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Kochi

Birthplace of Sakamoto Ryoma and Yosakoi festivals

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Kochi Ramen Festival

Kochi Ramen Festival

Late Feb - Early Mar

The Kochi Ramen Festival sees a variety of ramen types from across the country come together in this region of Japan. Running over..

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Kuroshio Honjin Onsen

Kuroshio Honjin Onsen

Nate Hill

Kuroshio Honjin is southwest of Kochi City in a town called Nakatosa. Onsen and ryokan lovers should add this to their must visit..

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Hotel Sansuien

Hotel Sansuien

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Stay at this upscale hotel in close proximity to Kochi Castle, where you can enjoy a hot spring bath and learn a few things about..

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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
Region Shikoku
Island Shikoku
Capital Kochi City
Population 764,456
Area 7,103.91 km²

Located in the Shikoku region, Kochi Prefecture (高知県, Kōchi-ken) 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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