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Kochi Castle

The Kochi Castle sits at the foot of Kochi City as the landmark and Important Cultural Property of Japan. Built in the 17thcentury, this castle stands as one of the twelve “original castles” of Japan, surviving both war and natural disasters from the Edo period to this day. The castle we see today dates back to 1748 after the original castle for the Yamauchi lords was burnt down due to fire. Special walking sticks are offered at the main gate of the castle, due to its fortified defensive designs posing a slight hike towards the main castle grounds. Visitors can also see the unique rain gutter made of stone inverted into the stone walls, which was a special design for diverting the heavy rainfall of Kochi Prefecture. The castle is now home to many historical treasures and artifacts attracting travelers in search of the samurai culture along with feudal castle enthusiasts all over the world. Exhibits of the history of Kochi with intricate interior designs from the Edo period can also be explored by travelers to Kochi Castle offering a view of downtown Kochi City from serval viewing points at this location.