Spots in Kochi / Nankoku Area

  • Kochi Prefecture Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    262 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Hirome Market
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    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...

  • Ryugado Cave
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    164 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Kamishi Tosayamadachousakakawa 1424
    Ryugado Cave is a sightseeing limestone cave which is representative of Japan, which is said to have been formed over roughly 175 million years. There are remains of a cave dwelling from the Yayoi period in the vicinity of the entrance of an internal cave, and “Kami no Tsubo” can be seen within the cave in which Yayoi pottery has been integrated into stalactites. You can enjoy the beauty of nature moulding such as stalactite, stalagmite or celestial stone of 11 meters in height in this cave. There is a standard sightseeing course of about one kilometer but the 90 minute course in which you stretch and make progress through narrow caves and also the “Adventure Course” in which you climb onto three meter high rocks using ropes are also popular.

    Visited here in the humid heat in the middle of summer. What a relief! The caves were nice and cool and absolutely beautiful. You can take your time wandering through. The price is a little steep at...

  • 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...

  • Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture
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    4.5
    124 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    のいち動物園は広くて、めっちゃ楽しかった。動物達をよく観ることができて、皆元気そうでした。また是非訪ねます。 Noichi Zoo was really awesome. Surprisingly spacious! I’ll be sure to visit again! Nagyon király hely, nagyon tágas! Biztosan megyünk még!

  • Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
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    4.5
    125 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Kamishi Kahokuchoubirafu 1224-2
    The Anpanman Museum at Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum was established in 1996 with the intention of collecting, studying and displaying the diverse and creative works of Takashi Yanase, the creator of Anpanman. There are plenty of things to see and do such as the Takashi Yanase Gallery and Anpanman Theater with original drawings from his picture books and animations, as well as The Repository with all sorts of character goods on display. Both adults and children can enjoy the museum to their heart’s content. The three meter high Fighting Anpanman Statue is also a great place for photos.

    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...

  • Katsurahama Aquarium
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    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Kure Taisho-machi Market
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Shopping
    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...

  • Roadside Station Kawauso no sato Susaki
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    48 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kouchi Pref. Susakishi Shimobun Jia 263-3
    This roadside station is located on the side of the Nakamura Highway in Shimobunko, Susaki City. It hosts a number of different shops offering items such as seasonal vegetables such as Japanese ginger (of which Susaki is Japan’s biggest producer), citrus and other varieties of fruit, seafood such as skipjack tuna seared with burning straw, Kochi’s famous “Aisukurin” frozen treat, local sake, souvenirs, gardening products, and more. Its restaurant offers a range of dishes including nabeyaki ramen noodles, a local Susaki delicacy, as well as set meals and donburi (rice bowls) featuring seafood such as skipjack tuna and moray eel.

    2階建ての大きな建物で、1階は物販施設となっており、高知の地酒、菓子類、海産物などが豊富に揃っています。店の入り口には芋ケンピがたくさん陳列されており目立っていました。店の奥では、鰹のタタキを藁焼きする実演販売をしていました。

  • Nakatsu Gorge
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Agawagunniyodogawachou Nanokawa
    This river gorge is located in Nanokawa, Niyodogawa Town, Agawa County. It is a good spot for viewing the beautiful ''Niyodo Blue'' surface of the Niyodo River, which is known as ''the Miraculous Stream'' for the high quality of its water. A promenade has been built along the gorge, allowing visitors to take a walk while viewing the 20-meter-high Uryu Falls, the Ryugubuchi Falls, the Momiji Falls, and other sights.

    In my opinion, this is the most relaxing, beautiful place I have visited in Japan. The wonderful Yunomori Onsen is just next door, so you can relax after your hike. If you cant visit during hot...

  • Tosa-jinja Shrine
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    52 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto
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    44 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    I am not a hobbist but it brings back some nostalgic moments of ultra man..worth a visit. my wife loves it. amd fancinating art work of miniatures.

  • Iwamotoji Temple
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunshimantochou Shigekushimachi 3-13
    This temple belongs to the Chisan sect of Shingon Buddhism and is located in Shimanto Town in Takaoka County, Kochi Prefecture, and it is the 37th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that the Buddhist priest Gyoki founded it between 729 and 749, and it is known for its “seven wonders” that are associated with Kukai. There are principal images of five deities: Acala, Kannon, Amitabha, Bhaisajyaguru, and Ksitigarbha. The temple grounds contain the oldest hall with an enshrined statue of Kobo Daishi, as well as 575 ceiling paintings that adorn the main hall, constructed in 1978.

    窪川駅から徒歩10分弱。 天平年間(729年-749年)創建の真言宗智山派の寺院。四国八十八箇所霊場の第三十七番札所。本尊は不動明王、観世音菩薩、阿弥陀如来、薬師如来、地蔵菩薩。ずいぶんと開かれた寺院であり、石段には「LOVE & PEACE」「WELCOME TO...

  • Roadside Station Shimanto Towa
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    38 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunshimantochou Towakawaguchi 62-9
    This Roadside Station, located on National Route 381 in Shimanto-cho, Takaoka County in Kochi Prefecture, is in the perfect location to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Shimanto River. Its shops sell many locally-sourced vegetables and processed goods, focusing on locally-produced and locally-consumed as well as original items. It is lined with the bounty of the Shimanto River basin such as wild sweetfish, river prawns, shiitake mushrooms, tea and sweets made from Shimanto chestnuts. The restaurant serves seasonal cuisine using local ingredients such as wild sweetfish and eel. There is also a buffet of local cuisine every Wednesday.

    道の駅四万十とおわは、高知県高岡郡四万十町十和川口(こうちけんたかおかぐんしまんとちょうとおわかわぐち)にある道の駅だ。 2021年5月22日、この日は自宅を車で出発し、土佐ICから高知自動車道に乗る。 四万十中央ICで高速道路を下り、国道56号線に入る。 県道から国道381号線へ。 道の駅四万十とおわに到着だ。 駐車場はとても広い。 まず売店に入ってみた。 店頭で野菜を販売している。 ズッキ...

  • Roadside Station Tosa Japanese Paper Industrial Art Village
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    44 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kouchi Pref. Agawaguninochou Kashiki 1226
    This roadside station is located on the side of National Route 194 in Kashiki, Ino Town, Agawa County. It features accommodations offering views of the Niyodo River, a restaurant that offers cuisine made with seasonal local ingredients, a spa with medicinal baths and saunas, a gallery in a renovated storehouse, a farmer’s market, and more. Visitors can also try their hand at activities such as making Tosa Washi paper, weaving (reservation required), or canoeing the Niyodo River (reservation required).

    Although we were driving, the location is very far away from city. Arrived around 8 pm but luckily the hotel restaurant was willing to serve us dinner. No other restaurants nearby, so be aware if...

  • The Museum of Art, Kochi
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    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 Yosakoi Joho Koryukan
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    71 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Kochi Castle Museum of History
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    68 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

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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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