Kochi Prefecture

Shikoku region

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About Kochi
Region:Shikoku
Island:Shikoku
Capital:Kochi
Population:764,456
Area:7,103.91 sq. km

Located in the Shikoku region, Kochi is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of the legendary Japanese revolutionary Sakamoto Ryoma, one of the most important figures in modern Japanese history; his statue on Katsurahama Beach is arguably the Mecca for Ryoma fanatics.

Kochi Castle is one of the oldest castles in Japan still standing, while the beautiful Shimanto River is said to be “Japan’s last fresh stream.”

Two notable activities in Kochi include whale-watching and the famous Yosakoi Dance Festival every August. If you're on a long vacation (and want to get some exercise), try the Shikoku O-henro, a pilgrimage of 88 temples that runs through Kochi (16 of the temples are located within the prefecture) and covers all of Shikoku, spanning 1200 km long. And while you're in Kochi, be sure to try katsuo tataki, seasoned and lightly grilled bonito sashimi.

Things to Do in Kochi

Cities in Kochi
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Three Men of Kochi

Local heroes at JR Kochi Station

Shikoku's Kaiyodo Kappa Museum

A fantastic 'must-see' museum in Kochi Prefecture

Anime-Lovers' Kaiyodo Hobby Museum

10,000 figures on display deep in the heart of Shikoku

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Forest Bathing In Kochi's Temples

Old Tiger Henro 6

I've also heard the phrase of forest bathing - so nice :)

Three Men of Kochi

Local heroes at JR Kochi Station

It is interesting to learn more about Japan's history.

Ascetic Training in Kochi

Old Tiger Henro Part Five: The honeymoon is over

I have really enjoyed your personal stories and honest advice in the series you have been writing. Great work!

Cape Ashizuri

The Southernmost Point of Shikoku

Cool sights in Kochi!