KochiKochi, 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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Hirome Ichiba Market
This market is in downtown Kochi and is made up of over 60 shops. The market was opened to spread the knowledge of Kochi's food, friendliness and artistic culture.
Nichiyo Ichi, or Sunday market, has been held for over 300 years and local producers sell vegetables, fruits, plants but also hardware and antiques.
Katsurahama is a beach where the statue of Sakamoto Ryoma, prominent Tosa samurai of the Edo period, is located.
The Ryuga Cave is a roughly 4km, 175 million year old limestone cave with a walking tour to see the various rock and mineral formations inside. When visiting the cave, you can select the 'Sightseeing' or 'Adventure' tour, the latter requires wearing specialise
Kiyotaki-ji Temple, located in Kochi, is the thirty-fifth temple of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage.
Hotel New Otani Nagaoka
Hotel New Otani Nagaoka offers accommodation in Nagaoka. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Private parking is available on site. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. The rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a s
Hotel Crown Hills Nakamura
Hotel Crown Hills Nakamura offers accommodation in Shimanto. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a bath.
Tosagyoen is a 7-minute walk from Kochi Station, and a free shuttle service is provided. The property houses a public bath and an aesthetic salon. Personal computers and WiFi are accessible for free at its lobby.
Katsuo Guest House
Located a 12-minute walk or a 3-minute bus ride from JR Kochi Station north exit, Katsuo Guest House offers Japanese-style dormitory rooms with air conditioning.
Hotel New Otani Takaoka
Hotel New Otani Takaoka features 4 restaurants and free Wi-Fi access. Some rooms offer a massage chair or a foot bath. Laptop PCs and DVDs are available for rent.
Sansuien features an open-air natural hot spring bath, a Japanese garden and Western and Japanese-style rooms, only a 5-minute walk from Kochi Castle. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, a souvenir shop and free WiFi access through
Hotel Areaone Kochi
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Hotel Areaone Kochi offers accommodation in Kochi. All rooms have a flat-screen TV. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Extras include slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer.