About SHIKOKU

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About Kochi

Kochi faces the Pacific Ocean, in the south part of Shikoku. Surfers gather in the southeast part of the prefecture around Ikumi Beach in pursuit of fine waves. The atmosphere in Kochi is tropical, and the rate of annual rainfall is high. The warm climate is combined with vinyl greenhouses for year-round vegetables and flowers. Citrus fruits such as ponkan and buntan, large sour-sweet oranges, sweet fruit tomatoes, and local sushi topped with pickled vegetables handmade by farmers are all highly recommended local flavors. The bonito fishing industry is very prosperous and the local people consume the most bonito out of anyone in Japan. Kochi is the only place in Japan where freshly grilled bonito, katsuo no tataki, and other katsuo dishes can be enjoyed with a glass of locally brewed sake. The 196-km long Shimanto River is an excellent place to go kayaking or canoeing. The Ashizuri Peninsula, which faces the Pacific Ocean features many places to go whale watching (sometimes dolphins too!) and Kashiwa Island is an excellent spot to go scuba diving. Ashizuri Peninsula is located in the southwestern-most point of Shikoku and it's not easy to access, but its appeal comes from its unspoiled natural beauty.

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Kochi Castle

Kochi Castle

This designated Important Cultural Property was first built 400 years ago, and the current castle i…

Kochi

Marunouchi 1-2-1, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture

Hirome Market

Hirome Market

This market gathers the best of Kochi street food under one roof! Sample traditional Kochi specialt…

Kochi

Kochi City. Kochi Prefecture

Nichiyoichi (Sunday Market)

Nichiyoichi (Sunday Market)

Visit one of Japan's largest outdoor markets! Approximately 500 stalls line the street, selling a w…

Kochi

Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture

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Okyaku

Okyaku

Whenever there's something to celebrate, people invite guests into their homes for a party called O…

Spring
Kochi

Center of Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture

Yosakoi Festival

Yosakoi Festival

The annual Yosakoi Festival takes place for four days from August 9 to August 12. The festival is h…

Summer
Kochi

Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture

Torokko Train

Torokko Train

A former roofless freight train that was used to carry earth, sand, and minerals has been refurbish…

Summer
Kochi

The Torokko Trains can be used between Uwajima Station (Ehime) and Kubokawa Station (Kochi) on the Shimanto Green Line (Yodo Line) as follows. The Seiryu Shimanto 1: Available between Taisho and Ekawasaki, The Seiryu Shimanto 2: Available between Tookawa and Taisho

Daruma Sunrises and Sunsets

Daruma Sunrises and Sunsets

From fall until spring, when the rising sun and setting sun seen over the Pacific Ocean from the ea…

Miscellaneous Events
Kochi

Sukumo City, Kochi Prefecture

Yatai Open Air Food Stalls

Yatai Open Air Food Stalls

In the city of Kochi, all along the Green Road that stretches north to south from Central Park near…

Miscellaneous Events
Kochi

Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture

Golf

Golf

There are over sixty golf courses located within the four prefectures of Shikoku. With courses in t…

Miscellaneous Events
All four prefectures

Baseball

Baseball

The Shikoku Kyushu Island League is an independent league made up of young athletes working towards…

Miscellaneous Events
All four prefectures

Marathons

Marathons

There are over thirty foot races held every year in the four prefectures of Shikoku. Participants c…

Miscellaneous Events
All four prefectures

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