Chikurin-ji Temple & Hirome Market
USD90 per person
The Chikurin-ji Temple is a Shingon temple that is said to have been founded in the early 8th century and forms part of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage, Japan’s most famous pilgrimage route. The temple grounds feature an interesting array of halls and structures, including a beautiful pagoda. A treasure hall displays several Buddhist statues and scrolls of importance to the temple, and the hondo (main hall) offers a view of the building's interior and a nicely kept garden.
Next, visit Kochi Castle that was built following the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. 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 and have an opportunity to stroll the castle grounds, now a popular public park, dotted with magnificent statues of the Yamanouchi family.
Then, you’ll walk to Hirome Ichiba Market, where your guide will introduce you to this indoor market with a Latin atmosphere. Enjoy some free time to purchase luncheon and sample local foods and delicacies from over 60 shops and eateries.
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.