Kochi is proud to be the home of one of Japan’s few authentic castles. Many of Japan’s great fortresses were destroyed in WWII, but Kochi’s has survived both war and many natural disasters for centuries. Originally constructed in 1603, it was rebuilt in 1753 after a fire.
The main citadel and its surrounding structures are registered as Important Cultural Assets. The unique layout of the site means that you can view both the main tower and its elegant entrance gate in one panoramic view. This breathtaking sight is often illuminated at night and is an un-missable stop on any trip to Kochi.
The castle is open daily to the public from 9am-5pm (except over the New Year’s holiday period Dec 26-Jan 1)
From Kochi Station, take a tram to Harimaya-bashi (3rd stop) and transfer to the east-west line. Travel west and get off at Kochi-jo Mae (3rd stop). Walk north for 4 mins until you see a large black and white entrance gate. Go through the gate and walk up the steps to the castle.