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Explore Japan’s Countryside: 8 Beautiful Places To Visit In Kochi Prefecture

Get to know the rural side of Japan

Yes, it's true; the Weekender team found ourselves in Japan once again! After exploring Central Japan, Okinawa, and Western Japan, we set out on a rather different adventure this time. We took the Japanese domestic ANA airlines to Kochi Prefecture.

One of the four prefectures in Shikoku Island, Kochi abounds in farms and coastal towns facing the vast Pacific Ocean. With a small population and much fewer tourists compared to other Japanese cities, the natural landscapes and historic remains in Kochi are very well-preserved in their beautiful, original state. Not to mention the food is incredibly fresh and unforgettable. Here are some of our favourite spots that you have to visit when in Kochi.

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8. Hirome Market

Just a two minutes’ walk from Kochi city centre will take you to Hirome Market, where you can find lots of quirky small street shops. They sell all kinds of things, from your most basic groceries to the signature foods of Kochi and live seafood. We spent a half day shopping, eating and drinking there, emerging with many treasures without breaking our wallets! The place is very popular with locals after work and on the weekends, when there would be a warm, bustling atmosphere.

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