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    Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping

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A compelling excursion exploring Kochi in three irresistible stages that reveal three different sides to the city: a wonderful beach offering breathtaking scenery; an ancient Japanese castle with its typical curved roofs, which still retains its original structure from the 17th century; and a vibrant market where we can succumb to traditional local delicacies and indulge our shopping cravings.

What we will see
  • The spectacular Katsurahama beach
  • Statue of Sakamoto Ryoma, famous patriot and samurai
  • Tour of the imposing Kochi castle
  • Hirome market: culinary delicacies and arts and crafts
  • Free time for shopping in the market

What we will do
  • We will leave the port by coach and head south of the centre of Kochi to visit Katsurahama beach, a long, beautiful cove surrounded by pine trees, where the strong currents make swimming impossible but add to the power of the waves crashing at the water’s edge and the beauty of the surrounding scenery.
  • As we walk along the seafront we can see the statue of Sakamoto Ryoma, the famous Japanese patriot and samurai that led the movement opposing the Tokugawa Shogunate, the last feudal Japanese government.
  • Our next stop is a visit to Kochi castle, the symbol of the city, which bears testament to its long history. Built from the 17th century onwards, it is one of 12 castles in Japan to have preserved its original structure from the Edo period and one of the few to have taken on the role of residence as well as defence.
  • We will stroll through the park and admire the majestic buildings inside it, housing valuable artefacts and historic objects, imagining life in times gone by.
  • Then we will move on to Hirome market, a short distance from the castle. Opened in 1998, it contains around 60 points of sale, stalls, souvenir shops and chemists , which promote Kochi’s culinary specialities and artistic culture.
  • We will have some free time there for some shopping and to taste a few delicacies before we return to the ship.

What you need to know
  • There is limited availability of guides that speak English and other European languages. ?