First constructed between 1601 - 1611, Kochi Castle is one of Kochi Prefecture’s major attractions. It was rebuilt in the 18th century following a devastating fire but remains one of the country’s last 12 original castles. It was initially home to the Yamauchi lords, rulers of the region, which at the time was known as Tosa. What makes this building so unique is that its donjon (main tower) was a multipurpose space used for military purposes and as a residence for the lords. The interior of the caste remains relatively untouched since the Edo Period, and if you scale the castle to the top floor lookout point, you’ll be gifted with spectacular views of the surrounding Kochi area, making it worth a visit for both history buffs and general tourists alike.
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