Spots in Aki / Muroto Area

  • Monet's Garden Marmottan in Kitagawa Village
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    4.0
    108 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    Breathtakingly Beautiful, this botanical garden and museum lives up to its name and captures the essence of Mr. Monets work and living subject matter in all its eloquence. How someone could not give...

  • Roadside Station Kira Messe Muroto
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    3.5
    54 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kochi Pref. Muroto City Kiragawacho Hei 890-11
    This roadside station is located on the side of National Route 55 in Hei Kiragawa-cho, Muroto City. Its restaurant offers set meals, donburi (rice bowls), and other dishes made with ingredients including local fish, the local fruits and vegetable, and Koshihikari rice grown in Kiragawa-cho. It also offers as a selection of whale dishes. The facility also features a market that offers products such as fresh produce, fresh fish, and processed products. At the Kujirakan whale museum, visitors can see museum exhibits on Muroto’s whaling tradition and also experience entertaining VR and AR content.

    制限するのであれば、その間は営業はしないとか、 営業するのであれば土日は頑張っていただきたいと思いました。 海鮮丼は美味しかったです。

  • Cape Muroto
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotomisakichou
    Cape Muroto has been selected as one of Japan’s best 100 coastal spots. It is a beautiful scenic spot where visitors can see the deep blue ocean, and a white lighthouse stands at the very tip of the cape.
  • Muroto Dolphins Center
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotomisakichou 6810-162
    Located within Murotozaki fishing port, the Muroto Dolphin Center is a dolphin care facility where you can experience dolphins up close. You get the opportunity to touch them, swim with them or try training them—there are many fun programs available. There are also special programs designed for children with developmental disorders such as autism to encourage them with sense of achievement. A facility for all to enjoy, from kids to adults, families and groups.

    This is one of my favorite places in kochi! You can make great experience with dolphins! You can feed, do some signs, and even swim!!!

  • Kiragawa Historic Streets
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    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...

  • AKI STATION JIBASAN MARKET
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kochi Aki-shi Yanomaru 4-2-30
    A shop in Aki Station on the Gomen-Nahari Line. It sells fresh vegetables picked in the eastern area, prepared items, and fresh fish. The shop is popular with the locals, offering an array of boxed lunches, locally made side dishes, and specialties like local sake and Uchiharano-yaki ware. Its bakery sells a large variety of items baked fresh daily, including their popular Eggplant Curry Buns; a favorite of folks of all ages, they feature eggplant, a local specialty. They also lend out bikes for free.

    安芸駅併設の道の駅のような店舗。レンタサイクルが無料で借りられるというので立ち寄りましたが…雨が降りそうだから一切貸さないとにべもなく断られ途方にくれる。店舗には地元の商品が販売されていたりパン屋が入っていたりしますが食べるスペースはありません。タクシーも少なく他の交通手段もあまりないので結局雨は降らなかったのでもう少し柔軟な対応をしてもらいたいものです。

  • Nakaoka Shintaro Museum
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Akigunkitagawamura Kashiwagi 140
    This museum is located in Kashiwagi, Kitagawa Village, Aki County. It features exhibits related to Nakaoka Shintaro, a samurai who played a major role in the Satsuma-Choshu Alliance alongside Sakamoto Ryoma. These exhibits include videos and panels on the life of Nakaoka as well as valuable historical artifacts. The museum also holds special exhibits about the Bakumatsu, the final years of the Edo period.

    中岡慎太郎生家(なかおかしんたろうせいか)は、高知県安芸郡北川村柏木(こうちけんあきぐんきたがわむらかしわぎ)にある古民家だ。 幕末の偉人「中岡慎太郎」が生まれた家が復元されている。 この日はモネの庭マルモッタンを見学した。 そこから車で、中岡慎太郎生家にやってきた...

  • Nahari Station Market Ichijiku
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kochi Aki-gun Naharicho Otsu 1305-6 Nahari Sta. 1F
    This is a local produce and souvenir center adjoining the Nahari Station, the last station on the Gomen Nahari Line. Fresh vegetables, and other produce and Kochi products are sold on the first floor of the station. The fresh-picked vegetables harvested each morning are very reasonably priced, as the farmers themselves price them. There are many items that can only be found here, such as the local-brew unrefined sake, Doburoku, and the no-additive natural Nahari miso. The fig jam, and sherbet made with Nahari fruit are so well liked that customers come back for more. One their higher-end gift items are the yuzu-pork, and the Komegaoka region chicken products, which have the honor of being chosen as hometown-tax-payment thank you gifts.

