Discover Kochi

Rich in local culture, Kochi City invites you to explore its historic sites and flavors. Visit the medieval Kochi-jo Castle, built in the 1600s by feudal lords, and immerse yourself in its captivating history. Afterward, sample the city's renowned cuisine at one of its many bustling food markets.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Kochi

The easiest way around Kochi is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary. Luckily, Kochi offers regular busses, a tram system and a special tourist bus to easily get around. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 


Travelers can also opt to buy the following pass to get around: 

  • MY-YU Tourist Bus

    • Coverage: travel to most touristic attractions within Kochi city and unlimited travel on the tram network

    • Duration: 1 day / 2 days

    • Price: 1000 Yen / 1600 Yen

    • Where to buy: Kochi station

Getting to Kochi

Public transportation:

To get from Osaka to Kochi by public transportation, travelers need to take the JR Limited Express "Shimanto" from Shin-Osaka Station to Kochi Station. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.



Valid rail passes:


Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 25 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 25 minutes


Car rentals:

How long to stay in Kochi

We recommend staying here for about one day. 

Hotels in Kochi

Flights to Kochi

The nearest and most convenient airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 25 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 25 minutes

Festivals in Kochi

There are two famous festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.


  • Kochi City Fireworks Festival

    • Date: August 9th

    • Time: 19:30 - 21:00


  • Yosakoi Festival

    • Date: August 9th until 12th

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