Hitsuzan Park: One of Kochi’s Hidden Gems with a Stunning View

Many people venture to Godaison (五台山) to enjoy a scenic view of Kochi, but there are other beautiful ‘night views’ (yakei) hidden amongst Kochi’s green hills. Hitsuzan Park (筆山公園), not far from Kochi’s downtown, is one such place. Hitsuzan park photo-ac.com To the casual passer-by, Hitsuzan looks like little more than a small hill curled…

Venture off the Beaten Path to Tosayama and Explore the Beauty of Rural Japan

Tosayama rests in the gentle hills just outside of Kochi City in Shikoku. With a population of less than a thousand and a centre town that boasts only a post office, general store, and government office, it is a quiet town that hasn’t yet caught the eye of eager tourists. It is, however, a beautiful…

5 Must-Try Specialty Dishes When Visiting Kochi

Kochi is not only famous for its autumn festivals and scenery, but also for its delicious mouth-watering food. The unique food tradition here attracts many visitors. Kochi is famous for its ‘Sawachi cuisine’ which is a culinary tradition that dates hundreds of years back. Let’s have a look at this tradition as well as the…

Kochi: A Land of Eco-Friendly Agriculture and Deliciously Fresh Produce

The constant variation in weather, both day and night, is one of the factors that contribute to Kochi being one of Japan’s top agricultural producers. Excluding rice farming, Kochi’s land productivity is number one in Japan with estimates stating that it produces 6.5 million yen/ha in comparison to Japan’s average of 2.5 million yen/ha (according…

Discover Beautiful Historical Sites in Kochi City, Southern Japan

There are some places in Japan which boast casual atmosphere and a dose of southern flair. One popular place for this is Kochi City, the capital of Kochi Prefecture. It has several attractions of interest for travelers. The city is proud of its original hilltop castle from the feudal period (Kochi Castle) and a mountain…

What is This Unusual ”Mizukiri” Competition in Kochi Prefecture?

Did you know that there was an international competition for skipping stones, held in Kochi prefecture in Japan every year? Every summer since 2003, the Mizukiri International Competition has been held at Niyodo River in Kochi prefecture. What is Mizukiri? Mizukiri is the Japanese word for ‘stone skipping’. Stone skipping is a sport in which…

The Beauty of Shikoku Island and a Life-Changing Pilgrimage

Just before starting this topic you should keep in mind that very few people are actually capable of doing it completely. However, for those who aren’t able of extreme hiking, don’t worry there trains and bicycles to help you and even if you just see a part of the Shikoku Island, you’ll be truly amazed!…