Aki City and Kochi Castle
USD130 per person
Board your coach for a scenic drive through the Japanese countryside as you head to the city of Aki.
Start your city visit at the symbol of the Nora Clock that ticked for more than 120 years. Genma Hatanaka, acquired the skills to assemble clocks and created the Nora clock tower, using his handmade parts such as gears and weights, around 1887 when few houses had clocks.
Take a guided walking tour through the ‘Doikachu’ townscape, where old samurai residences are surrounded by hedges of bamboos and oaks in unspoiled streets. They remain in their original shapes and create an atmosphere of the feudal period centuries ago.
A delicious Japanese-style luncheon will be served at a local restaurant or hotel back in Kochi before a visit to Kochi Castle. See the impressive ‘donjon’ (main tower), the splendid ‘Otemon Gate’ and the ‘honmaru’ (ring of defence), which remain as originally constructed. You’ll also pass the beautifully restored Tsumemon Gate that connects the second citadel of the castle to its inner sanctum.
Katsurahama Beach is one of the most popular spots in Kochi and is ranked in the top 100 beaches in Japan. Enjoy some free time to explore the crescent-shaped beach, framed by rocky capes and Japanese pines.