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Kochi city

KochiKochi city map Kochi is the prefectural capital in Kochi Prefecture, and is located roughly in center of the prefecture.
This city has a population of about 340 thousand people, but they make up about 45 percent of the total population of the prefecture.

In the early 17th century, Kochi Castle was built here.
And the castle town was constructed, then it has developed.

In the downtown, fairs has been opened nearly every day since the late 17th century.
Even now, they are opened every day except Monday. In addition, the fair is opened from early morning to evening.

The district opening the fair changes depending on the day of the week.
Particularly, Sunday Fair opened around Kochi Castle is popular.

Yosakoi Festival in August is well-known in Japan.

We can use tram and route bus to tour around the city.
And it is convenient to use the sightseeing route bus "MY-yuu-Bus" stopping main tour spots.

Harimaya-bashi bridge /1/

Harimayabashi Harimayabashi is a small bridge in the center of Kochi city, and is located about 1 km south of JR Kochi station.
Originally, it was built to cross a moat to visit rich merchant "Harimaya" in the 17th century.
But the moat had been landfilled to improve environmental conditions around the district in the 1960s.
The original bridge had been buried in the modern buildings.

This bridge was a stage of a tragic love in the early 19th century.

A young priest in Chikurinji temple had fallen in love with a merchan's daughter.
He bought a kanzashi (Japanese hair ornament) in a shop by this bridge, and presented it to her.
The rumor of the taboo love had been woven into a folk song, then their secret came to light.
They ran off together. But they were caught and were exiled separately.

The folk song is "Yosakoi-bushi", and Yosakoi Festival uses this song as the music for dance.
Therefore, Harimaya-bashi has been the symbol of Kochi city.

From Kochi station, about 3 minutes by tram, about 15 minutes on foot.

Kochi Castle /2/

Kochi Castle It is a castle located about 1.2 km west of Harimaya-bashi.
It was built in 1603 by Kazutoyo Yamanouchi (1545-1605), the first lord in Tosa Clan.
It was destroyed by fire in 1727, then was completed the reconstruction in 1753.
The castle tower, some buildings and gates remain.

From Harimaya-bashi, about 5 minutes by tram, about 20 minutes on foot.

Mount Godai /3/

Mount Godai It is a small mountain 146 meters high, and is located about 5 km southeast of Kochi station.
In Japanese, it is called "Godaisan", and its kanji characters are the same as "Mount Wutai" which is a sacred mountain in China.
In 724, Emperor Shomu dreamed that he worshiped Buddha in Mount Wutai.
Then he ordered high priest Gyoki to find a mountain similar to Mount Wutai.
Gyoki found this mountain.
There is an observatory park on the top.

Chikurinji temple /4/

Chikurinji It is a Buddhist temple of Shingon Buddhism on the mountainside of Mount Godai.
High priest Gyoki found Mount Godai as a sacred mountain. And he founded this temple on the mountain.
It is said that high priest Kuukai (774-835) stayed to do ascetic training in the 800s. So this temple is designated as the 31th temple of "88 temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage".
Current temples were rebuilt around the 17th century.
And the five-story pagoda was rebuilt in 1980.
The temple has a Japanese garden, and it was constructed in 1318.

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How to get to here

By railroad

By limited express "Nanpuu", about 2 hours and 25-40 minutes from Okayama.
By limited express "Shimanto", about 2 hour and 15-25 minutes from Takamatsu.

By airplane

From Kochi Airport, about 30-35 minutes by route bus.

Harimaya-bashi Sunday Fair
By Kochi Visitors and Convention Association
Kochi Castle
Outemon gate of Kochi Castle
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Mount Godai A view from Mount Godai
Main gate of Chikurinji Chikurinji
©Yasufumi Nishi / ©JNTO
Yosakoi Festival in August
Photo by Kochi Visitors and Convention Association

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