KOCHI

KOCHI

Kochi Prefecture (高知県) is located on the small island of Shikoku (四国). It is formerly known as Tosa (土佐), and is popular for Kochi Castle (高知城), which is one of the 12 remaining castles in Japan. Kochi's major food item is katsuo no tataki (鰹のたたき), a slightly broiled sliced...

When I first moved to Kochi City in Shikoku, I thought it would be difficult to find good cafes. As someone who had spent a good portion of the past six years writing essays in coffee shops, this seemed like it would be at least a minor obstacle in...

All cultures have rituals and festivals intended to ward off bad luck or purify the participants of any bad mojo they might be carrying around. At the end of June each year, the Tosa Shrine in Kochi City (Shikoku island) holds its annual Wanukesama Festival for exactly these purposes....

Summer is a great time to visit Kochi Prefecture. With plenty of outdoor activities (e.g. hiking, swimming, rafting), festivals that feature spectacular fireworks, delicious food, and local culture nearly every weekend – including the famous Yosakoi Dance Festival in August – along with the beautiful scenery, it's easy to...

Those who have been lucky enough to travel to Japan may already be familiar with the countless covered shopping arcades that are spread throughout the country. Teramachi and Shinkogyoku are two large shopping arcades in Kyoto and there are several in central Tokyo as well. However, Shikoku's Kochi City...

Kochi City is surrounded by flowing hills. On sunny days, they almost glow in all shades of green, and on rainy days, when low clouds nestle around their crests and valleys, it's easy to believe there's something magical hidden in amongst the trees. One weekend, some friends and I...

Every May the town of Nakatosa holds a Katsuo Festival at Furusato Beach. Katsuo is the Japanese name for the bonito fish that is used in Kochi's famous dish 'katsuo no tataki' - sashimi that has been grilled on the outside and is eaten with ponzu sauce, salt, or...

Kitakubo isn't somewhere that travelers to Kochi usually think of visiting. It isn't close to other tourist attractions like Obiyamachi or Kochi Castle, but as it is only about ten minutes from Kochi Station it is still easily accessible. There are actually quite a few shops, restaurants, and cafes...

Every year when the cold winter becomes spring, a small village on Japanese island Shikoku that goes by the name of Tosayama holds a Plum Festival. At this plum festival, the sight of a vast amount of plum blossoms can be enjoyed by the public, and locals will sell...

In the rustic country town of Ino, just west of Kochi on Shikoku island, lies a hotel and onsen overlooking the Shimanto River, the QRAUD Tosawashi Kougeimura Hotel. This quaint hotel is owned and run by a local family that lives in the area. Here you can experience paper...

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