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  • Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture
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    4.5
    85 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...

  • The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
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    4.5
    215 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.

    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
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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.

    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...

  • Nishijima Horticultural Park
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    3.5
    26 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.

    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...

  • Katsurahama Aquarium
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • The Museum of Art, Kochi
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    4.0
    42 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'd been pretty disappointed by the quality of local art galleries in Japan but this was a delightful exception. The architecture is striking, apparently modelled on a traditional building, and...

  • Wanpaku Kochi
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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.
  • Shimanto River Kawa-asobi Park and Furusato Koryu Center
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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.
  • Poem and Märchen Gallery
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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.
  • Shimanto Auto Camp Site Welcome
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    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunshimantochou Eshi 546
    This auto camping ground is located in Eshi, Shimanto Town, Takaoka County. It offers 42 camping sites, some with electrical power, that make use of the elevation difference to maintain a private space. It also offers nine villa-style cabins that sleep six as well as freeform camping sites that can be used by large numbers of campers. The site’s facilities include a barbequing building, showers, a laundry, making it a good base for sightseeing in the Shimanto River watershed.
  • Kochi Castle Museum of History
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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.
  • Green Park Hodono
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    Kouchi Pref. Agawaguninochou Shimizu Hodono
    This environmental learning center is located in Kiyomizukamibun, Ino Town, Agawa County. It is equipped with bungalows and camp sites, a learning center, an outdoor stage, an open space, and other facilities. Visitors can enjoy activities such as playing park golf on the course or making Baumkuchen cakes. In addition, visitors can commune with nature by taking a walk or enjoying athletics in the vast “Moma no Sumu Mori” (flying squirrel forest).
  • Ekingura
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    4.5
    23 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.

    Very nice piece of arts can be seen here. Once our guide explained who was Ekin it was really amazing to hear all that he has done and the extreme problems he went through. All the painting reflected...

  • Shikoku Automobile Museum
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    3.5
    2 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.

    個人のコレクションダにしては驚くべき豪華さです。 ピカピカに磨き上げられた高級車、名車がずらりと揃ってめまいがしそうでした。いくらくらいの価値があるのが。想像できません。

  • Okitsu Beach
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    Kouchi Pref. Takaokagunshimantochou Okitsu
    This beach is located in Okitsu, Shimanto Town, Takaoka County. The approximately two-kilometer long beach, which faces Komuro Bay, has been selected for the Ministry of the Environment's list of Best Beach 100 of Japan. It also hosts Marine Festa Okitsu at the beginning of July to mark the opening of the beachgoing season. Attendees at the festival can participate in a beach volley tournament and other activities.
  • Kochi Prefectural Haruno Athletic Recreation Park
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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.
  • Yutorisuto Park Otoyo
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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.
  • Hokigamine Forest Park
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    Kouchi Pref. Kamishi Tosayamadachouhirayama
    The only forest park in Kochi Prefecture, you can see not only a view of Pacific Ocean but also the Shikoku mountain range, Kochi Plain and Kacho Plain from the summit. The park is crowded with people enjoying flowers such as wild grasses and flowers, birdwatching, hiking and camping.
  • Karaoke Chimi Poncer
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Tenjinmachi 8-11

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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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