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Katsurahama Beach

An idyllic sunny beach perfect for lazy afternoons basking the sun, with some important local cultural sites to explore too.

This attractive beach is a great place for sunbathers and sightseers, but unfortunately the rough currents of the water here make it unsuitable for swimming. The area offers plenty to do without heading offshore though.

The most culturally significant site here is the museum dedicated to the life and times of Sakamoto Ryoma: a Kochi native who is credited as one of the key figures in the war which led to the Meiji Restoration, for negotiating the alliance between the Satsuma and Choshu clans who together eventually toppled the shogunate.

He’s kind of a big deal in Kochi, so you’ll find a statue of him near the beach, and a shrine to his memory attached to the museum. Once you’ve stopped in to check out his story, you can head along the hilltop paths to get some nice views of this very scenic spot.

After working up an appetite, head to one of the restaurants in the area to enjoy local delicacies like grilled squid or katsuo no tataki (seared skipjack tuna). Getting to Katsurahama Beach from Kochi City is fairly easy, with the Kochiken Kotsu bus running from the city’s main station, reaching the beach in a little over 30 minutes.

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