Kochi Castle

Kochi Castle: Hours, Address, Kochi Castle Reviews: 4/5

Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
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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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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,701 contributions
One of the Originals, Worth a Visit
Nov 2020
I came to Kochi mainly to see the Kochi Castle as it is one of Japan's original castles. There is paid parking at the base of the castle. Once you walk through the gate, the walk to the castle is not far, there are a few stairs to climb. You don't have to pay to visit the grounds, only to visit the inside, which is fairly cheap and worth it. I liked this castle because it had a few rooms that were decorated and set up unlike some others where it is just bare inside. You can walk up to the top of the keep and view the city of Kochi. After the museum, I recommend walking the grounds for a bit. Kochi is kind of out there, not the easiest place to get to in Japan. I made a goal to see all the original castles, so it is a nice way to get to some of these farther away cities.
Written December 1, 2020
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Alanthebairn
Falkirk, UK868 contributions
An original Castle
Nov 2019
Many of the castles of Japan have actually been rebuilt but Kochi is an original and well worth a visit.

The internal stair case is extremely steep and as you aren't allowed to wear shoes a decent in socks can be rather interesting.

Lovely walk from the city to the castle complex.

Well worth a visit but maybe not for the less able.
Written February 9, 2020
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treesrgreenie
Adelaide, Australia173 contributions
Authentic old castle with great views
Nov 2019 • Couples
Climb uneven stone steps to reach the top where the castle is. Prepare to take off your shoes before entry. Plastic bags provided to carry with you. Very steep wooden stairs inside but worth the climb to the top. The views are lovely. Quite steep again walking down but the castle is really old and a great insight to how it was back in its time. Watch your head. The beams are quite low so we heard a few bangs of the head from time to time.
Written January 26, 2020
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CancunVoyager
Miami Fla.536 contributions
AN AUTHENTIC SAMURAI CASTLE
Nov 2019
As in the movies, this was the opportunity to meet a samurai castle and not be disappointed. Although there are few original interiors left, the experience is great. First you will climb many stairs to reach the mountain where the castle stands, from there you will still climb to the last floor through very difficult, tall and small steps where many tourists get stuck on the road, but you will finally get to appreciate majestic views of the surroundings .
You will go back to the samurai era
Written December 31, 2019
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Fuzzybeanerizer
Hancock, MI47 contributions
Smallish but original castle.
Aug 2019
Some of the castles in Japan are reproductions -- Osaka Castle comes to mind -- but I understand that Kochi Castle is an authentic old building. Of course it is not super huge, but is still a wonderful place to explore. You get some nice views of the city from up on top. Kochi Castle is certainly one of the very top attractions in the Kochi City area, and something not to be missed.

We went there on a very hot day in August, and they were handing out frozen washcloths so people could cool themselves. I never saw that before, but it sure felt good.

My six year old daughter had a lot of fun feeding bread crumbs to the birds and the fish and turtles that can be found in the moat or whatever that runs along the street near the castle grounds.

I think there is a gift shop, but it is in the new castle museum which is across the street from the castle grounds. I believe we had combined tickets for the castle and museum.
Written December 30, 2019
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david chiu
Toronto, Canada41 contributions
Beautiful castle but the steps inside is steep and difficult to climb
Dec 2019 • Friends
It is conveniently located in the city and easy to find. No charge to go inside the surrounding garden complex but have to paid (Yen 300 pp) to go up to the top of the castle. The stairs are narrow and steep and you have to prepare to climb up if your legs are not strong enough. The view from the top is superb and the whole Kochi city is beneath your feet. There is a Museum next to the front entrance and not far away is a so call fish market to try some local food. The covered pedestrian walk leading to the castle also has different varieties of food and souvenir shops. One can easily spend a relaxing day in the Kochi city.
Written December 13, 2019
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iris s
Haverford, PA24 contributions
Very Interesting! Great view from the Top!!
Nov 2019
The castle is very different. You must be in excellent condition to climb all the stairs! Once inside, you will be climbing even steeper stairs! The interior is all wooden. Great views of the city! Lovely shopping nearby and close to the cruise port. I liked the extra exersize of climbing!!
Written December 10, 2019
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Minxdragon
Melbourne, Australia91 contributions
Beautiful but only for the hale
Nov 2019
This castle is stunning, and I am sorry we aren't going to see the TeamLab installation on right now! But if you have a disability you are going to struggle to see this castle up close. There are many steps and the gradient is quite steep. You can get fantastic photos from the base of the hill and gardens so it is still worth visiting!
Written November 13, 2019
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Frederick G
Flemington, NJ381 contributions
Is it worth the walk up?
Oct 2019
1. The Castle is best observed from the outside. 2. The walk up - is quite frankly scary with irregular and steep steps. Compound that with the 'shoes off' mindset, can make the wooden steps slippery. 3. The view - if you make it to the top, is okay. Not really sure if it is worth the risk to venture up - unless of course you are in top shape. I saw lots of older folk turn around, and question the whole effort. Lots of other things to do in the area, food court, park, koi, ponds, area architecture.
Written November 11, 2019
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ChoongSH
Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia447 contributions
A Beautiful Castle
Oct 2019
If you have the time, do visit. Actually, you may take the tram service from Kochi station or Dentetsu Terminal building and then get off at Ohasi Dori station, and you can then walk to KOchi castle and Hirome market. I did that. DO spend some time walking around the park surrounding the castle, a very nice one.
Written November 3, 2019
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