The best of Kochi
City Tour, Cultural, Shopping
On this tour, we will visit the most popular sightseeing spots in Kochi.
Katsurahama is a scenic beach 30 minutes south of central Kochi by bus. Because of strong currents, swimming is prohibited at Katsurahama. A famous statue of Kochi's favourite son, Sakamoto Ryoma stands near the beach. Sakamoto was one of the architects of modern Japan. He was instrumental in negotiating an alliance between the Choshu and Satsuma clans, which helped to bring an end to Japan's feudal age in 1868.
Kochi Castle is one of just twelve Japanese castles to have survived the fires, wars and other catastrophes of the post-feudal age. It was first built between 1601 and 1611, but most of its main buildings date back to 1748 when they were reconstructed after a fire. The castle used to be the seat of the Yamauchi lords, who ruled over the surrounding region, then known as Tosa, during the Edo period. The castle buildings have since been designated "important cultural properties", and now house local treasures and historical objects.
Hirome market is in the centre of Kochi, near the castle. Opened in 1998, this very unique market was all about creating a tourist destination to spread knowledge of Kochi's food, friendliness and artistic culture. In fact, Hirome comes from the Japanese verb hiromeru, meaning to propagate. The name was also chosen because Hirome Shigeaki, a popular minister to the lord of Tosa during the Tokugawa period, is said to have lived in the same place.
Before returning to the ship, we will have time to enjoy some shopping at a local shopping centre.
A Japanese set menu lunch is included in this tour.
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English & other European tour guides are subject to availability.