Kochi Travel Guide

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Kochi Things to Do

  • Harimayabashi - the red bridge

    Harimayabashi is a small red bridge on the west side of Kochi's main street. It is famous because it is connected with a Kochi legend.A priest from Godaisan fell in love with a girl from Kochi. However, because he was a priest, he was forbidden from marriage or sexual relationships. The couple were forced to meet in secret. One day a local busybody...

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  • Sunday Market.

    If you are fortunate enough to be in Kochi on a Sunday, have a stroll around its large Sunday Market.This market has taken place on Sunday mornings in Kochi since 1690. The market centres around Outesuji, a main street in the centre of Kochi. The market stretches for around 1.3 kilometers. The market sells lots of local produce and is a colourful...

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  • Enoguchi River.

    We took a stroll along Kochi's Enoguchi River at night. The river was nicely lit in parts and there was a full moon which made it all even prettier.

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  • Kochi Castle

    Kochi Castle is one of only a dozen Japanese castles that have survived intact to the present day. It was built between 1601 and 1611. However, many of its main buildings date from 1748 when they were rebuilt following a fire. Kochi Castle was once home to the Yamauchi lords who ruled over the surrounding region. From the castle tower there are...

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  • Former Yamauchi Samurai Residence

    The Yamauchi family were the rulers of Tosa Province during the Edo Period. The Former Yamauchi Residence is a well-preserved building dating back to the 19th century. It has been designated an Important Cultural Property. There are two floors. The first floor has displays iin each room viewable from the outside. The second floor is like a small...

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  • Chikurinji Temple

    Chikurinji Temple is arguably the most famous temple in the city. It was built about 1300 years ago to be Japan's version of the Chinese Chikurinji which was said to be where a Buddhist saint who spoke great wisdom resided. The temple was built here because the mountain resembled Godaisan, where the Chinese temple was located. The mountains name...

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  • Makino Botanical Garden

    The Makino Botanical Garden is a large botanical garden on Mount Godaisan. It was built in honor of Tomitaro Makino, a very important botanist. He actually collected samples of over 400,000 species of plants for his study in his original book. He discovered and named over 1500 new plant species, as well. His books remain invaluable resources for...

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  • Yamauchi Shrine

    Yamauchi Shrine was originally built in 1871 in honor of the former rulers of Tosa Province. The Yamauchi family ruled from Kochi Castle for 16 generations. The original shrine was destroyed by bombings in WWII. The shrine was not rebuilt until 1970. This is the shrine you see today. Most of the shrine itself is ordinary. Within the shrine grounds...

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  • Chikyu 33 Banchi

    Kochi city sits in a unique geographic location. Within the city is the point 133*33'33"East Longituge, 33*33'33" North Latitude. The number 33 appears in all six coordinates (and the number 3 appears 12 times), which is very rare. Only 9 other places on the planet share this distinction. Those are in Nigeria, Indonesia, Guinea, Botswana, Libya,...

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  • Tosa Dog Fighting Center

    Most people probably don't associate Japan with dog fighting, but it was once a relatively popular spectator sport. There were trainers from around the country entering their dogs to compete in contests. Now however, most parts of the country outlaw dog fights, but here in Kochi the tradition has survived. The Tosa dog breed is a mix that was...

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  • Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum

    The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum is one of the sites in Katsurahama. It's a two-story museum dedicated to Sakamoto Ryoma. Most of the museum features information about Ryoma with replicas of famous things associated with him, such as his Smith and Wesson gun. As a "memorial museum" its purpose is mainly to educate visitors about Ryoma however,...

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  • Ryomaden

    Ryomaden is the name of a popular TV drama about Sakamoto Ryoma, the Kochi-born samurai reformer. The Ryomaden in Kochi contains the sets and props used as Ryoma's house in the drama, including clothing and the famous pistol. Those who are familiar with the series will probably find it fun and interesting to walk through. Those who have not seen...

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  • Kochi's Original Hat Bread

    Kochi is not only known for its delicious katsuo no tataki. There is this sweet treat Boshi Pan (Hat Bread) that has also gained fame over the years. Upon seeing the bread it should be obvious where it gets its name; it's shaped like a bowler hat! Rinberu actually means "Ring Bell", but the sign says Rin Bell with a bell where the 'g' should be....

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  • Local Specialties

    Ipponzuri is a good place to eat for those who want to try various local specialties, including those from other cities within Kochi Prefecture. Of course, they have Katsuo no Tataki, Kochi's claim to food fame but they have other katsuo dishes as well. It's one of the few places you can try Katsuo Gyoza. The taste is very light compared to...

