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Things to Do in Kochi

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  • treesrgreenie
    Adelaide, Australia173 contributions
    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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  • Ruth M
    Kamakura, Japan68 contributions
    Best to take a good amount of time to explore this place. Also, near a lovely Ohenro stop temple called Chikurinji so both of these would be a great way to spend a day!
    Written September 27, 2020
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,764 contributions
    The Kochi Sunday Market is a must if in the area. I altered my plans for a trip just to make sure I would be in Kochi on a Sunday. Prior to going, I read that the market has been going on for hundreds of years. It starts near the castle on a single road that stretches over a kilometer. I started early here, around 7:30 am and spent a couple hours here walking up and down looking at everything the vendors had to offer. For the most part the market was full of fresh produce. But there were other vendors here selling goods like knives, antiques, plants, etc. There were a few food vendors here as well, I tried the tempura sweet potatoes and went back for seconds, they were great! Markets, are a great way to immerse yourself in local cultures and the Kochi Market should not be missed.
    Written December 2, 2020
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  • Dan Shinder
    27 contributions
    This experience was hard to put into words. We were in Japan from America for two weeks of business and managed to squeak in some sight-seeing. About half that time was in Kochi, which was enchanting, to say the least. Our host surprised us with an arrangement of the temple monks giving us a private and personalized traditional prayer ceremony in the temple. They even allowed us to have it filmed. The experience was so ... I really don't have the words ... personal, I suppose, that we have yet to post the video. We travel the world and have never had an experience like this that brought us so close to another culture. My advice is simple:
    Go there.
    Do it.
    You will never forget it.

    We are looking forward to returning to experience Chikurinji Temple again soon!
    Dan Shinder
    CEO Drum Talk TV
    Written November 3, 2019
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  • tedchyn
    Dallas, TX18 contributions
    The museum displayed the contributions made by Sakamoto Ryoma and others in the formation of modern Japan during the Meiji reform in the 19th century. Unlike many museums in Japan, this small museum had English translation on most display and a well-documented pamphlet related to famous people from Kochi Prefecture who were active during the tumultuous time which brought an inward-looking Japan toward the progressive modern country. The museum is not located in the Kochi city and can be reached through a city tourist bus at the footstep of the museum.
    Written July 5, 2019
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  • Frederick G
    Flemington, NJ381 contributions
    Picturesque black gravel beach with a Shrine overlooking it. No swimming, but you can walk the extensive shoreline.
    Written November 10, 2019
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  • Banda-in-Japan
    Tokyo, Japan454 contributions
    Sakamoto Ryoma was a forward thinker during a time when Japan was going through a lot of social and political upheaval. He was one of the earliest to recognize the need for change and was a strong advocate of developing the ability to compete with the west. He was assassinated in 1867, on his 33rd birthday, presumably for his outspoken opinions.

    This statue honoring him was erected in 1928. It is about twice life size and stands on a hilltop looking out at Katsurahama beach and the Pacific Ocean (Ryoma had hoped to travel overseas but never got the chance). It is one of only two large statues not melted down during WWII.
    Written November 17, 2020
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  • chiaraterz
    67 contributions
    We stopped here briefly to see the sunset, and it was truly gorgeous. The sea and islands in the distance were purple and blue in the twilight, and the lights of the city twinkled.
    Written February 19, 2020
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia25,119 contributions
    We did not get to really understand the workings of the trams in our brief rides. Price is by distsnce, but the central area is 200 yen. Most people use IC cards, but my ICOCA did not work here.
    Written May 8, 2019
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  • investigator2
    Reynella, Australia877 contributions
    Went in for the usual information and were greeted by a charming girl who spoke passable English who gave more than enough to keep us busy for the days we were here. English maps and other information freely available
    Written December 23, 2018
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  • Fuzzybeanerizer
    Hancock, MI47 contributions
    I took my 6 year old daughter to the yosakoi festival in August 2019 and while she may have been slightly overwhelmed by the whole trip at that age, we certainly had a great time. The dancers are so energetic! The whole city was alive with them, with team after team dancing past, and others running back and forth from one venue to another, despite the temperatures near 90 degrees F every day and plenty of humidity. At home I'd be huddled indoors by an air conditioner in such weather, but in Japan the energy was contagious and I had no problems hoofing around the city for hours on end. I sure sweated out a lot of liquids, though.

