The charming Japanese heritage of Kochi prefecture
Let's have a look at the history of the Forest Railway and Yuzu Road, two of Japan's most famous heritage sites. The Chugei area, 30km east of Kochi City, is covered with virgin cedar forests and has long been a prosperous forestry area since 800 AD.
In order to deliver the timber from the Chugei area to the ports of Japan, the Yanase Forest Railway, known as "Rintetsu", was built, symbolizing the prosperity of the area and the rise of the forestry industry. After the decline of the forestry industry in 1960, the Rintetsu was reborn as the Yuzu Road. The towns and villages along the Rintetsu are now the largest producers of Yuzu in Japan, transforming it into one of Kochi's most iconic products.
Imagine the yellow of the Yuzu fields, the blue of the rivers, the green of the mountains, the white of the little flowers. A vibrant area with a tasty food culture like the local Yuzu sushi. On your next trip to Kochi, do not forget to visit this area, located to the east of Tosa, full of historical places.