Things to do in Kochi (Part 2)
Things to do in Kochi (Part 2)
As mentioned in the other blog, there are a lot of great places in Japan that have abundance of greenery and other beautiful nature spots. And I understand that if you only have a certain amount of time in Japan then you will probably choose the more popular places to visit. But If you do have the time or want to explore a place that is maybe less popular than Kochi is a great place to go. It really is a beautiful place to visit with so much history as well. So if you are interested and you have time make sure to make a stop in Kochi.
In my previous blog I mentioned 5 of the most popular thing to see and do in Kochi. And here are 5 more things that you can do and see in Kochi.
Kochi has one of the most stunning beaches in Japan. It is located near the Urado Bay entrance and stretches between the Cape Ryuzu all the way to the Cape Ryuo. This beach is a very popular spot to view the moon. It is even in a lot of old fold songs and stories describing how amazing the view of the moon is from the Katsurahama beach. So although it’s just as nice during the day I would definitely recommend going for a stroll on the beach at night as well. The Katsurahama Park is also located right near the beach so you are surrounded by nature. And right near by the beach you can also find a statue of Sakamoto Ryoma who is one of the most famous samurai in Japan as he played a key role in overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate in the 19th century.
There is a shrine that I would recommend visiting in Kochi known as the Otonashi Shrine. It was built over 1,500 years ago. A lacquered portable shrine was dedicated to Otonashi Shrine by Chosokabe Morichika as he prayed that there would be victory in the Battle of Sekigahara. However, in the end he was defeated in the batte and lost the Tosa territory. This shrine is a bit mysterious and unique shrine.
A popular place to visit in Kochi is the indoor market called Hirome Ichiba. It is packed with over 60 different stores selling everything from fresh fish, vegetables, fruits to pastries, liquor and snacks. A lot of shops sell sake, beer, shochu along with delicious food and then you can take your drinks and food to the communal area where there are rows of tables put together where you can eat. You can even get food from a few different areas and share it with your friends and family if you are traveling with them.
Kochi has a beautiful castle that overlooks the towns in the Kochi area. It was built by Yamanouchi Kazutoyo and has been named a National Treasure by the Japanese government. This castle is considered to be very unique as all of the buildings in the castle are still in their original state. A lot of castle in Japan have been retouched to some extent or completely rebuilt after being burnt down but this castle has not been touched since the Meiji period. So visitors can go and explore this very unique castle and feel the history behind it.
By the Katsurahama beach, there is a museum that is dedicated to Sakamoto Ryoma. As I mentioned above he is one of the most important samurai in Japanese history. There is not a single person in Japan who does not know who Sakamoto Ryoma is. There are tons of books on him, movies, and dramas and children learn about him in their history class. So at this museum you can learn about Sakamoto Ryoma and get a glimpse into his life. There are lots of original letters that were written by him and also some of his personal belongings that are displayed. This museum also sits on the very land where the Urado Castle used to stand.
Hopefully these two blogs on Kochi have been able to convince you to visit Kochi or at least sparked an interest in you. There is so much that can be seen and learned in Kochi so again I highly recommend making a stop in Kochi.