Known as one of the most beautiful vistas in Japan, Katsura-hama captures the essence of the Japanese aesthetic. Particularly beloved as a moon-viewing spot.
Katsurahama lies at the foot of a hill atop which are the remains of Urado Castle. This used to be the political center of ancient Shikoku and was the seat of daimyo Chosokabe Motochika, the feudal lord of this area. Katsura-hama Park also includes an aquarium, Tosa Fighting Dog center, the statue of Kochi's most famous son, Sakamoto Ryoma, and many souvenir shops. In addition, at the top of the hill, there is the Katsura-hama National Inn and the Sakamoto Ryoma Museum.
Sakamoto Ryoma was a historical figure of great importance to modern Japan,instrumental in forcing Japan out of its self-imposed isolation and onto the modern world stage.
Reference: Kochi City Online Guide
Katsurahama. August 15th, 2008
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