Travel / Tourism Spots in Kochi / Nankoku Area

  • Kochi Prefecture Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
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    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...

  • Ryugado Cave
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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.

    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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    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...

  • Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
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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...

  • Kochi Tabi Hiroba
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    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...

  • Nakatsu Gorge
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    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...

  • Nikobuchi
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    Kouchi Pref. Agawa-gun Inocho Kiyomizukamibun
    This plunge pool is located in Kiyomizukamibun, Ino Town, Agawa County. Located along the Edagawa River, a tributary of the famously clear Niyodo River, the pool is known as a spot for enjoying the beautiful “Niyodo Blue” surface of the Niyodo River. The pool, which shines blue in the sunlight, is considered a sacred spot by locals. There is also a legend about a large snake associated with the pool.

    Gorgeous pool with a stunning waterfall on a tributary of the Nyodogawa River . You can see where the expression Niyodo Blue comes from. The walk down to the pool is quite tricky, but it seems like...

  • Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto
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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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    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.

  • Roadside Station Shimanto Towa
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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.

    四万十川沿いにある道の駅で、カフェでは川をのんびり眺めながらお茶できる素敵な場所です。 ただ、開店時間が短いので、事前に調べて行くことをおすすめします。

  • Tosa-jinja Shrine
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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.

    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...

  • Iwamotoji Temple
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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.

    四万十観光に向かう道中に寄りました。お遍路さんに造詣が深くないので比較することが出来ないのですがお寺でもクレジットカードが使えるんですね。御朱印に記帳していただく際の代金や駐車場代金はそれぞれ300円、200円現金で支払いましたがキャッシュレスがここまで進んでいることに驚きました。

  • Roadside Station Kawauso no sato Susaki
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    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.

    以前は高知道の終点だった為必ず寄る道の駅でした。今は高知道が伸びた為ここによるには一度高知道を降りる必要があります。 大きな道の駅でお土産や、地の野菜を売っていたりします。 中には食事を取れるところやアイスクリーム屋さんがあります。 カツオのたたきを体験させてくれます。 出来立ての温かいカツオのたたきは絶品です。 真空パックのものはお土産用に配送もできます。 須崎に来た際にはぜひ寄ってみると良いで...

  • Dokkozan Shoryuji Temple
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    36 Reviews
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashi Usachou Ryu 601
    Located 20 minutes by car from Tosa Interchange, this temple is 38th of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is said that when Kobo Daishi studied in China, he prayed to the gods to find suitable locations for sacred places by throwing three ritual implements (a gokosho pestle, a sankosho pestle and a dokkosho pestle); the dokkosho pestle landed here and the temple was founded. The principal object of worship is Namikiri Fudomyo which guards against accidents at sea. It was accessed by boat across Uranouchi Bay until 1973 when the bridge opened. That is why the main hall has many votives of boats. A must-see is the seated statue of Aizenmyoo, a Nationally Important Cultural Property, enshrined in the main hall.

    This temple is #36 as part of the 88 temple tour on Shikoku. There are long stairs but make the effort to spend some time at the Main Temple -Hondo and the Daishidou. A truly mystical place set up...

  • Kochi Yosakoi Joho Koryukan
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Tosa Japanese Paper Industrial Art Village
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    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...

  • 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.

    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...

  • Io-zan Kiyotakiji Temple
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashi Takaokachou Tei 568-1
    The Io-zan Kiyotakiji Temple is the 35th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, the temple was originally founded in 723 as the Keisanmitsu-in Takumokuji Temple by the bodhisattva Gyoki, who carved a statue of the Yakushi Nyorai Buddha (Medicine Buddha) to serve as the main object of veneration in the temple. At a later date, Kobo Daishi visited the site, and prayed to Akai Gongen and Ryuo Gongen for a good harvest on a rock near the main hall of the temple. On the day when his prayer was answered, Kobo Daishi touched the altar in front of him with his staff, and clear spring-water gushed out, creating a pool with a mirror-like surface, from which the Kiyotakiji Temple takes its name.

    Kiyotaki-ji is temple #26 on the Bandō 33 Kannon pilgrimage circuit, and as far as I can tell, the only reason worth visiting it--but just barely. The main hall is closed even during business hours...

  • Manisan Kokubunji Temple
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    Kouchi Pref. Nankokushi Kokubu 546
    This is a Shingon school Chisan-ha temple in Kokubu in Nankoku City, Kochi Prefecture and is 29th temple of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The entire grounds are designated as a national historic site. It is one of the 68 kokubunji temples that Emperor Shomu built across the country and was established with the thousand-armed kannon that Gyoki made himself in 741 as the principal object of worship. It was later restored by Kobo Daishi as a Shingon school temple. The main hall with its Tenpyo period-style exterior and its interior with features of the Muromachi period, the temple bell and the wooden statue of the Bhaisajyaguru are Nationally Important Cultural Properties. The garden with its beautiful hair moss is also a must-see.

    My friend and I are doing the 88 Temple Pilgrimage by car and we are going to be making multiple trips. We visited this temple last month, on the first segment of our pilgrimage. The temple...

  • Sekkeiji Temple
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Nagahama 857-3
    This temple belongs to the Rinzai sect of Myoshinji Temple and is located in Nagahama in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, and it is the 33rd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It was built in 815 by Kukai as Kofukuji Temple of the Shingon sect, and Chosokabe Motochika, a Sengoku daimyo of Tosa, changed its affiliation to the Rinzai sect. Afterward, it became the family temple of the Chosokabe family and was renamed Sekkeiji Temple. Enshrined at the temple are the principal image of Bhaisajyaguru with flanking samurai, sculpted by Unkei in the Kamakura period, as well as the triad Vaisravana sculpted by Tankei, which have been designated National Important Cultural Properties.

    八十八か所の第三十三番札所です。あまり派手さもなり地味なお寺でこういうお寺が非常に落ち着きます。多くは金の匂いがプンプンなので。

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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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