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The famous landmark of Kochi's downtown is Harimayabashi, a small red bridge on the west side of the main street. While it may not look particularly noteworthy at first glance, Harimayabashi is renowned for its role in a Kochi love story.

A common version of the story centers around a priest from Godaisan and a girl from Kochi. Because the priest's temple forbade relationships, the couple hid their romance by meeting in secret and exchanging clandestine gifts. However, their romance was exposed one day when the priest was caught buying a hair comb for his lover at Harimayabashi. As a result, the couple fled the city to avoid punishment.

In addition to Harimayabashi, downtown Kochi has pedestrian shopping arcades and attractive streets for walking. Shops selling hair combs, like the one mentioned in the famous love story, cluster around harimayabashi and are found throughout the arcades. They also sell naruko, which are noise makers originally used to keep birds away from the rice crops, but are now used in the Yosakoi Festival, Kochi's famous dance festival.

Getting there and around

Harimayabashi is a ten minute walk or four minute tram ride south of Kochi Station.

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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
      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. With a shared bathroom equipped 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. Hossho-ji Temple is 36 km from Dormy Inn Kochi, while Nakatosa Town Art Museum is 46 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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    • Guesthouse LuLuLu 無料朝食 街まで路面電車8分 コンビニ隣
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Kochi City, Guesthouse LuLuLu 無料朝食 街まで路面電車8分 コンビニ隣 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 街まで路面電車8分 コンビニ隣. 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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    • 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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    • Hotel Takasago
      Mid-range
      Set in Kochi, 36 km from Daizen-ji Temple, Hotel Takasago provides accommodation with free bikes and private parking. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a lift, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The ryokan has family rooms and facilities for disabled guests. Every unit features a private bathroom and bidet, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. The ryokan offers certain units with river views, and all units have a kettle. At the ryokan, the units are fitted with bed linen and towels. 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.
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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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    • 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
      Located in Kochi, within 37 km of Daizen-ji Temple and 37 km of Nishihama Park, En Hostel & Bar provides accommodation with 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. 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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