Ryugado Cave & Katsurahama Beach
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Approximately 5¼ Hours
Set your sights on the unspoiled beauty of Kochi's environs on this energetic tour that takes you off the beaten track.
Board a motorcoach for the approximately one-hour drive to to Ryugado Cave on the slopes of Mt Sampo. Discovered in 1931, Ryugado is one of Japan's three major limestone caverns and is a designated Japanese National Treasure. The cave was home to early humans. The limestone caverns feature 20 waterfalls and stalactites form a maze of shapes echoing the sound of water.
Return to Kochi and enjoy a brief panoramic drive past Kochi Castle, completed in 1612 and designated a Japanese National Treasure. Continue past Harimayashi Bridge -- the stage for a tragic love story that was popular in the 19th century.
The Harimayabashi shopping district features a wooden arcade of traditional shops.
Enjoy views of Mt Godai as your head south for Katsurahama Beach. Ranked one of the 100 Best Beaches in Japan, Katsurahama is a crescent-shaped strand framed by rocky capes and Japanese pines. For centuries, the beach has been a popular site for moon-viewing parties. Enjoy free time to explore here.
Just above the beach, a bronze monument and a small museum commemorate Sakamoto Ryoma -- the low-caste samurai who helped topple the Tokugawa Dynasty.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. There are steps to negotiate in the cave. Ryugado Cave: There are approx 700 steps (up and down) to negotiate.