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Approximately 5 Hours
Japanese washi paper is an iconic piece of Kochi's heritage, produced in the prefecture for more than 1,000 years. Washi paper is an Intangible Cultural Heritage Object. The raw materials needed to make the pulp, including the Kozo plant, the mitsumata bush and the gampi tree, all grow in the abundant greenery of this mountainous area. The nearby Niyodogawa River supplies the water needed to make this fine paper. Learn more by watching a demonstration; then, dive into the fun of producing your own paper crafts.
Take in the beauty of the region's crystal-clear rivers, charming bridges and historic Ino Sugimoto. The latter is a lovely shrine that has stood on these hallowed grounds since AD 793 and is believed to bring luck and prosperity to those who visit. Visitors can rub the red statue of Sasuri Daikoku for luck or make their own fukudawara -- an amulet unique to the Sugimoto Shrine. Worshippers write a wish on a strip of paper and tie it to a length of bamboo grass to bring good fortune.
Snap photos at the Nagoya Chinka Bridge -- ingeniously designed to accommodate the river's rising levels. The long expanse of the bridge is the perfect place to watch the clean, clear water flow underneath.
Don't miss sampling delicious Kochi ice cream. Made from locally-sourced fruits and boasting a clean, crisp texture and flavor, this delicious treat is technically more like a sherbet than an ice cream, as it contains little milk or cream.