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Kochi (Japan)

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1h20 from Tokyo by plane
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Kochi

Marielle Awad Seasoned Traveller
62 written opinions

Shikoku's most southern city, in southwest Japan.

My suggestion:
Kochi, an industrial harbour city, is far from being the most beautiful panorama Shikoku has to offer, but will make do as a stop over for one night or a few hours.
My review

Kochi is not the most interesting city of Shikoku, but it does present some centres of interest:

- the castle is rather well preserved, and inside, different life scenes like whale hunting have been recreated.

- Chikuri-jin temple is part of the 88 temple pilgrimage.

- Makino botanical garden to visit in spring, during the blossoming of the plum and cherry trees. It is accessible on foot from Chikuri-jin temple. 

- the Sunday market is the chance to discover the local products in season: yuzu lemons that come in a wide range of shapes, dried or half-cooked bonito...

- the clock opposite the little red bridge near the covered gallery becomes animated every hour on the hour; worth seeing if you happen to be in the area at the right time.

- Katsurahama is the opportunity for a walk on the beach. A nearby mini maritime centre displays dolphins, sea lions and seals shut up in small pools. To be avoided in order not to encourage such practices.

- the Anpanman museum, about the hero of the cartoon for kids, will certainly enchant children.

Kochi Castle
Katsurahama beach
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