offers processed Tosa seafood products, local sake, local sweets, and other local products.

    かつお船(かつおぶね)は、高知県高知市仁井田(こうちけんこうちしにいだ)にあるレストランだ。 この日は自宅を車で出発し、かつお船にやってきた。 観光バスが入れる大きな駐車場があり、困ることはないだろう。 店頭には食品サンプルが出されており、安心して入ることができる。 すぐ隣は、土産物店だ。 またその先に、土佐たたき道場という鰹のタタキを自分で藁焼き体験できる施設もある。 その横は、うどん屋。 道...

  • Wanpaku Kochi
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    ライオン、トラ、ジャガー! 大型ネコ科界のスター揃い♪なのに無料なんて! とても親切で丁寧な掲示板がたくさんあり、 動物たちへの愛情を感じました。 規模は大きくないですが、 ダイジェスト版の動物図鑑から飛び出してきた かのような網羅の仕方もポイント! むしろ小さなこども連れにはぴったりかと♪

  • Dodo-zan Zenraku-ji Temple
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Ikkushinane 2-23-11
    The Dodo-zan Zenraku-ji Temple is the 30th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. During the period when the boundaries between Shintoism and Buddhism were relatively fluid, Kobo Daishi established the Zenraku-ji Temple as a Betto-ji (Buddhist temple associated with a Shinto shrine) of the Takagamo Daimyojin Shrine (the most prestigious Shinto shrine in the Tosa region). The Temple received protection from the Tosa domain, and flourished for many years. However, the Temple was closed down during the anti-Buddhist movement of the Meiji period; it was reestablished in 1929. The statue of Kobo Daishi in the Temple is known as Yakuyoke Daishi. The statue of Jizo (the Protector of Children) in the Koyasu Jizo Hall within the Temple precincts is also said to have been modeled on Kobo Daishi.

    土佐の国の一宮土佐神社参拝の際に、すぐ隣にあるこのお寺を見つけ参拝しました。 百々山東明院善楽寺という真言宗のお寺で、四国霊場30番札所となっていました。 前回徳島に行った際に10番札所まで回りましたが、いきなり20番飛んで30番札所のお参りとなりました。 神仏分離の前までは土佐一宮の別当寺だったようです。 土佐神社参拝の際には参道のすぐ右側にあるこちらのお寺もお参りすることをお勧めします。

  • Kochi Literary Museum
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Marunouchi 1-1-20
    Kochi Literary Museum sits proudly at the foot of the hill on which Kochi Castle is situated. The displays, which are arranged both chronologically and by theme, include materials relating to, and works by, approximately 40 authors and literati with links to the Kochi area, ranging from Kino Tsurayuki—the author of the Tosa Nikki (“Tosa Diary”), which is the earliest surviving literary diary written in Japanese—to modern authors such as Hiro Arikawa. The Kochi Literary Museum has adopted a unique approach to its permanent exhibitions, holding rotating exhibitions that feature both authors whose anniversaries are being commemorated, and exhibitions on authors who have recently become a focus of interest. Every visit to the Museum is sure to provide an opportunity to learn something new about literature. Kochi Literary Museum also has a special commemorative room dedicated to the physicist and essayist Terada Torahiko, who was born in Kochi, and a special exhibition on the world portrayed in the literary works of Miyao Tomiko, with displays of manuscripts, letters, pictures and other important materials.

    Kamochi Masuzumi, a nameless philosopher, used to live in Tosa, one generation earlier than Bakumatsu or the Meiji restoration. He died 5 years after Perrys visit to Japan. A display in the Kochi...

  • Ryoma-den Bakumatsu Heroes Pavilion
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kochi Kochi-shi Kitahonmachi 2-10-17
    A visit here feels like stepping back in time to the end of the Edo period. The reproduction of Sakamoto Ryoma's birthplace was used for filming Ryomaden, an NHK drama. It has an area showcasing Ryoma and other important Kochi figures from that time, as well as an area for taking photos. They also have a fun shop with items including Kochi specialties and sweets, Kochi and Ryoma themed merchandise, tea house fare, and more.

    This is may be a reconstruction, a house used as a film set for one of Japanese TV’s year long historical TAIGA dramas (focused on local samurai hero Ryoma Sakamoto), but it is a lovely one. Great...

  • Kochi Liberty and People's Rights Museum
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Sambashidori 4-14-3
    This memorial museum is located on the side of Prefectural Route 34 in Sanbashidori 4-Chome, Kochi City. The museum features exhibit on Tosa in the early modern period with a focus on the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement, Japan’s first national democracy movement. In the Minkenza theater, which recreates the atmosphere of the venues where members of the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement gave speeches, visitors can view a film about Ueki Emori, one of its key members. In addition to exhibit halls, the museum’s other facilities include a gallery, an event hall, a library, a local information room, and even a restaurant.

    とさでん(路面電車)の桟橋車庫前電停から徒歩3分ほど。入館料は320円だがとさでんの一日乗車券を提示すると250円に割引となる。館内の展示物は撮影不可。 はるか昔、授業で自由民権運動について学んだが、その内容はすっかり忘れてしまった。この記念館では自由民権運動の流れ、土佐での動きについて学ぶことができる。土佐は自由民権運動発祥の地で、運動を主導した板垣退助や中江兆民を輩出したとのこと。内容的にはか...

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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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