Chikurin Temple in Kochi

Chikurinji

Dainichiji – Konan City

Ekin Festival: Spooky Paintings by Candlelight

Ekin Festival #1 Ekin Festival #2 Ekin Festival #3 Ekin Festival #5 Ekin Festival #4 Ekin Festival – The Streets Mid Jul Ekin Festival #1 (Photo: Kazumasa Onishi) Venue: Honmachi, Akaoka town When: Mid Jul 2021 Walking the narrow streets of small town Akaoka at night with nothing illuminating the way but candlelight and paper […]

Forest Bathing In Kochi’s Temples

Forest bath, Dainichiji Road to Kokubunji Now you see me…at Chikurinji Forest bathing, shinrin yoku in Japanese, refers to the restorative effects of relaxing in nature. I felt I was doing this, bathing in the forests, when I henro-ed at Kochi’s Temples 28, 29, 30, 31, and 32. They were all havens of natural and […]

Hotsumisakiji

Main Gate Jizo Bosatsu figure Temple grounds on a gray and rainy day Miroku Bosatsu statue Purification fountain Two story pagoda Kongo Rikishi detail Incense burning Temple twenty four in the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage is also known as the Cape Temple. Located on Cape Muroto, it ends one of the longest stretches (75.8 kms) between […]

A Day at Katsurahama Beach

torii gate stunning view Urado Bay ship coming in aquarium sign advertisement on MY Yu bus torii gate When I visit the beach, I am usually going to enjoy some time out in the waves. Those looking to take a dip in the Pacific will be disappointed to find out that swimming at Katsurahama Beach […]

Kazuyuki Takezaki Exhibition

Oct 25th Dec 20th The event flyer (Photo: Kim B) Venue: Kochi Museum of Art When: Oct 25th – Dec 20th 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm Kazuyuki Takezaki is a Kochi-born painter who lives and works in Kagawa Prefecture. A special exhibition taking place at the Kochi Museum of Art titled “Kazuyuki Takezaki: A Sunny Day […]

Kengo Kuma Exhibition

Nov 3rd Jan 3rd The event flyer (Photo: Kim B) Venue: Kochi Museum of Art When: Nov 3rd – Jan 3rd 2021, 9:00am – 5:00pm Kengo Kuma is a renowned Japanese architect who has a broad portfolio of impressive designs, including the likes of Tokyo's Nezu Museum, Sunny Hills Aoyama, and the Asakusa Culture and […]

Kiyotakiji

Carving detail Stairs to Main Gate Stairs leading to the Main Hall Maine Hall Purification fountain Carved figures will Ocean view in background Paper cranes Offerings inside the Main Hall Close up of stamp pad Close up of ink well Temple thirty five in the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage is also known as the Clean Waterfall […]

Kochi Castle Tour and History

Under Kochi Castle Kochi Castle Kochi Castle with backlighting Kochi Castle Gate Kochi Castle in Sakura Red Berries in Fall Under Kochi Castle (Photo: chee_hian) While its size might not be as impressive as the better known castles of Japan, Kochi Castle is one of the 12 castles that escaped World War II without having […]

Kokubunji – Nankoku City

Roof tile detail Main Gate Bell tower Beautifully manicured tree Temple garden Daishi Hall Temple twenty nine in the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage is the official Temple of Kochi prefecture. The statue of Kobo Daishi is called Hoshiku Daishi because Kobo Daishi performed the “Rite of Astral Festivity” (Hoshi Matsuri) here when he was 42 years […]

Kongochoji

Main Gate – Huge straw sandals are meant to help those with leg and foot ailments Close up of ink well and stamp pad in background as Stamp #26 is being made Purification fountain Kobo Daishi statue Pilgrim worshipping at the Main Hall Bell tower Buddha statue Carving detail Temple twenty six in the Shikoku […]

Kongofukuji Temple at Cape Ashizuri

The main hall houses a 1000-armed Kannon The temple was founded by Kobo Daishi in 822 Spend 1000 yen & write a message to help repave part of the temple Daishido Hall is a newer building dedicated to Kobo Daishi Hundreds of stone Buddha statues fill the compound Kongofukuji is the southernmost of the 88 […]

Konomineji Temple

Statue detail Main Gate Bibs left for the protection of children Temple grounds Bell tower Water flowing out of the rocks is said to have healing properties Main Hall View of the ocean below Temple twenty seven in the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage is also known as the God Summit Temple. One of the most difficult […]

Makino Botanical Gardens

Makino Conservatory Atrium In the Conservatory Very Tim Burton-esque plant. The orchids are amazing. Waterfall inside the conservatory. It was really humid as you can see! Many nice flowers like this outside walking around. Makino Conservatory Atrium On top of Mount Godai (Godaisan) in Kochi City, overlooking Kochi Port, is one of the most relaxing […]

Miniature Life Exhibition: Kochi

An example of Tanaka’s work Everyday items are commonly used in Tanaka’s miniature scenes Venue: Kochi Prefectural Museum of Art When: Apr 3rd – May 9th 2021, 9:00am – 5:00pm A special exhibition taking place at the Kochi Prefectural Museum of Art looks at works from Kumamoto-born Tatsuya Tanaka, a photographer who focuses on miniatures. […]

Sawada Mansion in Kochi

Sawada Mansion from street Sawada Mansion entrance The very slow industrial style lift at Sawada Mansion Rooftop garden at Sawada Mansion Top floor at Sawada Mansion Handmade crane at Sawada Mansion Sawada Mansion from street (Photo: daichiman) Have you ever just wanted to make something on your own? I’m guessing you have, but I’m also […]

