Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Kochi / Nankoku Area

  • Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture
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    4.5
    129 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto
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    4.0
    45 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.

    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.

  • The Museum of Art, Kochi
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
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    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 Museum of History
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    4.0
    66 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...

  • Nishijima Horticultural Park
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
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    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.

    There’re so many kind of flowers and fruits all the time! You can also taste great foods and sweets there!

  • Ekingura
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    4.5
    32 Reviews
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    Kochi Pref. Konan City Akaokacho 538
    This art museum is located in Akaoka-cho, Konan City. It stores the folding screen paintings by the late Edo to early Meiji period painter Ekin (Hirose Kinzo) that are displayed at the Suruda Hachimangu Jinsai festival held on July 14 and 15 each year. One exhibit allows visitors to view the folding screen paintings in the same dark setting as the night of the festival. Another allows visitors to view the paintings through a literal hole in the wall. The museum regularly rotates the paintings that are on display. It also features exhibits about the life of Ekin.

    I only learned of this place during research of Kochi. This museum is about Ekingura, a master who is good at backdrop paintings. Most of the paintings displayer are replicates. For the two authentic...

  • Ino-Cho Paper Museum
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    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.

    This is an excellent place to learn more about the art of washi Japanese paper making. This area has long been known as a center of production and this museum is the town of Inos main visitor...

  • Wanpaku Kochi
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
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    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♪

  • The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
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    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.

    牧野富太郎の一生が様々な展示で表現されています。時に、植物学者としての心得を書いた書物は、どんな人にも当てはまる内容になっており心に響きました。展示はとても充実しているので、時間に余裕をもっていくことをお勧めします。

  • Yutorisuto Park Otoyo
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Nagaokagunotoyochou Nakamuradaiou 4037-25
    This camping ground is located in Nakamuradaio, Otoyo Town, Nagaoka County. In addition to tent sites, cottages, and log houses, the camp also has an RV park for people who are camping in recreational vehicles. Other facilities include an athletic playset, a flower garden, a café and restaurant that serves wild game, a local product shop, and more. Guests can enjoy barbequing or stargazing in the camp’s rich natural setting at an altitude of 750 meters.

    If you come to Yutorisuto Park in the spring you should go and see the beautiful scenery! You will see many flowers. It is very cute! If you go there in the morning for sunrise you’ll be surprised by...

  • Shikoku Automobile Museum
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Kochi Pref. Konan City Noichicho-otani 896
    This historic car museum is located in Otani, Noichi-cho, Konan City. Its historic car collection includes European sports and racing cars from makes like Abarth, Alfa Romeo, and Ferrari, domestic cars such as the Toyota 2000GT and the Toyopet Crown, and motorcycles from makes including Honda and Yamaha. The museum also regularly holds “open museum” events during which the cars are taken outside and their engines are started and inspected.

    小さな自動車博物館でしたが・・・ 往年の名車がずらりとありました。 個人的に大好きな時代の車に時間がたつのを忘れるほどでした。

  • Kochi Prefectural Haruno Athletic Recreation Park
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kochi-shi Harunocho Nishibun
    This athletic park is located in Yoshihara, Haruno-cho, Kochi City. It features a wide range of sporting facilities including an athletic track and field, a baseball park, a pool, a gymnasium, a shooting range, and an archery range. It also features an open space equipped with play equipment such as a 100-meter long roller slide, 3.4 kilometers of cross-country courses, and Sports Palace Haruno, which features a hotel and a restaurant.

    高知県立春野総合運動公園(こうちけんりつはるのうんどうこうえん)は、高知県高知市春野町芳原(こうちけんこうちしはるのちょうよしはら)にある公園だ。 野球場や陸上競技場などが集まる、高知県で一番のスポーツ施設となっている。 この日は自宅を車で出発し、しゃぶ膳でランチを済ませた。 食後、車で春野総合運動公園にやってきた...

  • Katsurahama Aquarium
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    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.
  • Sakawa Geology Museum and Institute
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Sakawacho Ko 360
    A museum dedicated to the geology of Kochi Prefecture, including the fossil treasure trove of the Sagawa Basin. Its displays cover 400 million years of Shikoku history. There's also a collection of rare fossils, a 3/5 scale mobile tyrannosaurus, movable continental models, a chambered nautilus (known as a “living fossil”), and a horseshoe crab tank. The museum teaches about Earth and the history of biological life from various angles.

