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...more
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,...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
In the area between Kamimachi-Itchome Tram Stop and the Kagami River (Kagamigawa) are many sites related to native samurai, Sakamoto Ryoma.The first site, located right on the main road is a monument marking the site of Ryoma's actual birthplace. In front of the monument is a bench featuring Ryoma and guns like those used by him and others in his...more
Katsurahama is a coastal beach area, but swimming is not the reason people visit. Actually, swimming is prohibited, because the currents are too strong. Instead, people come for the scenic view of the water and coast. It's well-known for its beauty and even though Japan has plenty of coastlines, many people don't actually go to appreciate them, so...more
Kochi Castle as you see it today dates back to 1748, making it one of the few original castles in Japan. It is particularly great because all of the structures are original and intact, which is not the case for most of the other original castles. Kochi Castle belonged to the feudal lords of the Tosa Kingdom, the former name Kochi Prefecture, and...more
Harimayabashi Bridge is esentially just a small red bridge but the story associated with it is what makes it a nice attraction. It is said that long ago a monk from Godaisan fell in love with a woman, which was strictly forbidden for holy men. They kept their relationship a secret until one day someone saw the monk buying a hairpin by Harimayabashi...more
We just got back from our 3-week trip to Japan. Of course we had a great time checking out temples in Kyoto and all that Japanese stuff. However the best thing we did on our trip was Rafting in Shikoku. It was such a beautiful place and the river was absolutely awesome. We did the one-day trip with this company called happy raft. Check out their...more
Kochi prefecture in Shikoku Island is famous for its beaches and has some good surfing spots. While most of the beaches are covered in garbage there are some jewels down in the south west corner of the island. You can swim at these beaches unlike many of the beaches near Kochi city which are dangerous due to the strong rips. This beach like several...more
The botanical gardens has an extensive network of gardens for a small city. Its a great place to relax, enjoy nature and escape from city life. As the gardens sit high above the city of Kochi a walk through the gardens offers spectacular views of the surrounding areas. If you are in Kochi its well worth a visit in spring and early summer.more
The Holiday Inn in Kochi - I chose this hotel because: 1) price, 2) obtain mile points. It turns out...more
As an exchange student in Kochi, I had never needed to stay in a hotel in the city. But when my...more
Hotel Town Nishikigawa is part of the Hotel Town chain in Kochi. They are among the most affordable...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
You may take a ferry from Kochi New Port (near Katsurahama Beach) to other destinations in Japan.There are different classes of rooms, ranging from Private Suite w/toilet & shower, Private Room w/toilet & shower (Bunk Beds or Tatami), Shared Bunk Compartments or Shared Tatami Sleeping Space.There is a rather uncrowded big public bath and Sauna with...more
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!
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.more
8 Reviews and Opinions
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.
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.
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.
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!