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Kochi

Kochi City

Host of the annual Yosakoi matsuri festival

About Kochi City

Things to do in Kochi City

Dining

Mephistopheles Cafe

Mephistopheles Cafe

I sometimes run into people who have moved to Kochi from other parts of Japan. Even if they are just from across the mountains in Tokushima, people usually comment on the number of cafes Kochi has. Apparently, we eat out a lot more in Kochi. Althou..

Villa Vitis

Villa Vitis

If you find yourself in Kochi on Valentine's Day or any other special occasion, the Italian restaurant, Villa Vitis, is the place to go for a memorable date and a classy lunch or dinner. The interior is very modern, and all the tables are topped..

Kachin'en in Kochi City

Kachin'en in Kochi City

Kachin'en is a very popular Chinese restaurant just a short walk north from Sunday Market street in downtown Kochi City. With an open two story plan with a high ceiling, and plenty of side rooms with sliding doors for private parties, you can'..

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Spring at Makino Botanical Garden

Spring at Makino Botanical Garden

There's no wrong season in which to visit the perfectly-tended Makino Botanical Garden perched on top of Godaisan just outside of Kochi City. But the months of March through May see the earth awaken from her winter slumber and a palette of pinks,..

My You Bus

My You Bus

Though it has many charms, Kochi City cannot count pleasant driving among them. Navigating the narrow roads and minimal English signage in a small car is not something I have ever had the desire to do. Luckily for tourists, the My Yu (MY遊) bus covers..

Poka Poka Onsen

Poka Poka Onsen

When I imagine the stereotypical Japanese hot springs, I picture a steaming cyprus rotemburo surrounded by snowy mountains and wooden buildings. I have been to several such onsen during my time in Japan, and they really can’t be beat. However..

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About 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 different looking from most Japanese cities. Sure, the sky seems to be bigger and more blue, but not much else jumps out on first look. What is different and makes this distant, coastal city beyond the mountains worthy of a visit? The answer to that would have to be the experiences you stand to gain by coming here.

You can go to Hirome Ichiba downtown, and find yourself amongst a very friendly bunch of locals and travelers alike. Experience the people, food, and drink of Kochi all in one place. You can share a table with someone, and pretty soon feel like old friends should one of you take the initiative.

If you come in August, you can experience the Yosakoi Dance Festival. Find yourself in the middle of thousands of dancers in colorful uniforms as they dance down the streets behind large trucks that are blasting their version of the Yosakoi song. The excitement of the festival will soon cause you to forget the fact that you're dripping in sweat. Or, let Kochi City be your portal to experience the natural beauty that exists on the surrounding beaches and in the peaceful lush mountains of Kochi prefecture. Get lost in nature, and soon you can find hidden waterfalls with clear pools for a relaxing swim, isolated campsites perfect for enjoying the quiet forests, or something a little more sporty like surfing and whitewater rafting. As far as tourist sites to see, please check the Kochi articles for a full list, but a couple of very common ones are Kochi Castle and Sunday Market--both conveniently located on the same street. Kochi City is at the heart of genuine travel. It isn't about making a busy schedule, rushing around to see this or that. Rather, it's about slowing down, following serendipity, and making friends and experiences that add to the quality of your overall life. If that sounds like the travel experience you are looking for, Kochi City should definitely make it onto your places to visit list while in Japan.

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