Chosokabe Motochika (1539-1599) was a feudal warlord who gained control of most of Shikoku during the “Sengoku” or Warring States period (from late 15th to late 16th centuries). Various events are held for his fans and history buffs for two days in mid-May every year, such as a gun-wearing troop demonstration and a samurai procession. The Kochi Prefectural Museum of History, a venue for the annual events, stands on the Okoyama hill where Motochika’s castle was located. A life-size statue of the warlord stands in front of the museum, serving as a photo spot. There is also the famous Wakamiya Hachimangu, a Shinto shrine where Motochika prayed before departing for battlefronts. At a nearby park, there is a statue marking his first departure for a battlefield. The dynamic form of the statue is popular as its left arm sticks out powerfully toward the ground on which an image of Shikoku, which he was about to gain control of, is drawn.
*Young Chosokabe Motochika Statue (path to Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine)
Address:6600 Nagahama, Kochi City Access: ●5 minutes walk from Nankai Chugakko Dori bus stop on the No. S3 bus bound for Katsurahama from Minami-Harimaya-Bashi bus stop. ●About 50 minutes by car from Kochi Exit on the Kochi Expressway.
*Site of Oko Castle
Address:1099-1 Yahata, Oko-cho, Nankoku City Access: ●About 10 minutes by car from Nankoku Exit on the Kochi expressway. ●Take a train from Kochi Station on the Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen-Nahari Line to Tano Station. The Site of Oko Castle is about a 7-minute walk from the station.
Address:Tenpojiyama, Nagahama, Kochi City Access: ●5 minutes walk from Motochika-Ko Shiseki-mae bus stop on the No. S3 bus to Katsurahama from Minami-Harimaya-Bashi bus stop.
*Site of Urado Castle
Address:830 Urado-Shiroyama, Kochi City Access: ●5 minutes walk from Ryoma Kinenkan-mae bus stop on the No. S3 bus bound for Katsurahama from Minami-Harimaya-Bashi bus stop. ●30 minutes by car from Kochi Exit on the Kochi Expressway.