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Katsurahama Beach
# 2   of 5 most visited
sights in Kochi

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Katsurahama is a scenic beach 30 minutes south of central Kochi by bus. Because of strong currents, swimming is prohibited at Katsurahama. In place of swimming, visitors see the many other attractions located around the area.

A famous statue of Kochi's favorite son, Sakamoto Ryoma stands near the beach. Sakamoto was one of the architects of modern Japan. He was instrumental in negotiating an alliance between the Choshu and Satsuma clans that helped to bring an end to Japan's feudal age in 1868. The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum stands on the hill above the beach.

Statue of Sakamoto Ryoma
Tosa Dog Fighting

Katsurahama is also known for the Tosa Dog Fighting Center, the only of its kind in Japan. Standing next to the bus terminal, the center contains a fighting ring and a museum about the local Tosa dogs, which perform in the fighting. Fights take place on scheduled match days and may also be held if a large enough crowd gathers.

Other minor sites of interest are a small aquarium at the beach and a small shrine on the point of Katsurahama, which is connected to the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum on the hill above by pleasant walking paths. Kochi's specialty dish, katsuo no tataki, is served at the local restaurants.

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How to get there
On April 1, 2014, the consumption tax increased from 5% to 8%, causing widespread changes to transportation fares. This page has not been updated yet, and some of the fees and fares in this section may not be up-to-date.

The one way trip by Kochiken Kotsu bus from JR Kochi Station to Katsurahama takes approximately 35 minutes and costs 670 yen.

Katsurahama Beach can also be reached by the "My Yu Bus", a bus for tourists that runs from Kochi Station via Mount Godaisan to Katsurahama. The one way trip from Kochi Station to Katsurahama takes 70 minutes, and a one day pass costs 1000 yen.

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Hours and Fees
On April 1, 2014, the consumption tax increased from 5% to 8%, causing widespread changes to admission fees. This page has not been updated yet, and some of the fees in this section may not be up-to-date.

Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
Hours:9:00 to 17:00
Closed:No closing days
Admission:500 yen (excluding special exhibitions)

Tosa Dog Fighting Center
Hours:9:00 to 16:00
Closed:No closing days
Admission:500 yen (museum), 1500 yen (fights)

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English Links
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
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Tosa Dog Fight Center
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