    If you are not familiar with the yosakoi dancing, these huge teams of dancers from all over Japan come to Kochi City. They have these big trucks with powerful loudspeakers and DJ's aboard, and usually pretty girls too, and sometimes live musicians.The trucks crawl down the city streets with the dance teams following behind. The music is so loud you can definitely feel it booming through your body, though it seemed much less hard on the ears than I remember from 15 years before... maybe they have shifted to lower sound frequencies? The dance teams and their music vary from modern styles, perhaps hip-hop influenced or whatever, to more tradional Japanese sounds and costumes. Many of the teams have these muscular guys taking turns waving HUGE flags around and around. The whole event is really colorful and loaded with beautiful people of both sexes.
    Written December 30, 2019
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  • Robert D
    Brooklyn, New York1,854 contributions
    The new wing only opened one month before I visited. Everything was brand new. You can get an audio guide for the permanent exhibit. There is quite a bit to see.
    Written June 22, 2018
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  • David B
    Delray Beach, FL1,135 contributions
    Might be worth a look for nonJapanese tourists, certainly worth a look if you or your partner read Japanese . There were some stamps and astronmy cards for kids, but it probably is not the best place for younger, nonJapanese tourists. There are restrooms, seating, vending machines and a gift shop at the ground level before paid entry as well as some touristy videos so it can be a cooler resting place after a Kochi castle climb.
    Written September 11, 2019
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  • Paul Walsh
    Hiroshima, Japan230 contributions
    This is may be a reconstruction, a house used as a film set for one of Japanese TV’s year long historical TAIGA dramas (focused on local samurai hero Ryoma Sakamoto), but it is a lovely one. Great place to plan what you are going to do in and around Kochi when you arrive. We had a nice cup of Japanese tea and a beautiful Xmas tree inspired WAGASHI cake.
    Written January 18, 2019
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  • tetsubei
    Ota, Japan225 contributions
    初めて高知を訪れた。人懐っこさの魅力は訪問する前から聞いていたが、空港に降り立つなりそれを感じた。道を尋ねると人たちが手取り足取り行きたい場所まで連れて行ってくれる。
    さて、県立美術館を訪れた理由は向井山朋子さんの「雅歌」を見るため。夕闇に包まれた美術館の中庭は観衆の細胞レベルまで振動させるだけの最高の演出だった。夜の打ち上げで向井山さんに「何故高知で?」と伺ったところ「ここの館長が世界でも稀にみるコンテンポラリーダンスのパトロネージュを推進。しかもどれをとっても世界的に最高レベル。彼の力を借りることが出来たことは誇り」と。
    美術館の外観も水に浮かぶノアの箱舟を想起させるデザイン。外周も中庭も池があり、高知市内を取り囲む山の上から覗き込んでも一目で分かるデザイン。是非とも彼が館長の間にこの美術館を訪ねて欲しい。高知の人情を感じ、食の質の高さを感じ、150年前の志士の思いを考え、全てを体験したのち、ここへ来るとまた感慨ひとしお。高知は市内を満喫した後、くるまで郊外へ出ると大自然の美しさに心洗われるはず。
    People from Kochi are heartwarming in a word. As soon as you land in the airport, you will feel and touch the atmosphere of the local people. When I had a talk with Ms. Tomoko Mukaiyama, a great pianist and scriptwriter who lives and plays in the Netherlands and asked her the reason why she decided to make her play in Kochi Art Museum, she immediately replied to me that the Director of the museum is the best patron for contemporary dance performance and his comments are always impressive. Exterior design of the museum is beyond expectation, where is surrounded by the pond and there is a pond in the courtyard of the museum. You enjoy the city, go to the museum and then will enjoy countryside of Kochi city by car. Kochi will be one of the most impressive cities in Japan.
    Written July 24, 2018
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