Kōchi is a smart, compact city with a deserved reputation for enjoying a good time. The castle here is largely undamaged, and remains a fine example of Japanese architecture. Excellent access to the Ashizuri-misaki, Iya Valley and southern Tokushima, and easy day trips to caves, beaches and mountains make Kōchi perhaps the perfect base for travels around the island. The town also boasts a samurai of great national significance. During the Meiji Restoration, Sakamoto Ryōma was instrumental in bringing down the feudal government.