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Kochi

Birthplace of Sakamoto Ryoma and Yosakoi festivals

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Top Attractions in Kochi

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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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Upcoming Kochi Events

Kazuyuki Takezaki Exhibition

Kazuyuki Takezaki Exhibition

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Kazuyuki Takezaki is a Kochi-born painter who lives and works in Kagawa Prefecture. A special exhibition taking place at the ...

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Kengo Kuma Exhibition

Kengo Kuma Exhibition

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A special exhibition taking place at the Kochi Museum of Art looks at the works of renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma fro...

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Miniature Life Exhibition: Kochi

Miniature Life Exhibition: Kochi

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A special exhibition taking place at the Kochi Prefectural Museum of Art looks at works from Kumamoto-born Tatsuya Tanaka, a ...

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Where to eat in Kochi

La Prima Vorta

La Prima Vorta

Nate Hill

La Prima Vorta is one of those restaurants that leaves you feeling like you might not ever experience food like that anywhere...

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Ocho 8

Ocho 8

Nate Hill

Ocho 8 is a lovely cafe with modern comfort brought to an old traditional Japanese house--opposite of what would be expected ...

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Places to stay in Kochi

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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Latest Kochi Reports

Kochi Ryoma Airport

Kochi Ryoma Airport

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The Kochi Ryoma Airport is named after Sakamoto Ryoma, one of Japan's most popular historical figures who was born in the pre...

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Yusuhara

Yusuhara

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Yusuhara, Kochi Prefecture, is a small mountainous town with truly special natural landscapes dotted with unique architectura...

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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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