Kochi, Japan

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Kochi sits on the broad alluvial plain facing Urado Bay. This city in Shikoku takes its name from the great feudal castle that sits at its very heart. Completed in 1611, Kochi Castle was the seat of Yamauchi Kazutoyo, a noted warrior who supported Tokugawa Ieyasu in his successful quest to become Shogun. Tosa Province and Kochi Castle were Yamauchi's reward for faithful service. There is an historical irony here: 250 years later, a Kochi native son - a former low-ranked samurai and now ronin named Sakamoto Ryoma - played a pivotal role in bringing the Tokugawa Shogunate to an end and restoring the Emperor of Japan to political prominence. The prize once awarded for faithful service had become a hotbed of support for the Meiji Restoration.

Kochi is one of the wettest places in Japan - and a frequent target for cyclonic storms or typhoons. Southeast of the city, warm oceans currents washing against the Aki Mountains create a subtropical landscape of hibiscus, palm and ficus at Muroto-Anan Quasi-National Park.

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  • Kochi Castle Museum of History Kochi Castle Museum of History

    Kochi's new tourist spot is opened in 2017. This museum has approximately 67,000 items including a national treasure and the important cultural property.

  • Kochi Castle Kochi Castle

    Originally constructed in 1603 and rebuilt in 1753 after a fire, it is one of 12 Japanese castles to survive the post-feudal age and a classic example of Edo period architecture.

  • Katsurahama Beach Katsurahama Beach

    One of Kochi's most popular spots, this scenic beach, known as a good place to "moon view," is home to a number of attractions, including a famous statue of Kochi's favorite son, Sakamoto Ryoma.

  • Kochi Municipal Ryoma's Memorial Museum Kochi Municipal Ryoma's Memorial Museum

    Located in Kamimachi where Sakamoto Ryoma, a 19th century political reformer, was born, this museum houses exhibits and dioramas celebrating the town and the history of the Sakamoto family.

  • Mikurodo Cave Mikurodo Cave

    It is believed that the 8th century Buddhist monk Kobo-Daishi attained spiritual enlightenment in this cave. So moved by the views of the sky, "Ku," and the sea, "Kai," he renamed himself Ku-Kai.

  • Murotomisaki Cape Observatory Murotomisaki Cape Observatory

    At this site, one of eight "fine views" in Japan, coastal plants blanket the area, anchored by a lighthouse, the largest in Japan. From this picturesque vantage point, enjoy nature trails and photo opportunities.

  • Kazurabashi Bridge & Oboke Gorge Kazurabashi Bridge & Oboke Gorge

    Take a thrilling walk across a suspension bridge of woven vines that spans across the valley 45 feet above the river below. Then, explore the Oboke gorges by boat excursion.

  • Ryugado Cave Ryugado Cave

    One of the most celebrated limestone caves in Japan, this designated Natural Treasure was once home to early man and is punctuated by 20 waterfalls and the ruins of a primitive pit house.


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