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Godaisan is a small mountain to the east of Kochi's downtown. It was named after a Chinese mountain by Buddhist priests visiting from China.

The same visiting priests established Chikurinji Temple on Godaisan, which has since become an important stop on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Number 31 of the 88 temples along the pilgrimage, Chikurinji attracts pilgrims as well as students because of its reputation as a scholastic institution.

Chikurinji's temple grounds feature an interesting array of halls and structures, including a beautiful five-storied pagoda. A treasure hall displays several Buddhist statues and scrolls of importance to the temple, and paid entrance to the hondo (main hall) offers a view of the building's interior and a nicely kept garden.

Not far from Chikurinji is Makino Botanical Garden, named after Dr. Makino Tomitaro, a botanist from Kochi. The spacious garden includes extensive walking paths, outdoor parks, a greenhouse and several large museum halls with excellent information and displays on Dr. Makino and his field of study.

Getting there and around

The My Yu Bus operates between Kochi Station, Godaisan and Katsurahama Beach. The trip from Kochi Station to Godaisan takes 25 minutes and costs 600 yen for a day pass for unlimited rides between Kochi Station and Godaisan or 1000 yen for unlimited rides between Kochi Station and Katsurahama (50% off for foreign tourists). A taxi ride from Kochi Station to the summit takes about 20 minutes and costs around 1500 yen.

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    • Dormy Inn Kochi
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      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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      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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