Katsurahama (桂浜) 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.
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.
Getting there and around
The one way trip by Kochiken Kotsu bus from JR Kochi Station to Katsurahama takes approximately 35 minutes and costs 700 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 about one hour, and a one day pass costs 1000 yen (50% off for foreign tourists).
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Hotels around Kochi
Katsuo Guest HouseLocated 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.View on Booking.com
Dormy Inn KochiFeaturing 3-star accommodation, Dormy Inn Kochi is located in Kochi, 36 km from Daizen-ji Temple and 36 km from Nishihama Park. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The accommodation provides a sauna, hot spring bath, restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Featuring a shared bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at Dormy Inn Kochi also offer a city view. At the accommodation each room has bed linen and towels. Guests at Dormy Inn Kochi can enjoy an ? la carte or an Asian breakfast. Hossho-ji Temple is 36 km from the hotel, while Nakatosa Town Art Museum is 46 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 13 km from Dormy Inn Kochi.View on Booking.com
Comfort Hotel KochiA 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.View on Booking.com
Guesthouse LuLuLu 無料朝食 全室個室Located in Kochi City, Guesthouse LuLuLu 無料朝食 全室個室 features free WiFi throughout the property and rooms with air conditioning in Kochi. Luggage storage is available on site at Guesthouse LuLuLu 無料朝食 全室個室. 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.View on Booking.com
Hotel Best Price KochiFeaturing 3-star accommodation, ホテルベストプライス高知 is located in Kochi, 37 km from Daizen-ji Temple and 37 km from Nishihama Park. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. All rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Every room is equipped with a desk and a TV, and certain rooms at ホテルベストプライス高知 have a balcony. All units will provide guests with a fridge. The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. ホテルベストプライス高知 offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna. The hotel can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area. Hossho-ji Temple is 37 km from ホテルベストプライス高知, while Nakatosa Town Art Museum is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 11 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
Kochi Pacific HotelConveniently 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.View on Booking.com
Nishitetsu Inn Kochi HarimayabashiNishitetsu 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. 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.View on Booking.com
Hotel TakasagoSet 36 km from Daizen-ji Temple, Hotel Takasago offers 3-star accommodation in Kochi and features a restaurant. With free bikes, the 3-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. The units in the ryokan are equipped with a kettle. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV, and certain units at Hotel Takasago have a city view. At the accommodation all rooms come with bed linen and towels. Hotel Takasago offers an ? la carte or continental breakfast. Speaking English and Japanese at the reception, staff are ready to help around the clock. Nishihama Park is 37 km from the ryokan, while Hossho-ji Temple is 37 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 13 km from Hotel Takasago.View on Booking.com
En Hostel & BarLocated 37 km from Daizen-ji Temple, En Hostel & Bar offers 1-star accommodation in Kochi and features a bar. With a shared lounge, 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. Nishihama Park is 37 km from En Hostel & Bar, while Hossho-ji Temple is 37 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 12 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
Kochi HotelLocated in a minute's walk from Kochi Station, Kochi Hotel provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property is set 7 km from Katori Shrine. The property features a 24-hour front desk. All rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Breakfast is available each morning at the property. The nearest airport is Kouchi Airport located 12 km away from property.View on Booking.com