Japan Kōchi Shikoku Travel

Day 16: Tataki

Today’s route took me through freshly planted rice fields around 25km from Marukome guest house near Dainichi-ji (大日寺 – 28) to Kōchi City (高知市), stopping at temples 29 and 30 on the way.

To be honest, my mind was a bit preoccupied with my painful feet today so it wasn’t the most memorable walk but a few of things stood out.

Toitajima Bashi Fishing

As I walked over Toitajima Bashi bridge on the Monobe River I noticed dozens of men in waders silently fishing in the shallow waters. They all looked very intent on catching something and there were even a few spectators on the banks. I wondered what exotic pray they were after.


4km later I paused at Daishidō shrine to give my feet a rest and enjoy the view over the fields. Doubled over all day to tend their crops, I don’t know how all these octogenarian farmers do it!

I stopped at a Family Mart combini for a drink and bumped into Park, a Korean cycling pilgrim who I’d met yesterday. He didn’t speak any Japanese and only a smattering of English so I gave him a hand with some accommodation advice. Like other pilgrims I’d met, he’d also walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain.


Kokubun-ji (土佐国分寺 – 29) shares its name/deity with temple 15 as well as a number of others around Japan.

Tosa Jinja

Tosa Jinja Sake

Tosa Jinja Hall

On the approach to Zenrakuji (善楽寺 – 30), I first visited the adjacent Tosa Jinja (土佐神社) which is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan. Its plain wooden construction is particularly beautiful.

After visiting Zenrakuji it was almost 1pm and the sky looked like rain so I made haste towards Kōchi City centre and the business hotel I’d booked (like a normal hotel except the rooms are matchbox sized).

Hirome Market

Inside Hirome Market

Rested, I headed out to the covered Obiyamachi shopping street in downtown Kochi where I ate a delicious meal of Tataki (たたき) at the bustling Hirome Market (ひろめ市場).

Bonito cooked over straw


Originating in Kōchi, Tataki is raw bonito fish seared briefly over a straw fire and served sliced with garlic and a lemon soy dipping sauce.

Tomorrow rain is forecast so I’m planning on taking a rest day in Kōchi to explore the sights and let me feet heel up. If I’m feeling especially decadent I might even have a lie-in.


Distance walked: 25 km / 37,500 steps
Temples visited: 29–30
Overnight lodgings: Hotel Town Ekimae (ホテルタウン駅前) – Business Hotel

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Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and still returns frequently to continue exploring this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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  1. Athena says:

    One of the things I must do is actually spend time in Kochi when I revisit. Your photo of the katsuo tataki is mouth watering! And I imagine at a much more reasonable price than in Tokyo. 😉

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