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Constructed in the 1600s, this castle was originally named Otakasaka after the hill on which it resides. Built to defend the city below, the structure was partially damaged by a fire in the early 1700s but never faced a formal attack.
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  • ROCruiser
    Claremont, California4,655 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hike up
    This has to be the must-go place when visiting Kochi. From the cruise pier, we took taxis to the castle for cheaper than the $20 pp shuttles since we had 6 in our group. The taxis dropped us off right outside the entrance and we walked in for free. There's a lot of walking/hiking up to the top but it's beautiful and worth your steps. We took our time walking around before getting back down.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Darren L
    Queenstown, Maryland848 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Views and Educational
    Well worth the effort to climb up the hill (many steps or long ramp) and even more stairs in the castle itself. Amazing views from top as well as interesting exhibits along the way. You cannot wear shoes in the castle and the stairs are extremely steep. If you aren’t comfortable with that type of climbing, perhaps enjoy view from base. Coming down castle steps it’s actually easier to go backwards, like ships ladder.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2024
  • Stu2247
    Solihull, United Kingdom358 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No shoes allowed in castle.
    A beautiful castle, originally built in the 1600's. There are plenty of steps up to and inside the castle. Be aware that no shoes are allowed to be worn inside the castle and the staircases inside are extremely steep with high steps! Worth the climb to the top for the amazing views across the city.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2024
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Stu2247
Solihull, UK358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A beautiful castle, originally built in the 1600's. There are plenty of steps up to and inside the castle. Be aware that no shoes are allowed to be worn inside the castle and the staircases inside are extremely steep with high steps! Worth the climb to the top for the amazing views across the city.
Written 4 April 2024
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Viabologna
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful...We took a cab from the cruiseterminal.. (no need for a shuttlebus, taxi was only 4000 yen). Then walked around the pritty castle...And after we went to the shoppinstreet closeby where we had some food at an inside foodcourt (very Japanese and very nice...) then on to buy lots of stuff..
Written 3 April 2024
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Darren L
Queenstown, MD848 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Well worth the effort to climb up the hill (many steps or long ramp) and even more stairs in the castle itself. Amazing views from top as well as interesting exhibits along the way.

You cannot wear shoes in the castle and the stairs are extremely steep. If you aren’t comfortable with that type of climbing, perhaps enjoy view from base. Coming down castle steps it’s actually easier to go backwards, like ships ladder.
Written 15 March 2024
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Kochi Castle is one of Japan's original castles and well worth a visit. There's a small exhibition inside, the displays are in Japanese and English. Walk around the castle park as well, there are some statues and more displays.
Written 29 November 2023
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,655 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
This has to be the must-go place when visiting Kochi. From the cruise pier, we took taxis to the castle for cheaper than the $20 pp shuttles since we had 6 in our group. The taxis dropped us off right outside the entrance and we walked in for free. There's a lot of walking/hiking up to the top but it's beautiful and worth your steps. We took our time walking around before getting back down.
Written 24 September 2023
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,917 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
I came to Kochi mainly to see the Kochi Castle as it is one of Japan's original castles. There is paid parking at the base of the castle. Once you walk through the gate, the walk to the castle is not far, there are a few stairs to climb. You don't have to pay to visit the grounds, only to visit the inside, which is fairly cheap and worth it. I liked this castle because it had a few rooms that were decorated and set up unlike some others where it is just bare inside. You can walk up to the top of the keep and view the city of Kochi. After the museum, I recommend walking the grounds for a bit. Kochi is kind of out there, not the easiest place to get to in Japan. I made a goal to see all the original castles, so it is a nice way to get to some of these farther away cities.
Written 1 December 2020
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Alanthebairn
Falkirk, UK876 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Many of the castles of Japan have actually been rebuilt but Kochi is an original and well worth a visit.

The internal stair case is extremely steep and as you aren't allowed to wear shoes a decent in socks can be rather interesting.

Lovely walk from the city to the castle complex.

Well worth a visit but maybe not for the less able.
Written 9 February 2020
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treesrgreenie
Adelaide, Australia180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Climb uneven stone steps to reach the top where the castle is. Prepare to take off your shoes before entry. Plastic bags provided to carry with you. Very steep wooden stairs inside but worth the climb to the top. The views are lovely. Quite steep again walking down but the castle is really old and a great insight to how it was back in its time. Watch your head. The beams are quite low so we heard a few bangs of the head from time to time.
Written 26 January 2020
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CancunVoyager
Miami Fla.536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
As in the movies, this was the opportunity to meet a samurai castle and not be disappointed. Although there are few original interiors left, the experience is great. First you will climb many stairs to reach the mountain where the castle stands, from there you will still climb to the last floor through very difficult, tall and small steps where many tourists get stuck on the road, but you will finally get to appreciate majestic views of the surroundings .
You will go back to the samurai era
Written 31 December 2019
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Fuzzybeanerizer
Hancock, MI49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Some of the castles in Japan are reproductions -- Osaka Castle comes to mind -- but I understand that Kochi Castle is an authentic old building. Of course it is not super huge, but is still a wonderful place to explore. You get some nice views of the city from up on top. Kochi Castle is certainly one of the very top attractions in the Kochi City area, and something not to be missed.

We went there on a very hot day in August, and they were handing out frozen washcloths so people could cool themselves. I never saw that before, but it sure felt good.

My six year old daughter had a lot of fun feeding bread crumbs to the birds and the fish and turtles that can be found in the moat or whatever that runs along the street near the castle grounds.

I think there is a gift shop, but it is in the new castle museum which is across the street from the castle grounds. I believe we had combined tickets for the castle and museum.
Written 30 December 2019
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