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Kochi, Japan

Kochi is a small and friendly city located on the southern coast of the island of Shikoku in Japan boasting hilltop castles, pilgrimage temples and beautiful beaches.

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Kochi, Japan

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One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

See one of twelve Japanese castles to have survived the hardships of the post-feudal age. Kochi Castle was first build in the early 1600s and then reconstructed in 1748 after a fire. During the Edo Period it housed the Yamauchi lords who ruled the region and today its wooden walls house treasures and historical artefacts.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Take a stroll along the halls and structures of the Chikurinji temple on Godaisan Mountain, with a beautiful five-storey pagoda and Buddhist statues and scrolls of importance.
  • Explore the Katsurahama beach and its surrounding attractions, such as the Sakamoto Ryoma statue and Memorial Museum in honour of Kochi's favourite son, and instrumental architects.
  • Visit Kochi city centre and walk over Harimayabashi Bridge, a small red bridge that is famous for its role in a Kochi forbidden love story.
  • See where the samurai slept during the end of the Edo period at the Yamauchi Samurai Residences, tucked away south of the castle, it's a picturesque view for all interested in Japan's history.
  • Watch Noh plays and admire art by Japanese and foreign artists in the Kochi Prefectural Museum of Art.

Get a Taste of Local Flavours

No trip to Kochi is complete without trying their speciality dish, Katsuo no tataki. Katsuo stands for the type of tuna used and Tataki is the style in which it’s prepared. The fish is lightly grilled so that the inside remains raw, then it is sliced and seasoned with soya sauce, vinegar and citrus, and served with sliced garlic and onions.

Local Currency

The currency in Kochi is the Japanese Yen (JPY).

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    Before You Visit

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