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Kochi Castle (m, Kōchijō) is one of just twelve Japanese castles to have survived the fires, wars and other catastrophes of the post feudal age. It was first constructed between 1601 and 1611, but most of its main buildings date from 1748 when they were reconstructed after a fire.

The castle used to be the seat of the Yamauchi lords, who ruled over the surrounding region, then known as Tosa, during the Edo Period. The castle buildings have since been designated "important cultural properties", and now house local treasures and historical objects.

A unique feature of Kochi's castle is that its main tower (donjon) was not only used for military purposes, but also as a residence. In most other castles, the lords usually resided in separate palace buildings rather than in the castle keep. The castle's wooden interior maintains the appearance of it Edo Period origins, and the lookout point from the castle tower's top floor offers nice view of downtown.

Getting there and around

Kochi Castle is located a short walk from Kochijo-mae tram stop. The tram ride from Kochi Station takes 15 minutes, costs 200 yen and requires a transfer of trams at Harimayabashi. The castle can also be reached in a 20 minute walk from JR Kochi Station or a 10 minute walk from the downtown area around Harimayabashi.

How to get to and around Kochi

Hours and Fees

Hours

9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)

Closed

December 26 to January 1

Admission

420 yen

Typical Visit Duration

60-90 minutes

Hotels around Kochi

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    • Katsuo Guest House
      Budget-friendly
      Located a 12-minute walk or a 3-minute bus ride from JR Kochi Station north exit, Katsuo Guest House offers Japanese-style dormitory rooms with air conditioning. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site upon prior reservation. There is a shared kitchen equipped with a microwave, fridge, electric kettle and kitchenware. The guesthouse offers complementary coffee and tea. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided in the shared bathroom. Dormitory rooms feature tatami (woven straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. Free luggage storage service is available upon reservation. Kochi Ryoma Airport is 12 km away, while JR Kochi Station north exit is 1 km from the property.
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    • Tomarigi Hostel Cafe Bar
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Kochi, Tomarigi Hostel Cafe Bar has a bar, shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can have a drink at the snack bar. The rooms in the hostel are fitted with a kettle. At Tomarigi Hostel Cafe Bar rooms have air conditioning and a shared bathroom. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 12 km from the accommodation.
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    • Comfort Hotel Kochi
      Mid-range
      A 3-minute walk from Kochi Station, Comfort Hotel Kochi welcomes guests with a cup of coffee, and treats them to a free breakfast buffet featuring freshly baked bread rolls. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with VOD channels, a fridge an electric kettle with green tea bags. Slippers are provided, while the attached bathroom offers a hairdryer and toothbrush sets. Guests can use the coin-launderette on site and purchase drinks at vending machines. Photocopying services and luggage storage is available as well. A complimentary breakfast features eggs, salad and fresh fruits. Meals are served at the dining room. Comfort Hotel Kochi is a 15-minute train ride from Kochi Castle, while views from Harimaya Bridge can be enjoyed a 13-minute walk away.
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    • Jyoseikan
      Luxury
      Located in Kochi, Jyoseikan features free bikes, bar, shared lounge, and free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and luggage storage for guests. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. Guests at the ryokan can enjoy an Asian breakfast. At Jyoseikan guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Ochi is 26 km from the accommodation, while Shikokuchuo is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 14 km from Jyoseikan.
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    • Dormy Inn Kochi
      Mid-range
      Dormy Inn Kochi is located in Kochi. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star Japanese-style business hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The Japanese-style business hotel provides a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. At the japanese-style business hotel, the rooms have a wardrobe. At Dormy Inn Kochi each room has a desk, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a ? la carte or Asian breakfast. At Dormy Inn Kochi guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Ochi is 27 km from the japanese-style business hotel, while Shikokuchuo is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 13 km from Dormy Inn Kochi.
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    • Nishitetsu Inn Kochi Harimayabashi
      Mid-range
      Nishitetsu Inn Kochi Harimayabashi features Western rooms and free WiFi, a 10-minute walk from JR Kochi Train Station. Guests can request relaxing massages for an extra cost. The property is also only a 15-minute walk from Kochi Castle. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. Each comes with an en suite bathroom, a hairdryer and an air purifier and humidifier. Guests can borrow ironing facilities and a trouser press at the front desk. A coin-launderette and drink vending machines are on site. A mobile phone charger can be borrowed at the 24-hour front desk and luggage storage is available. A convenience store is located on the ground floor. Japanese and Western dishes are served for breakfast at the dining room. Harimayabashi Kochi Nishitetsu Inn is a 10-minute walk from Hirome Market and a 1-minute walk from Harimaya Bridge Tram Station. Kochi Airport is a 30-minute drive away.
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    • Guesthouse LuLuLu H SŽ
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Kochi City, Guesthouse LuLuLu H SŽ features free WiFi throughout the property and rooms with air conditioning in Kochi. Luggage storage is available on site at Guesthouse LuLuLu H SŽ. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. The guest house staff can assist guests with local information and tourist destinations. Bathroom facilities including the washbasin and toilet are shared. The property owner runs a cafe on the ground floor where guests can enjoy breakfast or lunch. Kochi Ryoma Airport is 15 km from the property.
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    • En Hostel & Bar
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Kochi, En Hostel & Bar offers a shared lounge. Featuring a bar, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking is available on site. At the hostel, every room is equipped with a desk. All units will provide guests with a fridge. Ochi is 28 km from En Hostel & Bar, while Shikokuchuo is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 12 km from the accommodation.
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    • Kochi Pacific Hotel
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from JR Kochi Station, Kochi Pacific Hotel offers free WiFi in all guest rooms, massage services and in-house dining options. Private on-site parking is available at a daily fee. All rooms at Kochi Pacific Hotel are air-conditioned. Each room is fitted with a working desk, fridge and electric kettle. Selected rooms also come with a seating area. Private bathroom includes both a bath and a shower. Slippers and free toiletries are provided for all guests. Luggage storage and bicycle rental are available at the 24-hour front desk. Guests can request dry cleaning and ironing services here at an extra charge as well. There are on-site drinks vending machines. Saisyuntou, the on-site restaurant on the first floor, serves Western and Japanese breakfast between 06:45 and 09:30. Snacks and soft beverages are available at Caf? Bloom on the ground floor from 08:00 until 20:00. From the hotel, guests can walk 25 minutes or drive 10 minutes to Kochi Castle. Katsurahama Beach is a 25-minute drive from the hotel. Kochi Ferry Terminal is a 12-minute drive and Ryouma Airport is a 30-minute drive away.
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    • Bright Park Hotel
      Mid-range
      Bright Park Hotel features accommodation in Kochi. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All rooms at Bright Park Hotel have air conditioning and a wardrobe. Ochi is 27 km from the accommodation, while Shikokuchuo is 47 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 12 km from Bright Park Hotel.
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