Kochi Prefecture occupies most of the southern half of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. It can be reached from Honshu only by road and rail through the other prefectures of Shikoku. There’s also a ferry link to Kyushu from Sukumo. The prefectural capital of Kochi is Kochi City.
As part of the Ohenro Shikoku Pilgrimage, Kochi is the second prefecture that pilgrims visit. Each of the prefectures has been assigned a symbolic phase — Kochi represents the idea of Austerity and Discipline, perhaps reflecting the toughness of the uninterrupted coastal walking.
Facing the Pacific Ocean, Kochi is a great place to enjoy unspoilt beaches, surfing, fishing, sea kayaking and whale watching. The local specialty, katsuo no tataki, is made by taking a side of bonito tuna, lightly searing it over burning rice stalks, and serving it sliced thickly with garlic, onion, sea salt and sudachi juice.
Muroto, at the southeastern tip of Shikoku, is a Geopark where you can learn about the dramatic geological convulsions that shaped Japan through observation of the spectacular and beautiful rock formations.
For the three days and nights of the Yosakoi festival in Kochi, the streets of the main cities are filled by thousands of dancers in colorful costumes who dance behind trucks carrying live musicians.
The people of Kochi are particularly proud of Sakamoto Ryoma, a westernized samurai who played a leading role in the Meiji Restoration that brought Japan into the modern age. Kochi is also the prefecture with the highest level of alcohol consumption in Japan. One of the notable Kochi beverages is doboroku, a moonshine-like precursor to sake, with lumps of rice still in it.
We offer a number of Recommended Tours to Kochi:
- Our All Shikoku 8 Days tour takes you to Sukumo and Kashiwa Island, Cape Ashizuri, the Shimanto River, and Kochi city.
- We have two Shikoku Pilgrimage tours that visit Kochi, the Best of Shikoku Pilgrimage 8 Days tour and Shikoku Pilgrimage by Taxi 12 Days tour.
- Our Castles of Shikoku 7 Days tour naturally visits Kochi Castle, Japan's best preserved castle.
- The Ehime and Kochi 7 Days tour makes an ideal basis for a visit to Kochi Prefecture.
We can also make you a custom tour of Kochi that will take you to places and give you experiences that we can't cover in a simple article.