Kochi Castle

高知城(Kochi Jyo)
An original Japanese castle complete with cherry blossoms and illuminations
Constructed at the beginning of the 17th century, Kochi Castle is the only castle in Japan where the original tenshu and honmaru (castle tower and main keep) are still standing. 15 of the structures in the castle grounds have been designated as Important National Cultural Properties.
Adorning the tops of the castle roof are legendary animals called "shachi" that resemble fish with the head of a dragon. Being creatures of the sea, these shachi were seen as guardians protecting the castle from fire. Learn all about Kochi Castle and its history at the Kochi Castle Museum of History, located right across the street from the castle itself.
Another great feature of Kochi Castle is that you can capture a photo of the Otemon main gate and the Tenshu castle tower in one shot - a rarity in Japan. During cherry blossom season, the contrast between the white walls of the castle against the pink of the cherry blossoms is an incredibly beautiful sight. At night, the grounds are carefully illuminated meaning that you can enjoy castle views any time.
While there's a lot to see, the castle grounds are quite compact so you can still check it out even if you're pressed for time. A symbol of the prefecture, the castle is close to Kochi Station making it a must-see sight for those visiting the city.
Address 高知県高知市丸ノ内一丁目2番1号
Telephone Number 088-824-5701
Kochi Castle Administration Office: Kaitokukan
Open9:00-17:00 (no entry permitted after 16:30)
ClosedDecember 26 to January 1st
Price420 yen for an adult (free for a visitor aged less than 18)
DirectionsTake the tram bound for Harimaya-bashi from Kochi Eki-mae tram stop for approx. 5mins and alight at Harimaya-bashi.
Make sure to get a transfer ticket from the tram driver.
From Harimaya-bashi, take the tram bound for either Kagamigawa-bashi, Asakura or Ino for about 5mins. Alight at Kochijo-mae and walk for 3 mins.
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Map Code73 184 782*17

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