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Top Choice Castle in Kōchi

Kōchi-jō

Kōchi-jō is one of just a dozen castles in Japan to have survived with its original tenshu-kaku (keep) intact. The castle was originally built during the first decade of the 17th century by Yamanouchi Katsutoyo, who…
Top Choice Japanese in Shimanto City

Sanzenkai

The three kanji characters that make up this classy restaurant's name say it all – mountain, river, sea. Out at the spectacular Iyashi-no-sato eco-hotel, Sanzenkai uses locally sourced seasonal ingredients to tempt …
Top Choice Bar in Kōchi

Tosa-shu Baru

Without doubt, this is the place to go to try Kōchi-made sake. Owner Kōji has a passion for sake and has offerings from all 18 breweries in Kōchi, three daily-changing nomi-kurabe (tasting sets), superb small dishes…
Top Choice Japanese in Kōchi

Hirome Ichiba

Dozens of mini-restaurants and bars specialising in everything from gomoku rāmen (seafood noodles) to tako-yaki (octopus balls) surround communal tables; this is the hub of Kōchi's cheap-eats scene. On weekends, it …
Top Choice Market in Kōchi

Sunday Market

Our favourite street market in Shikoku is 300 years old and takes place every Sunday along 1.3km of Ōte-suji, the main road leading to the castle. Around 430 colourful stalls sell fresh produce, tonics and tinctures…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Ashizuri-misaki

Temple 38: Kongōfuku-ji

The grounds of Temple 38, set on dramatic Ashizuri-misaki, feel incredibly tropical and consist of a diverse array of small temples, statues, gardens and ponds. Walking pilgrims breathe a sigh of relief on arrival, …
Buddhist Temple in Kōchi

Temple 31: Chikurin-ji

At Godaisan in the east of the city, you'll find Chikurin-ji is Temple 31 of the 88. The extensive grounds feature a five-storey pagoda and thousands of statues of the Bodhisattva Jizō, guardian deity of children an…
Park in Kōchi

Godaisan

Several kilometres east of the town centre is the mountain of Godaisan, where you can enjoy excellent views of the city from a lookout point (展望台). Near the top of the hill is Chikurin-ji, Temple 31 of the 88. By th…
Cultural in Kōchi

Yosakoi Matsuri

Kōchi’s lively Yosakoi Matsuri on 10 and 11 August perfectly complements Tokushima’s Awa-odori Matsuri (12 to 15 August). There’s a night-before event on 9 August and a night-after effort on 12 August, but 10 and 11…
Cave in Kōchi Prefecture

Ryūga-dō

This cave has some interesting stalactites and stalagmites, and traces of prehistoric habitation. The route gets quite steep in places. Visitors on a standard ticket will see about 1km of the 4km cave. Advance reser…