Sekkeiji

Buddha figure Approaching the Main Hall Carving detail Bell tower Purification fountain Tori Main Hall Temple thirty three in the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage is also known as the Snowy Cliff Temple. Like the vast majority of temples on Shikoku, Sekkeiji was burnt down during the purge of Buddhism at the beginning of the Meiji restoration. […]

Shinshoji

Main Gate Buddha statue Stone carving detail Temporary main site of worship Stairs up to Main Hall, closed at time of writing for construction Purification fountain Temple twenty five in the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage is also known as the Temple of the Illuminating Seaport. The main deity is called Kajitori Jizo (the Helmsman Jizo). Local […]

Shoryuji

Autumn colors Purification fountain Main Gate Three story pagoda Stairs to Main Hall Carving detail Pilgrim worshiping at the Main Hall Temple thirty six in the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage is also known as the Green Dragon Temple. Kobo Daishi built this temple in memory of his Chinese master Keika, giving it the same name as […]

Kamisuki Experience in Kochi

Hike to the top of the hill and enjoy the grand view! The capital city of Kochi Kochi Station Rogier Uitenboogaart is very passionate about washi The barks that we used to make washi I’m ready to start my kamisuki experience! There’s a time when you need to escape the city life and simply enjoy […]

Kochi Sunday Market

Kochi Buntan, Pamelo Fried, sugar coated sweet potato fries. Kochi “Ice Kurin,” a banana/vanilla flavored ‘icey’ ice cream. Almost like sorbet. Kochi Buntan, Pamelo (Photo: natsu) Every Sunday morning since 1690, Outesuji, one of the main roads in downtown Kochi, begins its transformation into an open air market that stretches for 1.3 kilometers. This market […]

Tanemaji

Ladles from women who have had succsessful childbirths Miroku Bosatsu statue Bell Tower Kobo Daishi Statue Carving detail Nicely manicured tree Purification fountain Statues praying for welfare of children Temple thirty four in the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage is also known as the Sowing Seeds Temple. Legend has it that, on his return from China, Kobo […]

Three Men of Kochi

Kochi‘s local heroes Ryoma bus Whale design of Kochi station roof Three men dazzle the eye at JR Kochi Station. They are a commanding, much photographed and admired presence. They are actually statues, of Sakamoto Ryoma, Takechi Hanpeita, and Nakaoka Shintaro, esteemed samurai instrumental in bringing about Japan’s modernization. Kochi has other luminaries, but the […]

Zenjibuji

Views of the ocean from temple grounds Purification fountain Fudo Myoo statue Bell tower Stairs to Main Hall Located at the top of a hill overlooking the ocean, the temple grounds are confined to a small flat area at the top. Pilgrims worship at the Main Hall Carving detail Temple thirty two in the Shikoku […]

Zenrakuji

Bussokuseki, stone carved with the footprint of Buddha Purification fountain Garden detail Fudo Myoo statue Kobo Daishi statue Bibs left to pray for welfare of children Figure detail Temple thirty in the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage is also known as the Temple of Everlasting Joy. In the past 130 years or so, Zenrakuji has been the […]

Discover Shikoku in Six Days

Discover Shikoku in Six Days The view from the Shimanami Kaido on a gloomy day Cycling towards Ikuchi Bridge The Izumidani rice terraces surrounded by low-lying clouds A bird’s eye view from the top of Matsuyama Castle A cloudy day in Ritsurin Koen doesn’t take the shade off its beauty Being Japan's smallest island, Shikoku […]

Hirome Ichiba, Much More than Just a Market

No shortage of sake at Hirome Ichiba Katsuo no Tataki (seared bonito) Hirome Ichiba No shortage of sake at Hirome Ichiba (Photo: Naoya Fujii) Greeted by a hearty, “Ohayo gozaimasu! (good morning)” by a friendly middle aged woman as she opens her shop, dodging the fishermen as they frantically unload the morning catch from their […]

My You Bus

The bus Description screen in English Inside the bus The bus Though it has many charms, Kochi City cannot count pleasant driving among them. Navigating the narrow roads and minimal English signage in a small car is not something I have ever had the desire to do. Luckily for tourists, the My Yu (MY遊) bus […]

Poka Poka Onsen

Outdoor bath Indoor bath Jets area Sauna Salt sauna Changing area Outdoor bath When I imagine the stereotypical Japanese hot springs, I picture a steaming cyprus rotemburo surrounded by snowy mountains and wooden buildings. I have been to several such onsen during my time in Japan, and they really can’t be beat. However, I don’t […]

Top 5 Things to Do Around Kochi City, Japan

Kochi (高知, Kōchi) prefecture is located along the southwest coast of Japan’s island of Shikoku. Beautiful natural surroundings, an abundance of sunshine, and soothing waters in the form of clear rivers and lengthy coastlines make Kochi Prefecture an attractive tourist destination. Its capital city—also called Kochi—is relatively small, but filled with country charm, hospitality, and […]

Getting Lost at Wakamiya Onsen

Some of the scenery at the base of Wakamiya Onsen Walking around Wakamiya Onsen Entry to Wakamiya Onsen Some of the scenery at the base of Wakamiya Onsen When I usually go to an onsen that is buried deep in the mountains of Kochi, it is because someone told me about it or I saw […]

Yosakoi Festival

Yosakoi in Kochi Most of the costumes are bright, contrasting colors like this. Costumes range in a variety of different styles. Venue: Kochi City When: Early – Mid Aug 2021 Summer is prime time for big festivals in Japan, and Kochi City is no exception. The highlight of the local year is a three-day dance/parade […]

Antenna Shops in Tokyo

How can you travel Japan without ever leaving Tokyo? The answer is simple: visit one of the city’s many antenna shops for a literal taste of the various prefectures of Japan, all without spending a dime on long-distance transportation. Antenna shops were first established in Tokyo in the early 1990s as a means for regional […]