Culture / Tour Spots in Kochi Area

  • The Museum of Art, Kochi
    50 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    66 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
    4 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.


  • Katsurahama Aquarium
    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.
  • Former Yamauchi Residence’s Nagaya Exhibition Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Mokei Museum KOCHI SNAP
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Otesuji 1-4-21 Coffee Garden Building 2F
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Kochi
  • Kochi Mirai Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Kochi-shi Otesuji 2-1-1 OTEPIA Uchi
  • Warako Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Minamikanada 28
  • Wanpaku Kochi Animal Land
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Kochi-shi Sanbashi-dori 6-chome 9-1
  • Yamaharakenjiroshiryoshitu
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Kamimachi 2-4-19
  • Kochi Former Sekigawa Family's Residence Private House Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kochi Kochi-shi Ikkunakamachi 3-11-59

Kochi Areas


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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