Of course, we cannot discuss Kochi without mentioning a bit about the après golf opportunities, so here are just a few of the other attractions that will keep you coming back, or keep non-golfing members of the family happily entertained.
The Sunday Market
Kochi’s Sunday Market stretches for 1.3km from the Otemon Gate at the foot of Kochi Castle and has been a beloved local institution for over 300 years. Its best to visit the market in the morning, so you can get dibs on the most popular street food, such as imoten (fluffy bites of sweet potato tempura) or veggie-based inaka sushi. You can also find cool souvenirs made by local artisans, such as the top-notch Tosa knives, and local produce including lots of yuzu citrus-flavored drinks and snacks!
Katsuo no Tataki
This iconic Kochi soul food is not just available at Tosa CC. The seared bonito is a must-try, with thick filets of delicious sashimi-grade fish, quickly seared on the edges over a straw fire. Dip it in some ponzu sauce or salt, and top it with the traditional slivers of garlic, ginger, and onion for a perfect bite. One great place to try it is at Hirome Market, a bustling covered market with tempting food stalls located near Kochi Castle. More information can be found here.
Kochi’s castle is one of only twelve in Japan that still retains its original tower and keep, and is an Important Cultural Property. The grounds beneath the keep are dotted with cherry trees. so be sure to stop by if visiting during the spring. The nearby museum offers great insight into the history of the Tosa domain. More information can be found here.
Take a short detour from any of the three golf courses, and hop on board the Ogata family’s boat to watch (from a respectful distance) as Bryde's whales and dolphins play in the warm bountiful currents. There are several tour options to choose from including both regular and chartered tours, and even one with a stop off to enjoy a seafood BBQ lunch. More information can be found here.