    地元でとれるいちじくをジャムやドライフルーツにしてしています。 弁当やサンドイッチもあり、狭いのに品ぞろえが豊富です。

  • Aki City Museum of History and Folklore
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kochi Aki-shi Doi 953-I
    A museum located at the site of Aki Castle. The Goto family—senior Tosa domain officials during the Warring States period—once lived there. It houses documents related to the Goto family, a valuable resource for understanding the Tosa domain during the feudal era. There is also a collection of arts and crafts, weapons, and folk implements connected to the local area. The permanent exhibition showcases important people with Aki ties, such as the founder of the Mitsubishi Group, Yataro Iwasaki. Archaeological artifacts excavated within the city limits and old documents are also on display, making it easy to get an overview of Aki's history. Special exhibits, such as of dolls from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods, are held two or three times a year.

    Great place to learn a bit about the history of Aki City (and Kochi Prefecture). They have a basic guide available in English.

  • Umaji Shinrin Railway and Incline
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Akigunumajimura Umaji 3564-1
    This forest railway is located in front of Community Center Umaji in Umaji, Umaji Village, Aki County. The roughly 300-meter-long railway is a 2:3 scale reproduction of the forest railway that was once used to carry lumber here. The top of the steep incline offers a sweeping view of the surrounding scenery.

    天気もよく、坂を下り馬路温泉に車を止めて坂を上ると目の前に森林鉄道があり、週末と祝日しかやってないみたいです。 木でできた切符をもらい歩いても行ける距離を二周回ってくれます。 そよ風も心地よく、川の流れも綺麗でお子さんにはとても喜ばれると思います。

  • Murotozan Myojoin Hotsumisakiji Temple
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotomisakichou 4058-1
    This temple is located in Muroto-Anan Kaigan Quasi-National Park in Murotomisaki-cho, Muroto City. The 24th of the 88 temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage, it was the first sacred site? in Kochi Prefecture. The temple is sometimes called Higash-dera (east temple) because of its juxtaposition with Kongochoji, also known as Nishi-dera (west temple), which is located on the western side of Murotomisaki Cape and is the 26th temple on the pilgrimage. The temple enshrines a number of Buddhist images that are nationally-designated Important Cultural Properties including the stone statue of Nyoirin Kannon sitting in half lotus position, the wooden seated statue of Yakushi Nyorai, and the wooden standing statue of the bodhisattvas Candraprabha.

    ここの多宝塔は朱色ではなくピンク色になっています。建立当時は鮮やかな朱色であったものが、潮風などの影響を長年受けて変色したのかなと思いました。

  • Umaji Onsen, Community Center Umaji
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kouchi Pref. Akigunumajimura Umaji 3564-1
    This hot spring inn and day spa is located in Umaji, Umaji Village, Aki County. Its baths, which are fed by a sodium - hydrogen carbonate - chloride spring, are said to help with wounds, burns, rheumatism, and other conditions. Family baths are also available. Guests can also enjoy yuzu citrus baths during the winter solstice​. The inn’s restaurant offers set meals and other items made with the delicious seasonal food of the land and the rivers, Kochi’s Tosa Jiro local chicken breed, yuzu citrus (one of the specialties of Umaji), and other ingredients. It also offers bungalows in addition to standard guest rooms.

    馬路村を訪れた際に、こちらで昼食を食べました。おそらく馬路村では、こちらとうまじのパン屋以外で食事できるところはないと思われます。 レストランでは、からあげ丼を頂きました。柚子のドレッシングをかける点が馬路村っぽく良かったです。ゆずソフトも美味しかったです。

  • Roadside Station Kiramesse Muroto Whale Museum
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    Excellent museum, wish there was more English there. Great view spot Nice sea just outside the place and good place to eat, next door.

  • Konrinji Temple
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kochi Aki-gun Umajimura Umaji 4281
    A Shingon Buddhist temple of the Koyasan lineage located in the mountains of eastern Kochi Prefecture. The exact date of construction is unknown, but it dates back as far as the late Heian period and has long been a center of local faith. Legend says the priest Kobo Daishi (Kukai) built it in a single night. It's the only nationally designated Important Cultural Property in eastern Kochi Prefecture. The 5.5-meter beams of the inner and outer hall and the 7.3-meter cross beams of the temple hall are made in a style typical of the middle and late Muromachi periods. Simply yet skillfully built with high-quality materials like cypress and cedar, the construction method of using wide boards rather than rafters is unusual. The temple is highly valued as an example of the region's architectural culture come to fruition.

