Katsurahama Beach in Kochi Prefecture is a good site for a half-day trip. If you’re looking for a day of waves, sun, and sand—unfortunately, Katsurahama Beach is not going to provide. Swimming here is prohibited due to strong currents. However, in lieu of swimming, there are some great sights and spots around the beach.
Visit the statue of Sakamoto Ryoma, the famous revolutionary who helped shape Japan; a nearby aquarium makes for a relaxing walk; visit the small shrine on Katsurahama Point; or try katsuo no tataki (lightly broiled bonito or skipjack tuna)—Kochi’s specialty dish—at one of the local restaurants.
Standing on a hill near the beach, visitors can see the stoic façade of Sakamoto Ryoma. The nearby museum houses artifacts related to Ryoma’s life and story. Being a native of Kochi, the samurai hero is a local legend not to be missed. (Opened 9 am to 5 pm)Discover Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
Facing Tosa Bay along Katsurahama Beach is the small Katsurahama Aquarium. Home to Japanese lates, a rare and supposedly legendary fish, the aquarium also offers sea lion and seal shows where guests can get up close and personal with the animal performers. (Opened 9 am to 5 pm)Discover Katsurahama Aquarium
Katsurahama Beach may not be a swimmer’s paradise but the shrine overlooking the waves makes for an amazing vista. Travel up the stairs to Katsurahama Ryuogu Shrine for a scene of pine trees and a rocky cliff face.Discover Katsurahama Ryuogu Shrine
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