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  • Kochi Castle
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    4.0
    983 Reviews
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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.

    One of the few intact original castles in Japan, Kochi Castle gives visitors a glimpse into life in samurai times. The woodwork is spectacular and the gardens and views lovely. The castle is...

  • Harimaya Bridge
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Harimayachou 1
    The Harimaya Bridge is a red bridge located in Harimaya-cho that has come to symbolize Kochi City. It is famous as the setting for the love story between Junshin and Oma which is celebrated in the traditional folk song “Yosakoi-bushi.” The Bridge was built across the Hori River during the Edo period as a private bridge to facilitate access between two shops, Harimaya and Hitsuya, from which it takes its name. Today, the area around the Bridge has been developed as Harimaya Park, and there are monuments in commemoration of Junshin and Oma.
  • 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).
  • Hirome Market
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    11 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.

    After visiting the Kochi Castle we stopped by the Hirome-Ichiba Market and found a small noodle stand that we think is run by a husband/wife duo. No tables, just an "L" shaped counter that circles...

  • Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
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    108 Reviews
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    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...

  • Ryugado Cave
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    143 Reviews
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    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.

    If you don’t do steps well this is probably a cave you will want to skip. Set in the mountainside, the entrance to the cave gives no indication of the beauty that awaits you. From the moment you step...

  • Godai-san (Mt. Godai)
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Godaisan
    Located in the southeastern part of Kochi City, Godai-san (Mt. Godai) is a 146-meter-high hill that is famous for its flowers. It looks out over Urado Bay; according to legend, the name “Godai-san” was given to the hill by the monk Gyoki, after the famous holy mountain Wutai-shan in China. The observation platform on the summit of the hill affords marvelous views of both Kochi City and Urado Bay. At the foot of the hill are located the Chikurin-ji Temple (which is the 31st temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage), the Gyuko-ji Temple, and the Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden. Godai-san is situated around 21 minutes by bus from Kochi Station; get off at the Godai-san Observation Platform stop.
  • Godai-san Observation Platform
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Godaisan
    This observation platform is located on the summit of Godai-san (Mt. Godai) in the eastern part of Kochi City. There are spectacular views of Kochi City, Urado Bay and Kochi Harbor. With 250-degree panoramic views, this is one of the best observation platforms in Kochi Prefecture. It is also popular as a spot to enjoy Kochi City’s nightscape. The observation platform is easily reached by bus from JR Kochi Station.
  • Chikurin-ji Temple
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    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.
  • The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
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    215 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Godaisan 4200-6
    The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden is located at Godai-san, Kochi City. Opened in 1958, it is Japan’s most precious general botanical garden. Besides the nearly 3,000 different species of plants that are cultivated in the Botanical Garden, there are also special exhibition rooms and botanical classrooms etc. that both adults and children will enjoy visiting; a wide variety of special events are held throughout the year. There are also displays about the achievements of Dr. Tomitaro Makino, the world-renowned botanist. In 1999, the Makino Museum of Plants & People was opened within the Botanical Garden in honor of Dr. Makino. The Botanical Garden is approximately 30 minutes by bus from JR Kochi Station.

    The "Father of Japanese Botany" Tomitaro Makino, founded this place and it contains many of the species that he named along with thousands of other plants and trees. Great location, on the slopes of...

  • Ino-Cho Paper Museum
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Agawaguninochou Saiwaimachi 110-1
    The Ino-Cho Paper Museum is a specialist paper museum located approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Ino Station (on the JR Dosan Line). The Museum was opened in 1985 with the aim of helping to revitalize the production of Tosa Washi (Tosa traditional handmade paper), one of Japan’s traditional handicrafts. The permanent exhibitions include displays on the history of Washi traditional paper, the related cultural traditions, the materials and tools used to make Washi paper, etc. There are also papermaking demonstrations and opportunities to try your hand at making paper yourself. Special exhibitions are held on ongoing basis. It costs 400 yen to have a go at making two sheets of colored paper or eight postcards in the Papermaking Experience Corner. The papermaking experience activity takes around one hour; groups of 10 or more people are requested to book in advance.

    Kochi is famous for its paper, and the Ino Paper Museum helps you understand exactly what goes into making this incredible paper. There are so many displays showing the product of Tosa Washi paper...

  • Tosa-jinja Shrine
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    46 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.

    延喜式で式内大社に列せられた由緒ある神社で、鎌倉時代から江戸時代までの仏習合時代には、隣りの善楽寺等を含め土佐国総鎮守一宮と称されていました。本殿、幣殿、両翼を持つ拝殿の並びは十字型構成で珍しい建造物でした。本殿裏を一回りする「しなねの森」の散策道があったり、珍しい樹木の切株を抜ける輪抜祓所、拝殿前にはレールが埋め込まれていてトロッコのように移動できる賽銭箱の小屋が置いてあります。神光門と呼ばれる...

  • Kuwanokawa Toriisugi
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    Kouchi Pref. Nankokushi Kuwanokawa
    The Kuwanokawa Toriisugi is two cedar trees standing either side of the approach leading to the Kuwanokawa Jishu Shrine. The branches of the trees extend out horizontally about five meters above the ground making it look like a shrine gate hence its name, Toriisugi, which literally means “cedar shrine gate”. It has been designated as a Natural Monument of the Prefecture, and it is said to bring good luck with regards to marriage.
  • Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture
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    4.5
    85 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.

    The park is good but not best. In Japan, there are many zoological parks. If you have already visit some you can compare. But if you are first time to visit a Zoological park, surly you will get many...

  • Nishijima Horticultural Park
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Nankokushi Hataeda 600
    A fruits and flowers tourist farm in Nankoku City, Kochi Prefecture, where visitors can enjoy sweet melons and watermelons all year round. About 200 kinds of tropical flowers including bougainvillea and hibiscus, carnivorous plants and cactus, etc. are cultivated and on display in the nursery house, and there are many potted plants for sale too. Strawberry picking is possible from January through to early June with the large, sweet benihoppe and sachinoka varieties on offer. Their specially made fruit jams, such as strawberry jam and melon jam are popular as souvenirs.

    It is a very nice place to visit. Kids are also love to visit here. A numerous number of plants are found in this garden.

  • Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
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    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.

    It was such a great experience to visit the place.. and the title of this review yes, these were just few words from the Owner of the Museum that melted my heart. We had a face to face encounter...

  • Iwamotoji Temple
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    36 Reviews
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    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.

    四国霊場37番札所の 岩本寺 は、四万十町 窪川にあります。本堂の天井の絵は色んな方が自由に描いたものでマリリンモンローがあったのには驚きました!境内の奥に線路があり、突然、電車が走って来たのも驚きでした。

  • Roadside Station Shimanto Towa
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    33 Reviews
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    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.

    道の駅恒例の地元農産物や土産物が充実してます。 うなぎが食べられる食事処がありましたが昼食後だった為断念。川まで下りられる道もあるので四万十川を間近で味わいたい方に適した道の駅だと思います。

  • Katsurahama Aquarium
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    4.0
    84 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.

    This little aquarium cannot compete with larger locations in terms of numbers of animals or exhibits. By contrast, it is not very crowded so you can get right up to the exhibits and spend time...

  • Yokonami Kuroshio Line
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    Susaki City, Kochi Prefecture
    This road offers breathtaking scenery as it snakes for nearly 19 kilometers along the ridges of Yokonami Peninsula, which features a rias coastline. You can enjoy a sweeping view of Uranouchi Bay and the Shikoku Mountains, and the observation deck along the route offers a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean and inner bay.

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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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