    平安時代前期に空海が建立したと伝承されている寺院です。当然(無理な話ですが)一夜建立とも云われている薬師堂は重文指定されていました。この堂宇の素晴らしさは色彩で飾ってなくて、木の有する本来の美しさが今に伝わっている点です。構造も垂木を使用せずに軒板だけで軒を支えていると云う全国的にも稀有な構造をしています。使用木材は当然、魚梁瀬の良質な森林から切り出されたものです。境内自由。

  • Roadside Station Tanoekiya
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kouchi Pref. Aki-gun Tanocho Kamishimata 1431-1
    This roadside station located on the side of Tosa-higashi Highway in Tano Town, Aki County is part of Tano Station. Its shop offers regional specialties, fresh seafood, vegetables harvested fresh each morning by local farmers, bento boxes, side dishes, and more. The station’s food corner offers udon and other types of noodles, rice dishes such as their surimidon (which features fried fish paste coated with Tosa Jiro eggs and served on a bowl of rice), ice cream, and more. It also offers tourist information and rental cycles, making it a good base for sightseeing in the surrounding area.

    道の駅の中にある軽食屋さん。 隣ではお土産物や手作りのお弁当などが種類豊富に売っている。 メニューにはうどんなどがあるが、隣の売店で買ったお弁当などを持ち込んで食べることも出来る。 席は自由に座ることができる。 ただアルコールは禁止とのこと。 ちょっと一休みにちょうど良い場所だ。

  • Aki Calligraphy Art Museum
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Aki Tourist Information Center
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kochi Aki-shi Yanomaru 1-4-32
    A tourist information center located in central Aki. Promoting eastern Kochi prefecture and Aki in particular, they provide information on the latest events and places to visit. Opened in conjunction with the Shikoku Kochi Ryoma Furusato Expo, it has an area providing lots of information on the founder of the Mitsubishi Group, Yataro Iwasaki. With genealogical charts including a family tree and a chart showing ties to the Ryomas on display, you can get a sense of his life and the turbulent times he lived in. The center also sells souvenirs and lends out bikes for free, making it a perfect stop for exploring Aki.

    竜馬パスポートの青色から赤色への変更手続きができる施設と 案内があったので、利用させていただきました。 国道沿いの広い駐車スペースのある施設で便利でした。 施設内には、各種のパンフレット類も豊富に置いていて 良かったです。 お土産類もありますが、これは普通かも。

  • Cape Muroto Lighthouse
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotomisakichou
    This lighthouse is the symbol of Cape Muroto, which juts out into the deep-blue sea. The contrast between the chalk-white lighthouse and the vast ocean expanse is gorgeous, making it a popular spot for taking in the view. The lens has a diameter of 2.6 meters making it one of the largest in Japan. Every year on the Sundays before and after November 1st, a “Lighthouse Festival” is held and the interior is opened to the public.
  • Umajimura Hometown Center Makaichotte-ya
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Akigunumajimura Umaji 382-1
    Umaji Village is located just north on the Umajido Road from Yasuda Town, Aki County, Kochi Prefecture. At the “Hometown Center Makaichotte-ya” located at the town entrance, visitors can get guidance on tourist spots such as Umaji Onsen and the forest. The retail stores sell specialty citron products and other wooden handmade goods. Umaji Village has been an active forest industry for many years. Their bags made from cedar have become a brand of the village, and have been sold in Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    馬路を散策中迷子になり立ち寄りました。 お土産も沢山あり、木の香りが凄くして良かったです。 木の鞄がとても綺麗で欲しかった(つд;*)

  • Black tea / Curry Shittoroto
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Moto Kou 2748-3
    This café is located on the side of National Route 55 in Motoko, Muroto City. It is popular for their authentic homemade curries made with local vegetables and other ingredients, such as their spicy Awa-odori chicken curry. Guests can also enjoy black tea made with seasonal tea leaves, homemade bread, and more.

    Because of this wonderful restaurant, I love the Muroto city. The curry made of Muroto foods and every curry tastes so good(1,000yen).

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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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