Kochi Prefecture’s location on the Pacific Ocean has made it a gathering place for surfers from all over Japan. The Muroto area of its rugged coast has earned UNESCO Global Geopark status for its geological formations. The clear Shimanto River draws campers and trekkers eager to spend time on its banks. Historical townscapes such as Kochi Castle, old sake breweries and traditional markets in the region are well preserved and worth exploring.
Kochi is most easily accessed by plane. There are many bus and train routes to points in Shikoku and connections to major cities in Honshu via Okayama. Direct highway buses are available from many major cities around Japan.
You can fly direct from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka to Kochi Ryoma Airport. If you would rather travel on land, catch the shinkansen to Okayama and change to a bus bound for Kochi Station. There are also local train lines serving Kochi Prefecture and other areas of Shikoku. Rental cars are an easy way to freely explore the prefecture.
The people of Kochi are known for their love of dorome (fried sardines) and alcohol. Every year there is a dorome fes...
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Tosa Forged Blades
Tosa uchihamono are free-forged blades. Sharp, durable and easy to care for, these cutting tools reflect swordsmithin...
The whole prefecture comes alive with colorful blossoms. The Kochi Flower Festival in Chuo Park boasts an impressive array of over 40,000 flowers.
The Yosakoi Festival is the highlight of Kochi’s warmer season, featuring 20,000 dancers and plenty of music, food and festivities.
The Kochi Castle Autumn Festival is highlighted by a Shinto dance performance called kagura. Nonehachiman Shrine and Kasuga Shrine have ritual displays of yabusame, traditional horseback archery.
Kochi’s temperate climate provides a welcome respite from frigid temperatures in the rest of the country. The Kochi Castle Winter Festival runs in late December.