One of the twelve original Japanese castles enjoyable around the clock and during any season
Kochi Castle is one of the must-see spots when visiting Kochi. Constructed at the beginning of the 17th century, Kochi Castle is one of the twelve original Japanese castles and the only castle in Japan where both the original castle tower (tenshu) and the main keep (honmaru) remain intact. Another great characteristic of Kochi Castle is that you can capture both the Otemon main gate and the castle tower in one photo, which is very rare in Japan. While there’s a lot to see, the castle grounds are quite compact, so you can still check it out even if you’re pressed for time. The castle is enjoyable around the clock and during any season. In the spring, the grounds become especially lively with locals and tourists enjoying the cherry blossoms and the contrast of their pink color against the white walls. The castle is a symbol of the prefecture and is located close to Kochi Station—less than 30 minutes on foot from Kochi Station or about 15 minutes travel by tram and foot from the nearest stop, Kochijo-mae station.