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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum 坂本龍馬記念館

## An ultramodern museum dedicated to a legendary young rebel

Built on the grounds of Urado Castle Park, the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum is dedicated to one of Japan's most pivotal figures. Though he lived just 31 years, the young samurai's passion for ending the feudal system and modernizing Japan made him a legendary tragic figure.

Sakamoto's life has inspired dozens of movies, animations, TV dramas and songs. The museum introduces you to his world through scrolls, letters, videos, and even a replica of a Smith & Wesson pistol he used to fend off assassins.

Quick Facts

Sakamoto Ryoma was born in Kochi and killed by assassins in Kyoto

Below the museum lie pleasant strolling paths, shrines, the Katsurahama Aquarium, and Katsurahama beach

How to Get There

The museum is easy to get to by taxi, bus, or rental bike from Kochi Station. Take the orange Kenkotsu bus bound for Katsurahama and get off at the second-to-last stop, Ryoma Kinenkan Mae.

The man and the myth

The museum holds original documents and artifacts from Sakamoto's life, including a replica of the blood-soaked folding screen from the inn where he was murdered. Sakamoto died young, but his actions had a major impact on the Meiji Restoration.

As you pass through the museum, the exhibits lead you toward a majestic full-length window with a view of the ocean below you.

Traces of another pivotal historical figure

Sakamoto and his fellow rebels were fired up by the tales of Nakahama Manjiro, a 14-year-old castaway rescued in 1843 by an American whaling ship. Manjiro became the first Japanese person to visit America; he stayed there for almost a decade and came back to tell the country about the United States.

The museum features a copy of the alphabet Manjiro wrote and a recounting of his adventures in America.

Other attractions just a short walk away

Katsurahama beach, the Katsurahama Aquarium, shrines, and shops are close to the museum, which makes this area just outside the city of Kochi a great place for a day out. The beach is reportedly an excellent place for moon viewing, and the aquarium lets you feed and interact with the creatures there.

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