Kochi Prefecture

Shikoku region

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.

Cities in Kochi
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Kohanyu Cafe

A riverside cafe in rural Kochi

Kamisuki Experience in Kochi

Learning Japanese paper from the master

Cape Ashizuri

The Southernmost Point of Shikoku

Hakoba Farmers' Inn

Bed and Breakfast in the Mountains of Shimanto Town

Community discussion

Camping on the Shimanto River

The pictures look so peaceful. Do you know if it is possible to camp outside of official camping grounds in Japan, or if that is prohibited by law?

Sunrise Over the Foggy Ocean

Olga-san,Thank you,Thank you so much! This is my favorite photo too.

Kamisuki Experience in Kochi

Yeah, what a great escape form the civilization!

Kohanyu Cafe

Hope to go to Kochi soon. Will remember this!!