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Kochi

Birthplace of Sakamoto Ryoma and Yosakoi festivals

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Kochi City

Kochi City

If you're not a fan of big cities, or just need a break from the constant crowd, the much slower pace of Kochi City will be a welcome addition to your travel itinerary in Japan. Kochi City is the capital of Kochi Prefecture, and has a population of about 343,000. On first look, Kochi is not much..

Dining

Kohanyu Cafe

Kohanyu Cafe

The rural town of Kami in Kochi Prefecture is best known for its Anpanman Museum. What it doesn't have in spades are enticing eateries, at least not that I could tell. So when I saw the signs for a cafe and onsen on the other side of the tow..

Terzo Tempo

Terzo Tempo

One of my new favorite cafes in Kochi City, Terzo Tempo, also happens to be a type of Komin cafe (like Ocho-8). With the whole front of the restaurant level opened up, the cafe gets a lot of natural lighting. Combined with the simple decor o..

La Prima Vorta

La Prima Vorta

Perhaps the best way to start telling you about La Prima Volta is with a quote from the owner and head chef: “Our main ingredients are all local, all Kochi grown or reared, and then with the addition of the very best of Italian herbs, spice..

Places to stay

Hakoba Farmers' Inn

Hakoba Farmers' Inn

The drive from Kochi City to Nakatsukawa is one of the most beautiful in Japan. Winding up higher and higher into the mountains, grand curves give you fleeting views of the Pacific over your shoulder. Soon you encounter the great Shimanto River, with..

Kuroshio Honjin Onsen

Kuroshio Honjin Onsen

About an hour and a half southwest of Kochi city by car, there's a little town, Nakatosa, along the major road on the coast called the 56. Nakatosa is a fishing town positioned in the middle of a small bay with mountains and hills all around. On ..

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Three Men of Kochi

Three Men of Kochi

Three men dazzle the eye at JR Kochi Station. They are a commanding, much photographed and admired presence. They are actually statues, of Sakamoto Ryoma, Takechi Hanpeita, and Nakaoka Shintaro, esteemed samurai instrumental in bringing about Japan&r..

Shikoku's Kaiyodo Kappa Museum

Shikoku's Kaiyodo Kappa Museum

The fascinating Kaiyodo Kappa Museum is dedicated to one of Japan's best-known mythological creatures, and is a 'must-see' for anyone traveling to Kochi Prefecture. Opened in July 2012, in the same remote valley of Shikoku as Kaiyodo'..

Anime-Lovers' Kaiyodo Hobby Museum

Anime-Lovers' Kaiyodo Hobby Museum

In July 2011, the famous Osaka-based company, Kaiyodo, remodeled the gymnasium of a recently-closed elementary school in the town of Shimanto and opened a museum there that showcases many of its collectable figurines and model kits. There are over 10..

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About kochi

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionShikoku
IslandShikoku
CapitalKochi
Population764,456
Area7,103.91 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.

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