Kochi – 高知 (2/2)

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Hirome Ichiba


A unique food market is located close to Kōchi castle: its name, Hirome, seems to come from Hirome Shigeaki, the Tōsa clan‘s chief retainer who used to live here. This market was established in 1998 and includes more than 60 restaurants and shops. The site is covered by roofs, chairs and tables are gathered along its ways. It is a perfect spot to take a rest while visiting the city.

Hirome Ichiba is very popular among tourists but also among Kōchi’s citizens: its alleys are always crowded, it’s a place where you can mingle with the local people.


Among Hirome Market’s special dishes we recommend Katsuo no tataki, a kind of lightly broiled bonito (a tuna variety): the surface is chilled and roasted, and it is eaten with sauce and condiments. This dish is also known as “Tōsa Zukuri“: by being roasted, the aroma gets similar to the smoked fish’s one, and the decrease of moisture makes the Katsuo tastier. In fact, the flavor comes to be very deep. For something like 750 yen you can taste a thick piece of Katsuo no tataki!

Access: 1 minute walk from Oohashi-dōri tramway stop.


Mount Godai



On mount Godai, in the eastern part of Kōchi, the Chikurin Buddhist temple is located: it is one of the 88 temples of Shikoku. It includes a worthy five-stored pagoda. Close to the temple you can find the Makino Botanical Garden. It is possible to see Makino Tomitarō’s laboratory. The garden includes almost 3000 species of plants, it’s a very interesting site.


Access: reachable by「My yuu bus」fromKōchi Station and Harimaya-bashi.

(bus details here:



Katsura Beach



Katsura Beach is a wonderful sand beach in southern Kōchi. The water is gorgeous but unfortunately the sea current is too strong, therefore entering the water is forbidden. On the other hand the surrounding area is full of beautiful spots.

Close to the beach it is possible to see a statue of Sakamoto Ryōma: he had a major role during Meiji Restoration by mediating between Satsuma and Chōshū feuds.


There is also a small shrine close to the beach: this shrine is located on the top of a hill, so you can enjoy a wide view on the ocean.

Access: reachable by「My Yuu bus」from Kōchi Station and Harimaya-bashi.

(bus details here:





I visited Kōchi in May, reaching it on a cool morning by a night-bus from Ōsaka.

Kōchi Station’s railways are located on the second floor, the Tourist Office is located on the first floor, next to the ticket gate. The station is a modern design building, with a shape resembling the skeleton of a whale.

I first got a map and some tourist advices at the information office, and then I went to the tram stop, in front of the station. I got on a tram heading to Harimaya-bashi and then visited Kōchi castle. From the tram’s window I could see the wide road with the palm trees on the sides.

I reached Kōchi castle in the early morning so there were just a few tourists, therefore I could monopolize the major tower!

After enjoying the castle I visited Hirome Market: it wasn’t midday yet so I could find a stool to seat: of course I had Katsuo no Tataki for lunch! It was very delicious and I was happy with it.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance of visiting Katsura Beach and Mount Godai, so I’ll try to go there the next time for sure. I think you can visit the spots we introduced in this article in a day but, if you have time, we recommend you to spend a couple days in Kōchi.

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