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  • Katsuo Bar

    Ryomaya is a very friendly local bar named after Sakamoto Ryoma. The specialty dish is just two pieces of Katsuo no Tataki (bonito fish) torched right in front of you as they serve it with salt. It only costs 400 yen. They also have an actual Katsuo no Tataki dish, if you want to try it here. The prices here are affordable, so it's a good place to...

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Kochi Transportation

  • Train to Kochi.

    The train journey to Kochi from Okayama or other parts of Shikoku such as Takamatsu or Kotohira passes through a spectacular gorge with wonderful scenery. Photographing it is fun. Due to the frequency of tunnels on this mountainous route, you end up with a few blank black shots. Fine on a digital camera where you can delete; not so great with a...

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  • Kochi's Tram

    Kochi is a rather large city, but the tram system (Kochi Electric Railway) helps make getting around easier. Kochiekimae Station is located just outside Kochi Station. Trams going in each direction depart from here. You can pay per ride or buy a day pass. The day pass for travel within Kochi city is 500 yen and 800 yen for the full use tram pass...

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  • Getting to Kochi

    Kochi is one of Shikoku's largest cities, so it is well connected within Shikoku as well as to the mainland by train.Kochi Station is its main station. From Matsuyama and Takamatsu, Tadaotsu Station is a common place to change trains to head to Kochi. From the mainland, there are direct trains to Kochi from Okayama via the Marine Liner....

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Kochi Local Customs

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    by trvladct Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Kochi women are said to have 8 balls. (I believe the men have the normal amount) Its because of their strength. Even today when many japanese wives stay at home, Kochi women are known to have an outside job. They are a force to be reckoned with!

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Kochi Tourist Traps

  • Token

    Mastiff dogs which weight up to 90kg fight each other. They are ranked equally like sumo wrestlers. I'm not sure if Token is a tourist trap, because you get lots of action for your money, but I just felt sorry for the poor dogs. It was hard to watch the whole fight. No dog would gave up. Be prepared to see some blood.

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  • Token - Dog fights

    Kochi is well known for Token. If you go to Katsura-hama area you can watch a dog fight. It will cost you around 20 Euro for the dog fight and a dance performance afterwards. You will also be able to see the long tailed roosters.

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Kochi What to Pack

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    by kiwigal_1 Updated Jun 21, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: If you plan on doing a lot of train travel when you are in Japan then I suggest that you decline from bringing large, heavy suitcases. Most train stations in Japan have huge staircases (often no lift) so lugging a big suitcase is not an easy task. I suggest a good backpack would be a good choice especially for trips to Shikoku/Kochi.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rainy Season is around June/July and rain weather gear is essential. I just use an umbrella but there have been times that I have got completely soaked!! This is not the best time to visit Shikoku. Spring or late summer/early autumn are good times.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most things you will need can be purcahsed here. I don't recommend going to a hospital in Japan unless you really need to. In most cases the pharmacist will be able to help you if you tell them what is wrong and what kind of medicine you are looking for (a phrase book will have this in it).

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are plenty of camping spots around Shikoku and Kochi. I would bring your gear with you as it is expensive in Japan but if you need to find stuff it is available in outdoors shops.

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Kochi Off The Beaten Path

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    by RoseAmano Updated May 26, 2006

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    This mountain looks like Chinese holy place,which is same name,Godaisan. You'll meet a lot of pilgrims,who pligrimage 88 temples in Japan. This temple which's name Chikurin-ji is 31st temple and very old. You can also see very beautiful typcal Japanese garden.

    Located about 5 km southwest from JR Kochi Station. From the main bus terminal near the famous red footbridge (Harimaya Bridge), there are also many city buses.

    Godaisan Temple Entrance Local Custom of Young Lovers at Godaisan Hilltop Gojyu no to 5-storey pagoda
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Kochi Sports & Outdoors

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    by Wolfin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kouchi has many camping facilities beside rivers ,especially Simanto river. Many people foten play a canoe and camp in the camping cite besides the river.
    People living there are so kind for camping.They do not mind our behavior even if campers set a tent on most of the places as long as we do not annoy them.

    Equipment: We can not get the special gear there.What we just get is food.

    Simanto River
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    by kiwigal_1 Updated Jun 21, 2004

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    Fondest memory: The castle was built between 1601 and 1611, burnt down in 1727 and rebuilt in 1753. The castle is open to visitors between 9am and 5pm and entry costs 350 Yen.

    As you can see from the main picture, Kochi Castle is much the same as other castles in Japan. Being a Castle fan, I am trying to see as many Japanese Castles as possible while I am here. I wouldn't say that Kochi Castle is the main attraction in the city but it was certainly worth a visit!

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