Head 30 minutes south of central Kochi and you’ll stumble upon the scenic Katsurahama Beach. Due to strong and untamed currents swimming is prohibited, but there’s still plenty to see, do, and explore along the shoreline. Looking over the sandy bay is a towering statue of Sakamoto Ryoma, one of the most well-loved architects (and unintentional political figures) of modern Japan. If you have time to spare, pay a visit to the area’s humble, but popular aquarium or pay respects to the small shrine sitting on the point of Katsurahama. With a network of well-connected walking paths, it’s a fantastic way to get out and about and soak up the serenity of Kochi by sea.
Katsurahama Beach 桂浜
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