Kochi Ryoma Airport

Discover Kochi and Beyond

By Kim B    - 2 min read

The Kochi Ryoma Airport is named after Sakamoto Ryoma, one of Japan's most popular historical figures who was born in the prefecture. The airport here offers a range of domestic routes, including flights to Tokyo (Haneda and Narita), Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Nagoya, Kobe, and Fukuoka.

The airport has numerous retail stores and restaurants where you can get your fix of locally produced items. One store, "Big Sun", has over 600 different products from across the prefecture, including sake, confectionery, and coral jewelry - it's the perfect one stop shop for just about any souvenir you could want from the region. As for the restaurants, there are four to choose from, and many of them also have a focus on regional cuisine. Some of the restaurant highlights include Tosa beef at Restaurant Chao, dorome (a sardine dish) at Tsukasa, and fish from the Pacific Ocean at Uchinku no Shokutaku.

For those who are planning to continue their travels by car around Kochi and beyond, there is a car rental counter on the first floor with a range of rental companies to choose from. Next to the car rental counter there's an information desk with staff who can assist with finding airport amenities or providing details about flight schedules.

On the third floor of the airport building you'll find an observation deck where you can watch planes take off and land.

Looking for some travel inspiration in Kochi City? Visit the Japan Travel guide here.

Getting there

The Kochi Ryoma Airport is located approximately 17 kilometers from central Kochi (Kochi Station area). The driving time is around 35 minutes. The airport has over 1000 parking spaces, and the first 30 minutes are free. The maximum charge daily for parking is 800 yen.

Bus services are available from Kochi Station to the airport, and timetable information can be found on the official airport website.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Elizabeth S a month ago
Ryoma is big in Kochi. What a lovely thing they named an airport after him. It's got to be the only one in Japan so named, right?
Kim B Author a month ago
Definitely the only one I know of! Tokushima's is named after the Awa Odori, which is also pretty cool!
Sleiman Azizi a month ago
Even though you can't get lost in an airport of this size, you can easily get lost in its charm. Local airports are cool.
Kim B Author a month ago
I agree - love local airports. Have always had good (and fast) experiences transiting through them. Less waiting times are always nice, and it's a fun way of being able to explore some of the region's culture too!