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Getting to Kochi

By air
  • 3.5 h
  • ¥ 6,500 - 35,000

JAL, ANA and Jetstar Japan operate multiple flights per day between Tokyo (JAL and ANA use Haneda Airport and Jetstar uses Narita Airport) and Kochi Ryoma Airport. Flight duration is 90 minutes. The regular one way fare by JAL and ANA is around 35,000 yen, but discount tickets are usually available for between 13,000 and 27,000 yen. One way fares by Jetstar Japan start from around 5,500 yen. Kochi Ryoma Airport is connected with central Kochi (JR Kochi Station) by airport bus. The one way trip takes about 40 minutes and costs 740 yen.

By highway bus
  • 11.5 h
  • ¥ 14,500

Several overnight highway buses operate between Tokyo and Kochi. The one way trip takes about 11.5 hours and costs 14,500 yen. This route is also served by discount buses companies that offer lower fares. Online reservations can be made through Japan Bus Online.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

Even though Kochi is a small city, its sights are spread over a wide area. Kochi Station lies at the north end of town. While Kochi Castle and the downtown area around Harimayabashi are within walking distance of the station, Mount Godaisan (4 kilometers southeast of Kochi Station) and Katsurahama Beach (8 kilometers south of Kochi Station) are not centrally located.

Kochi is served by two tram lines, operated by Tosaden, the local railway company. One line runs north-south (Sanbashi Line) and the other runs east-west (Ino Line). They meet each other at Harimayabashi in the city center. The fare is a flat 200 yen per ride in the city center.

Trams are used in a similar way as local buses: You enter through the rear door and take a ticket, and you leave through the front door after depositing the fare into the box next to the driver. Passengers transferring between the two lines need to ask the driver for a transfer ticket ("norikae-ken") when exiting the first tram.

Tosaden also operates buses that provide access to Katsurahama Beach. Furthermore, there is the My Yu Bus, a bus line for tourists, which connects central Kochi with Godaisan and Katsurahama every 1-2 hours. The cost is 600 yen for a day of unlimited rides between Kochi Station and Godaisan, 1000 yen for a day of unlimited rides between Kochi Station and Katsurahama and 1600 yen for a 2-day pass. Foreign tourists qualify for a 50% discount if they purchase these passes at Kochi Station (passport required).

Kochi Ryoma Airport, named after local hero Sakamoto Ryoma, is located to the east of the city. It is connected to Kochi Station via an airport bus (40 minutes, 740 yen one way).

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 equipped with a kettle. With a shared bathroom fitted with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at Tomarigi Hostel Cafe Bar also boast a city view. At the accommodation, rooms have air conditioning and a safety deposit box. Ochi is 28 km from Tomarigi Hostel Cafe Bar, while Shikokuchuo is 47 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 16 km from the hostel.
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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
      Jyoseikan is located in Kochi and features a bar and a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a wardrobe. Guest rooms include a safety deposit box. Guests at the ryokan can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Jyoseikan offers a sauna. Ochi is 26 km from the accommodation, while Shikokuchuo is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 18 km from Jyoseikan.
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    • Dormy Inn Kochi
      Mid-range
      Dormy Inn Kochi is located in Kochi. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can use the hot spring bath and the sauna, or enjoy city views. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Guest rooms include a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. ? la carte and Asian breakfast options are available daily at Dormy Inn Kochi. Ochi is 27 km from the accommodation, while Shikokuchuo is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 17 km from Dormy Inn Kochi.
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • En Hostel & Bar
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Kochi, En Hostel & Bar offers a shared lounge. With 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 include a safety deposit box. Ochi is 28 km from En Hostel & Bar, while Shikokuchuo is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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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, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. 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, 17 km from Bright Park Hotel.
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