What to Expect
This tour is for people who are interested in the countryside, communicating with locals and enjoying good food.
Tikurinji is an old temple of wisdom on the mountain. It was built based on the image of a temple in the emperor’s dream in the 8th century. It has mystical stories with some famous priests. After leaving the temple you can stop and view the stunning canyon scenery, This temple and the canyon scenery make for good photo opportunities if the weather is good.
Katsurahama is a famous beautiful beach that has souvenir shops and an aquarium. You can relax for a bit and watch ocean waves. There is also big statue of Ryoma Sakamoto, one of the most important samurai in Japan. Japan used be a tiny isolated country. But thanks to his efforts, the emperor could effectively govern Japan again and could allow it to develop itself as the international country that it is today. One of the reasons the Ryoma statue stands by the ocean is it signifies him telling the people to have high hopes by learning from other countries.
Kochi castle (Important cultural asset) was first built in 1601, and rebuilt completely in 1753 after it burned down. This castle is a precious castle because while the most of Japanese castles are mostly replicas, this castle maintains its original structure. Luckily, no battles were held at this castle, so you can appreciate the peaceful, political history that developed within its walls. Yamanouchi, the lord of Kochi castle, echoed Ryoma Sakamotos suggestion that the king return political power to the emperor. This may not be a fancy castle, but this is the real genuinen and real, and you can now understand how much the samurai in this castle and in Kochi were important contributors to the development of Japan today.There is no elevator, but you can climb up the stairs to the top, and see the same view of Kochi city as the lord himself saw.
Hirome market is facility which includes various fish markets, souvenir stores and a food court that local people come to to drink with strangers and friends alike. Kochi is famous for fresh fish. You can eat local specialties for cheap. Kochi has its own warm hospitality culture, especially from evening to night. But even during lunch time, you can talk to local people casually even though it is said Japanese are shy. This place is quite the exception.