What’s that coming over the hill? It’s Kochi Castle!
Smack in the middle of Kochi’s city centre, surrounded by the neon signs of fast food restaurants and glamorous sky scrapers, Kochi Castle stands proud as an important part of Japanese national history.
10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Kochi
Unlike other castles, Kochi’s main tower (or donjon) was actually used to house its feudal sovereigns when it wasn’t being used for military reasons. Other castles such as the ones in Nagoya and Osaka had separate residential buildings. Perhaps the Yamauchi enjoyed the thrill of knowing you could an arrow in the head while eating dinner…
Or perhaps it was worth it for the great views that the lookout point offers, which you can still take advantage of. History buffs will also enjoy the local treasures and historical objects that are currently housed within the castle itself. Many more wonderful finds will be made available when the new Kochi Castle Museum of History opens in 2017.