    今から45億年前の地球の誕生から現在までの壮大なスケールでの旅が2時間余りで体験できました。 各地質時代の代表的な化石、特に佐川町から見つかった化石が多数展示されています。 また、恐竜の卵の化石やマンモスの牙の化石などもあり、興味深深でした。

  • Poem and Märchen Gallery
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Kamishi Kahokuchounirouno 379
    This gallery is located in Nirouno, Kahoku-cho, Kami City. It is one of the facilities of the Kami City Yanase Takashi Memorial Hall. It features exhibits related to the magazine “Poem and Märchen,” which was one of Takashi Yanase’s life’s works. These exhibits include the covers and illustrations Yanase created over the three decades since the magazine’s launch. It also holds events including exhibitions of artists with deep connections to the magazine.

    日曜日の午後行ったけど、人が居ない。沢山の絵本が並べられているので読み放題だけど、寂しい。アンパンマンミュージアムから少ししか離れてないけど、せっかくの施設なので、もう少し工夫されればいいのに.....

  • Yokokurayama Natural Forest Museum
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Ochicho Ochihei 737-12
    A museum where you can learn about Mt. Yokokura and the Earth's history, rare plants loved by Dr. Makino, and the history of Ochi. Take a moment to admire the building itself too—designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando, it harmonizes with Mt. Yokokura's natural environment. The museum also holds a variety of special exhibits.

    たまたま立ち寄った博物館。全く下調べしないで行ったので、坂の途中の駐車場に素直に駐車したが、平日だったため、空きがあり、建物側でも良かったことを後で知り。 館内は、一部をのぞいて撮影可。 歴史から自然から芸術から、幅広い収集とゆとりある展示。 よくある「地方のなんとなく博物館」とは一線を画した素晴らしい博物館に関心。

  • Kaze no Sato Park
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Tsunocho Shiraishiko 3112-2
    A park with 20 windmills. With a lookout area, windmill area, and woodland used for forest bathing, the windmills you can see up close and the great views from the lookouts are especially popular. On clear days, you can see Mt. Ishizuchi and Cape Muroto. With displays on wind power generation and windmill design, it is a nice place to learn about windmills and electric power while in the midst of nature.

    凄い数の風車、それも巨大なものが林立していました。しかも周囲の眺望も最高でした。風車は羽の直系が61m・・・信じられない・・・。風車を支える支柱、タワーの高さも68m・・・この風車が20基もある、壮観ですねぇ。カルスト平原の中の遊歩道、森林浴等々・・・間地かで見る風車の迫力には圧倒されました。好天で石鎚山まで眺めることが出来た。但し、ここは平地じゃないのでそれなりの覚悟(かなりしんどい)をして行く...

  • Kotohiki Park
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    Kagawa Pref. Kanonjishi Ariakechou
    This park is a part of the Setonaikai National Park and has been designated a National Places of Scenic Beauty. This park contains a large sand painting in the shape of a copper coin from the Edo period, and it looks amazing when viewed from the summit of Mt. Kotohiki. It is illuminated at night, giving it a completely different look than in the daytime. Other sights worth seeing include Kotohiki Hachimangu Shrine and Jinnein Temple.
  • Nakatosa Town Art Museum
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Nakatosacho Kure 6584-1
    A small museum housing about 700 pieces by modern and contemporary painters, including late Edo period Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Kochi Prefecture's first full-scale museum, it opened to the public in 1989. The collection and its white-walled antique storehouse-style building were donated to the town by the late Kikuichi Machida, a businessman from Yaiga, Nakatosa-cho. They have planned exhibits held in order four times a year.

    ちょうど遍路道の途中にあったので見てみました。表には司馬遼太郎の歌碑が。正直なぜ司馬遼太郎、という感じでした。

  • Shimanto River Kawa-asobi Park and Furusato Koryu Center
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunshimantochou Shouwa 671-2
    Shimanto River Kawa-asobi Park and Furusato Koryu Center has a campsite with extensive green lawns, located in the middle reaches of the Shimanto River. Campsite users are free to set up their tents anywhere on the grass within the camping area, making for a relaxing, casual camping experience. There are toilets, showers, and a cooking area, and camping equipment is available for rental. This is also a popular place for enjoying riverine leisure activities on the Shimanto River. There are guided rafting tours that take visitors from Mishima (further upstream) down the river through rapids, and canoes are available for rental. Visitors are sure to have a really enjoyable Shimanto River experience here.

    You can be a variety play in the Shimanto River. Please contact us by phone for more information. By Train ・Walk from JR Yodo Line Tosa Showa Station 5 minutes. By Car ・Getting to campsite from...

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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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