What to Expect
This tour is for people who are interested at countryside, communicating locals and having good food.
Tikurinji is an old temple of wisdom in a mountain. It was built on image of a temple in emperor’s dream on 8th century. It has mystical stories with some famous priests. After leaving temple you can stop by stunning canyon scenery, This temple and canyon scenery could be photo spot if it is good weather.
Katsurahama is famous beautiful beach which has souvenir shops and aquarium. You can relax for a bit by seeing ocean. There’ is also big statue of Ryoma Sakamoto one of the most important samurai in Japan. Japan used be a one tiny isolated country. But with his effort Japanese emperor could governed Japan again and could open their country to develop itself as an international country today. One of the reason Ryoma statue stand by ocean is said to mean he is telling people to have high hope by learning from abroad over the ocean.
Kochi castle (Important cultural asset) is built in 1601 first, and rebuilt completely in 1753 after it has burned down. This castle is precious castle because while the most of Japanese castle is replica on their most of part, but this castle has original structure. Luckily no battle were held at the castle. So you could feel it’s history peacefully but the political way. Yamanouchi the lord of kochi castle is as Ryoma Sakamoto, he suggested king to returns political power to the emperor. Maybe not fancy just an very old castle but this is the real castle and you can now understand how much Samurai in this castle and kochi was important for the development of japan today.There is no elevator, you can climb up high stairs to the top, you see the view of Kochi city the lord might saw.
Hirome market is an combined facility of fish markets, souvenir stores and food court local people come to drink with strangers. Kochi is famous for fresh fish, You can eat local speciality for cheep. Kochi has their own warm hospitality culture, Especially from evening to night or even lunch time, you are allowed to talk to local people casually even though it is said Japanese are shy. This place is exception.