Discover a trio of historical and cultural offerings while on a 4.5-hour outing that lets you explore Kochi Castle's shogunate past, Katsurahama Beach's seaside statues, and the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum's artifact-packed exhibits. You'll first trace back to the Edo period while hearing tales about the fires and wars that took place at Kochi Castle. Once the seat of Yamauchi lords, this hilltop castle's tower served as a residence and now houses historic relics and delivers sweeping views of downtown Kochi. Moving on to the golden-sand edges of Urado Bay, the crescent-shaped Katsurahama Beach is where you'll stand before a statue of Sakamoto Ryoma, a prominent Japanese political influencer who led peace negotiations between local opposing provinces at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate. You'll then delve deeper into his life at the Sakamoto Ryomo Memorial Museum, where videos, portraits, weapons and handwritten letters showcase the extraordinary yet short life he lived from 1836-1867.
• Kochi Castle: Admire the war-torn legacy and historic artifacts that fill a 17th-century citadel where Yamauchi lords once lived.
• Katsurahama Beach: Walk along Urado Bay's shore to see a statue dedicated to one of modern-day Japan's most influential figures.
• Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum: Videos, portraits and letters detail the political life and assassination of this Japanese imperial loyalist.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Local currency
• Sun protection
• Bottled water
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses
• Walking shoes
• Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.2 miles over pebbled surfaces, with inclines and about 270 steps and extended periods of standing.
• Guests must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Guests with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour — particularly tours categorized as "strenuous".
• Guests who have concerns must consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
• Foreign currencies not accepted in many venues.
• Tour sequence may vary.