Getting to Kochi

By air
  • 3.5 h
  • ¥7,000 - 42,000

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 41,000 yen, but discount tickets are usually available for between 18,000 and 34,000 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 900 yen.

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By train
  • 6 h
  • ¥21,000
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

Take the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo to Okayama (3.5 hours) and transfer to a JR Nanpu limited express train for Kochi (2.5 hours). The entire one way trip takes around six hours and costs about 21,000 yen. The Japan Rail Pass fully covers the entire trip if Hikari and Sakura trains are used along the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen, but a supplement fee is required on the faster Nozomi and Mizuho trains.

By highway bus
  • 12 h
  • ¥8,900 - 14,500

Several overnight highway buses operate between Tokyo and Kochi. The one way trip takes about 12 hours and costs between 8,900 and 14,500 yen depending on the day of travel. Further discounts can be available for reserving in advance. Online reservations for some of the buses can be made through Willer.

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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 farther away.

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: Enter through the rear door and take a ticket, and 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. IC cards, such as Suica, cannot be used.

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 roughly hourly. The cost is 600 yen for a day of unlimited rides between Kochi Station and Godaisan, and 1000 yen for a day of unlimited rides between Kochi Station and Katsurahama. Foreign tourists qualify for a 50% discount if they present their passport.

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, 900 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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    • Jyoseikan
      Luxury
      Featuring an open-air bath and views of city, Jyoseikan is a ryokan situated in a historic building in Kochi, 34 km from Daizen-ji Temple. Private parking is available on site. The accommodation provides a sauna, free WiFi throughout the property and family rooms. The units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a wardrobe. All units include a safety deposit box. There is a coffee shop, bar and lounge. Nishihama Park is 34 km from the ryokan, while Hossho-ji Temple is 34 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 14 km from Jyoseikan.
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    • Dormy Inn Kochi
      Mid-range
      Located in Kochi, 36 km from Daizen-ji Temple, Dormy Inn Kochi features views of the city. 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 shared bathroom with a bidet. At Dormy Inn Kochi each room has bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Nishihama Park is 36 km from Dormy Inn Kochi, while Hossho-ji Temple is 36 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 13 km from the hotel.
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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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    • Hotel Best Price Kochi
      Mid-range
      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. With 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. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Staff at ホテルベストプライス高知 are always available to provide guidance at the reception. Hossho-ji Temple is 37 km from the hotel, while Nakatosa Town Art Museum is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 11 km from ホテルベストプライス高知.
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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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    • Kochi Hotel
      Mid-range
      Located 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.
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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. 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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    • En Hostel & Bar
      Budget-friendly
      En Hostel & Bar is located in Kochi, 37 km from Daizen-ji Temple and 37 km from Nishihama Park. 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. Hossho-ji Temple is 37 km from En Hostel & Bar, while Nakatosa Town Art Museum is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 12 km from the accommodation.
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    • Kochi Sunrise Hotel
      Luxury
      Situated in Kochi, Kochi Sunrise Hotel has a garden, shared lounge, restaurant, and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is located 36 km from Nishihama Park, 36 km from Hossho-ji Temple and 45 km from Nakatosa Town Art Museum. The property is non-smoking and is set 35 km from Daizen-ji Temple. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. Rooms come complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bath and slippers, while some rooms at the hotel also boast a seating area. At Kochi Sunrise Hotel rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Staff at the accommodation are available to provide advice at the 24-hour front desk. Hijiri Shrine is 48 km from Kochi Sunrise Hotel, while K?chi Station is 1.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport, 13 km from the hotel.
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