Kochi 高知市

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Kochi has a reputation as one of Japan's most livable cities. Both sea and mountains are on the doorstep of this surprisingly cosmopolitan town. There's good food, a lively market, friendly people and an easy-going vibe.

  • Nearest Airport

    Kochi Ryoma Airport (KCZ) - Airport Bus to JR Kochi Station takes 40 mins

  • Train Stations

    Kochi Station - Dosan Line (Shikoku Railway Company / JR Shikoku)

    Iriake Station - Dosan Line (Shikoku Railway Company / JR Shikoku)

  • Districts

    Kochi Castle

    Sunday Market

    Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum

Kochi Castle

Kochi Castle, is probably the town's biggest attraction and is a completely original castle, one of only twelve such in Japan. The complete inner citadel (honmaru) of the castle is still intact.

First constructed between 1601 and 1611 by Yamauchi Katsutoyo, the feudal lord (daimyo) of Tosa, the castle burnt down in 1727 and was rebuilt between 1729 and 1753. The buildings you see today dates from that period.


The reconstruction of Kochi Castle took place in the middle of a time of prolonged peace in Japan, so the feudal lord of the day had his living quarters (kaitokukan) situated on the ground floor looking out on to a pleasant garden planted with cherry trees and plum trees.


The 18.5 meters tall castle tower (donjon) has three external levels on six floors. On a clear day, there are good views over Kochi town stretching out below.

Statue of Yamauchi Katsuyo in Kochi

Statue of Yamauchi Katsuyo in Kochi

By Naoki Seto - http://www.fotopedia.com/items/87ju14hi8mdn9-99CvbVktoE0, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34558539

Harimaya-bashi in Kochi

Harimaya-bashi in Kochi

By Maarten Heerlien from The Hague, The Netherlands - Harimaya-bashi, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57105165

Quiet places outside the city centre

Around two kilometers south of downtown Kochi on a hill overlooking the harbor is Godaisan Koen park. This hilltop park contains the lovely Chikurinji Temple, number 31 of the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku, with an impressive pagoda and fine garden.

Almost next door is the interesting Kochi Prefecture Makino Botanical Garden (admission 500 yen), which honors the remarkable achievements of the locally-born botanist Tomitaro Makino (1862-1957), who did much to popularize the study of plants in Japan, named over 1500 species and is the author of the classic Illustrated Flora of Japan. Besides the delightful grounds, the modern Makino Museum of Plants & People Exhibition Hall recreates the great man's life and influence on Japanese botany.

Chikurinji Temple located in Godaisen Koen park

Chikurinji Temple located in Godaisen Koen park

By ikm, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55767529

Travel to Kochi with a JR Shikoku Pass

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