Kochi city consists of over 40% of the overall prefectural population on Shikoku Island. The Kochi Castle sits at the foot of the prefectural capital of Kochi Prefecture 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 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. The Chikurinji Temple located on Mount Godaisan is well known for its place in the Shikoku Pilgrimage ranking in at temple 31. The religious trail extends to Kochi Prefecture spanning over 1,200 kilometers consisting of 88 temples with the association with Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism in Japan. Visitors can see pilgrims dressed in white, traveling along the sacred path during spring time, a common occurrence embraced by the Kochi locals, but a unique sight anywhere else. Learn more about the hometown of the famous Sakamoto Ryoma at the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, special exhibits featuring daily object used by the last samurai himself including a Smith & Wesson pistol and many letters written by Ryoma. Travelers can relax at the beach resorts of Katsura-hama filled with water activities. Be sure to try out the signature dish of Kochi, the Katsuo no Tataki, which is a slightly grilled Bonito mixed with onions, garlic, green onions, and ginger during your visit to Kochi Prefecture, Japan.
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An Important Cultural Property which stands as one of the twelve “original castles” of Japan located in Kochi Prefecture, Japan.