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Kochi Castle

Address: 1-2-1 Marunouchi, Kochi, Kochi Prefecture 780-0850, Japan
Phone Number: +81 88-824-5701
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Ranked #1 of 32 Attractions in Kochi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Owner description: Constructed in the 1600s, this castle was originally named Otakasaka after the hill on which it resides. Built to defend the city below, the structure was partially damaged by a fire in the early 1700s but never faced a formal attack.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Lots of stairs, but it's worth the climb as it's very interesting architecture and history. Some of the gardens, particularly the courtyards, are lovely.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My wife & myself had the wonderful experience to visit Kochi Castle in Japan, this castle was originally built in 1603 & rebuilt in 1753 after a fire. We had the chance to see this part of Japan when travelling on the Sun Princess from Australia to Japan. We found this wooden castle to filled with history dating back hundreds... More

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Anyone who wants to try to visit important Japanese castles would have to include Kochi Castle on that list. There are some castles that seem crowded and small and historically unimportant but Kochi castle is just the opposite. It is structurally fascinating with lots of intelligent designs like trick gates and entrances that lead to blind "traps" where an invading... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I went there when I was in the university in March. Nice weather. Nice scenery. Nice architecture. I wish I could go there again, now with a princess costumes LOL

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

When we arrived in Marugame it was raining, so using our JR Rail Pass we took a trip the next day to Kochi, where the weather was, as forecast, sunny if cool. The cherries there were still in fair shape. We were particularly interested in visiting Kochi castle after seeing so many reconstructions. Kochi is the real deal - an... More

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Hong Kong, China
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I went actually few years ago. There were bunch of volunteer tour guide - FREE ! They teach you all the history and the tricks they have in each bits and pieces of the castle. Never have I thought the castle was so interesting and full of war strategies. Kouchi castle was the first castle I got interested in. Def... More

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Nosund, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This is a very calm place with fine views over the small town of Kochi! Very fine wooden works everywhere and that special tranquil atmosphere you find around these traditional Japanese buildings.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Besides being a beautiful castle Kochi castle has not only an original donjon but adjacent original quarters as well. The first floor is full of the main keep of stuff though.

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Fountain Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We went in the Spring of 2012 so the weather was beautiful in Kochi. Having already visited a number of Japan's castles, Kochi was a very pleasant surprise. Unlike most other castles that have been restored and have a museum feel to it, Kochi Castle has retained an old world feel to it. I seriously felt like I had been... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We went in Summer and yes its hot an humid, take water and towels and hat. enjoyed the morning walking about and looking at the history.

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