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Kochi

Birthplace of Sakamoto Ryoma and Yosakoi festivals

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Kochi City

Kochi City

If you're not a fan of big cities, or just need a break from the constant crowd, the much slower pace of Kochi City will be a...

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Hotel Sansuien

Hotel Sansuien

Ekaterina Bespyatova

Stay at this upscale hotel in close proximity to Kochi Castle, where you can enjoy a hot spring bath and learn a few things a...

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Hotel Nahari

Hotel Nahari

Ekaterina Bespyatova

Reasonably priced hotel with delicious food and a beautifully designed bath on the Pacific coast of Kochi Prefecture.

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Tsuribune Shrine

Tsuribune Shrine

Chiara Terzuolo

Check out the fish-themed offerings at this little shrine on the grounds of Kochi Hachimangu Shrine, and see if you can spot ...

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The Magical Ioki Cave

The Magical Ioki Cave

Chiara Terzuolo

Blink and you might miss the entrance to this little gem just one train stop away from the retro samurai town of Aki, in Koch...

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About Kochi

Kochi
Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Shikoku
Island Shikoku
Capital Kochi
Population 764,456
Area 7,103.91 sq. km

Located in the Shikoku region, Kochi Prefecture (高知県, Kōchi-ken) is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of the legendary Japanese revolutionary Sakamoto Ryoma, one of the most important figures in modern Japanese history; his statue on Katsurahama Beach is arguably the Mecca for Ryoma fanatics.

Kochi Castle is one of the oldest castles in Japan still standing, while the beautiful Shimanto River is said to be “Japan’s last fresh stream.”

Two notable activities in Kochi include whale-watching and the famous Yosakoi Dance Festival every August. If you're on a long vacation (and want to get some exercise), try the Shikoku O-henro, a pilgrimage of 88 temples that runs through Kochi (16 of the temples are located within the prefecture) and covers all of Shikoku, spanning 1200 km long. And while you're in Kochi, be sure to try katsuo tataki, seasoned and lightly grilled bonito sashimi.

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