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Helpful information about Kochi

Transit and transportation
Kochi Prefecture is located in the southern part of Shikoku. There are seven areas in Kochi Prefecture, including the central Kochi City area, the beautiful Shimanto-Ashizuri area, and the Monobe River area that hosts Kochi Airport. Kochi boasts the largest area in Shikoku, stretching from east to west. A day trip is best enjoyed by selecting a specific area and exploring by car. Kochi is a car-oriented prefecture, so renting a car is the most practical way to visit sightseeing attractions.
About the airport
The airport for Kochi Prefecture is Kochi Airport, affectionately known as Kochi Ryoma Airport. Although there are no international flights, the airport offers service to Tokyo, Chiba, Aichi, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka. With no train stations near Kochi Airport, the best way to get to the city from the airport is by renting a car.
Sightseeing and activities
Kochi Prefecture attracts many visitors with its view of the Pacific Ocean and stunning natural beauty. The Shimanto River, known as “the last clear stream in Japan”, is a popular destination. There are many enjoyable activities here, such as scenic drives along the river and river rafting. The drive from the airport to the Shimanto River area takes around an hour and 40 minutes. The Kochi City area is home to numerous historical attractions, including Kochi Castle and Harimaya Bridge. It is a mere 30-minute journey from the airport, so it is easily accessible. A further 25-minute drive from the city center will take you to Katsurahama Beach, another great spot featuring the statue of Ryoma Sakamoto, a prominent samurai from the late Edo period.
Local events
The Yosakoi Festival is the most famous festival in Kochi Prefecture. From time-honored traditional dances to the lively samba and rock, the festival allows you to experience the thrill of dancing in a carefree and energetic atmosphere. There will be traffic restrictions and congestion on the roads during the festival, so consider securing a parking space early or booking one in advance.