Kochi

About Kochi

Kochi, on Shikoku Island, is quite rural. In fact, 85% of the prefecture is covered in forests. This lush, green area is perfect for adventurers and is famous for exciting outdoor activities. Shirahama Beach is popular for swimming and surfing. From Cape Muroto you can go on whale-watching cruises or walk the trails for unparalleled views from the rocky cliffside. Kochi City, the prefectural capital, is small and casual with a welcoming atmosphere, historic sites, a feudal era castle and it was the hometown of Sakamoto Ryoma. Sakamoto-san played an important role in the transition from the Edo to Meiji eras. Inland you can enjoy hundreds of kilometres of camping, canoeing and kayaking along the Shimanto-gawa, one of the only natural, undammed rivers in Japan. There are many beautiful temples in the mountains, valleys and towns of Kochi, and they are all a part of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage, otherwise known as the Hachijuhakasho.

Places to visit in Kochi

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Sights in Kochi

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A Little Glass Shop: Tochi

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A little shop where you can experience handmade glass workshops in Nangoku-shi, Kochi. The unique owner had studied Space Engineering at university before going

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Kōchi Prefectural Museum of History

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Opening in 1991, this museum promotes the study, collection, display, and preservation of the historical, archaeological and folk objects. It is located in t

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ACT Land

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ACT Land is a theme park which features a wax museum based upon the life of Ryoma Sakamoto and the World Model Car Museum. ACT stands for art, culture and te

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Noichi Zoological Park

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A public zoo in Konan City, Kochi Prefecture. Animals in the park are kept in an environment which resembles that of their natural habitat. The zoo is divided i

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Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen-Nahari Line

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A train line which you can take from Gomen station and all the way to the Nahari station which has opened a new deck allows people to see a beautiful view of Mo

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Yanase Takashi Memorial Hall / Anpanman Museum

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This museum was established in 1996 and displays the creative works of Takashi Yanase, creator of popular Japanese animation, ‘Anpanman’. It features the Anpanm

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Hotels in Kochi

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Orient Hotel Kochi

Hotel in Kochi

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Orient Hotel Kochi offers accommodation in Kochi. Private parking is available on site. Every room at this hotel is air c

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Kochi Sakura Hotel

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Conveniently located a 5-minute walk from JR Kochi Station (south exit), Kochi Sakura Hotel offers cosy accommodation with free WiFi throughout the property. Gu

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Bright Park Hotel

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Bright Park Hotel offers accommodation in Kochi. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Rooms

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South Breeze Hotel

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Featuring free WiFi, South Breeze Hotel offers accommodation in Kochi. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Private parking is available on site. The rooms

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Kochi Ryoma Hotel

Hotel in Kochi

Kochi Ryoma Hotel is located in Kochi, just a 5-minute walk from JR Kochi Train Station. Free WiFi, free-use bikes and rooms with air conditioning area all on o

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Harimayabashi Guesthouse

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Harimayabashi Guesthouse offers accommodation in Kochi. Each room at this guest house is air conditioned and comes with a TV. Harimayabashi Guesthouse features

Neighborhoods

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Monobegawa

Neighborhood in Kochi:

Located in Kochi Prefecture, the Monobegawa area (named after the Monobe river) is a hidden gem which is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Shikoku.

Nearby Locations

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Tokushima


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Kagawa


Kagawa Prefecture is one of the four prefectures of Shikoku Island. It is currently the smallest prefecture in Japan, and is settled on the Seto Inland Sea next

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Ehime


Ehime is home to Dogo Onsen, one of Japan's oldest hot springs with a history going back almost 1,000 years. In the loosely auto-biographical novel **Botchan**,