Culture / Tour 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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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。

  • 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。

  • 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。

  • Nagaodori Center
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
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    Kochi Nankoku Shinohara 48
    This place serves to introduce the rare Onagadori breed of chicken, which originated in Shinohara, Nankoku City and has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and international media. The Onagadori is also a registered Special Natural Monument, making it a popular subject for viewing and photography. The guides offer detailed explanations while you walk the hall. Groups require reservations.

    国の特別天然記念物の「おながどり」を実際に見学できます。1羽ずつ縦長の箱に大切に入っていました。尾は、長くて黒くてつやつやして、とても美しかったです。

  • Soryusha
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    Kochi Agawa-gun Inocho 3811
    A gallery and shop located a five-minute walk from Ino Station on the JR Dosan Line. They produce and sell Ino-cho made Ganpishi (Tosa washi paper) and papier-mache dolls made with Tosa plaster. The products are on display in a quaint building built in the Taisho period. Using a paper wholesaler, the shop has a nostalgic, retro atmosphere. They make their zodiac inspired papier-mache every year; the familiar designs were also used on the Japan Post's zodiac stamps. Exhibits of photographs, woodblock prints, and softly hued papier-mache are on display in their earthen floored gallery.
  • Kami City Art Museum
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    Kochi Kami-shi Tosayamadacho 262-1 Plaza Hachioji 2F
    This art museum is located on the second floor of Plaza Hachioji, to the west of Hachiojigu Shrine adjacent to the Kami City Welfare Center and the Kami City Volunteer Center. It houses about 800 items, including Japanese pictures, oil paintings, prints, ceramics, and sculptures. Five or six special exhibitions and displays of their collection are held annually.
  • RYUGADO MUSEUM
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    Kochi Kami-shi Tosayamadacho Sakakawa
    An open-air museum in Ryugado, one of Japan's leading tourist-accessible limestone caves. Exhibits include scientific explanations of the cave's geology and creatures that inhabit the cave, as well as the preserved site and artifacts of ancient cave dwellers. The museum also has academic documents pertaining to the area's natural environment and exhibits covering a range of fields including geology, biology, archaeology, and anthropology.
  • Former Yamauchi Residence’s Nagaya Exhibition Hall
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    Kochi Kochi-shi Takajomachi 1-3-35
    This building constructed by the Tosa Domain's 16th feudal lord Yamanouchi Toyonori in 1665. It's a nationally designated Important Cultural Property. A two-story building with 31-meter beams and 4.5-meter crossbeams, it was part of the suburban residence of the feudal lord Yamauchi Yodo in the late Edo period. The villa acted as a guard station for foot soldiers who served as security guards. Modern tenement-style housing on this scale is rarely seen in Japan and is of great value.
  • Yoshimuratoratarotei
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Takaokaguntsunochou Yoshiuno Kou 1456-1

    敷地に駐車場があります。 冬に行ったら温かいお茶を出してくれました。 時間がある人は何か食べ物を注文出来ます。

  • Shirakidani International Contemporary Art Museum
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kochi Nankoku Shirakidani 36

    白木谷国際現代美術館(しらきだにこくさいげんだいびじゅつかん)は、高知県南国市白木谷(なんこくししらきだに)にある美術館だ。 アーティストの武内光仁(たけうちみつひと)氏が個人で運営している。 高知の美術界では有名で、数々の受賞歴がある高知を代表する現代美術家だ。 その作品群を見られる施設なので、以前にも来たことがある。 今回、改めて氏の作品を見るためにやってきた。 この日は国分寺に参拝した...

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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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