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First Time Kochi Visitors

by Yuki
8h $ 128 Price up to 15 people

Highlights

  • Kochi castle
  • Tikurinji temple
  • Katsurahama beach
  • Hirome Market

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Overview

On this tour you can go to famous places like castles, temples, beaches, and local markets. Kochi was very an important area in the Edo era. You can learn about the dramatic events that made Kochi what it is today. One benefit of being in the country is you can feel the "untouristy," real Japan. One of the local specialties here is the fresh fish caught daily just off the beaches.

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.

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Yuki Local Guide

Highlights

  • Kochi castle
  • Tikurinji temple
  • Katsurahama beach
  • Hirome Market

Important

If you have any requests for me to be your guide in Ehime, Tokusima, Takamatsu, please let me know at least 10 days beforehand.

Bring your passport to get a foreigner discount.
The course can be changed according to traffic or health conditions, or just based on your personal interests.

If you will be using a wheelchair, please let me know if it is foldable or not, and if you will need to hire a wheelchair-friendly taxi during your trip. Unfortunately it will cost a little more, but please message me to check the costs associated with it. Also, guides are not allowed to use these taxis, so we will go in a separate car to the destination.
Wheelchair-acccesible places: main hall in Tikurinji temple (not entrance gate), Katsurahama beach (including the Ryoma statue), Hirome market, and the park and area surrounding Kochi castle (not the main castle, however) read more

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
Lunch (around ¥1500), transportation fee (¥500 with foreign passport/¥1000 without foreign passport. It's possible to use a taxi if the traffic conditions make riding the bus unfeasible), entrance fee (¥420/ if you also want to go to museum next to it +¥310), pick up (¥100, optional)
Meeting Point
Kochi station or your hotel
Ending Point
Kochi station or your hotel
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 15 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.

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