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“Katsurama is the moon’s most beautiful place.” These are the words from “Yosakoi Bushi,” a famous folk song from Kochi Prefecture in which Katsurahama is located. Katsurahama is a sandy beach that looks more beautiful than a picture with its soft arc of the water’s edge lapped upon by the blue waves of the Pacific Ocean and deep green pine forests waving behind. This is the idyllic scene of tourist locations in Kochi. The statue that looks like it’s gazing out across the ocean is the symbol of Katsurahama, the “Sakamoto Ryoma Statue.” Kochi born Sakamoto Ryoma is one of the most popular and important figures of Japanese history for playing a major role in overthrowing the Edo shogunate. Around the area is also the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum where you can learn more about the life of this important figure as well as the Katsurahama Aquarium which brings you in contact with the local sea life.
- 66 Urado, Kochi-shi, Kochi
- Contact No.
- From the bus terminal at JR Kochi Station take a Tosa-den-kotsu bus headed for Katsurahama for 38 minutes and get off at the Katsurahama bus stop from which it is a 5 minute walk.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
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Views from Watatsumi Jinja
Watatsumi Jinja is a shrine built atop the cliffs of Cape Ryuo in Katsurahama. People come to this shrine to pray for safety at sea, business success, and love endeavors. Regardless of all that, the views are incredible! The red of the shrine against the vast blue of the ocean is a beautiful sight not to be missed.
Symbol of Katsurahama: Statue of Sakamoto Ryoma
This realistic bronze statue of Sakamoto Ryoma is based on a famous historical photograph and it appears as if the man himself is standing before the sea. The statue stands upon a hill in Katsurahama gazing far out into the Pacific Ocean. Including the pedestal, the statue is 13.5 m tall. Even if you’re not a fan of Sakamoto Ryoma seeing this impressive statue is a must.
Introducing the Life of Sakamoto Ryoma: Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
This museum located atop a hill in Katsurahama Park is densely packed with information concerning the life of Sakamoto Ryoma. Here, you can learn all about the deeds and big personality of this famous figure. You can find many unique exhibits including letters and valuable documents as well as cast models and pictures which help tell his story to the modern world.
Located around Katsurahama is an aquarium with a long history that dates back to 1931. Inside of Katsurahama Aquarium are various sea animals that start with the rare, large and elusive “akame” snook fish found only around Kochi and Miyazaki prefectures, and include others like sea turtles, penguins, and river otters. Characteristic to the aquarium are its many events that get you close to the animals like feedings, etc.
Delicacy of Kochi: Ice Creen
“Ice Creen” is a special dessert that is a combination of ice cream and sherbet and has a simple taste. It’s also pretty healthy containing less than 3% butterfat. You can find a store near the beach and Ryoma statue. Just look for the red and white umbrellas.