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About Kochi

Experience a slice of the real Japan in cosmopolitan Kochi, a vibrant modern city with friendly people and a laidback vibe.

With easy access to sea and mountains, there are sweeping beaches, hidden temples and a hilltop castle to explore besides the trendy malls and bustling palm-lined arcades of Kochi downtown. For spectacular views across the city, it's worth the climb to the castle; a gleaming example of 17th century history with its perfectly intact interior documenting a dramatic feudal past. The nearby Hirome food market sells everything from fresh fish to tasty katsuo and ramen noodles, but for a calmer pilgrimage, visit Chikurin-ji Temple. Overlooking the harbour at the top of Godaisan mountain, the temple's Treasure House hosts Buddhist sculpture from the Heian and Kamakura periods; while opposite is the lovingly tended garden dedicated to the life and career of botanist Dr Tomitarou Makino.

 

Shore excursions in Kochi

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