The Toden Densha line: the heart of Kochi City

The Toden densha line in Kochi is an essential part of the life of the city and runs from Gomen to the east all the way to Ino in the west. The Tosadentetsu company was established in the Taisho period. At first, the company only ran trolleys, but have since expanded to became the one of the companies that represents the whole prefecture. Continue reading The Toden Densha line: the heart of Kochi City

A birthplace of smiles, “Obiyamachi”

“Hey, Let’s go to the Aeon!” I said to Satoru-kun.

I remember it was a cold day on 23rd December 2000 when the Aeon Mall Kochi opened. I was only 12 years old then. On the way home from school and holding a 100 yen coin, I went there with my friends. We saw the mall from outside. It looked really big. We swallowed. Continue reading A birthplace of smiles, “Obiyamachi”

Why you’ll love Kochi Castle

Kochi Castle, Main Citadel.
Kochi Castle, Main Citadel.

On a sunny day in the morning, I go to a Kochi castle by bicycle from my house. It takes only a few minutes. Wondering where to park my bike I looked up the castle. I walked through the park under the castle. I found a few people walking, sitting on the bench and feeding birds. It was full of green so felt like time goes on very slowly there. There is a little cabin, where my grandma works as a castle guide volunteer. A tourist comes and asks for a guide. Continue reading Why you’ll love Kochi Castle

Welcome to Sawa-man

Big slope
Big slope

After a heavy rain in the evening, people are heading up a big slope to go back to their apartments. Somewhere, some people are chatting. Everyone who goes by is greeting each other. “Good evening. How is it going?“ one of them says. In a restaurant on the first floor is a party. They are singing, playing the music and enjoying the foods which the owner who is living there served. Continue reading Welcome to Sawa-man

Gendai Kigyosya: loved in Kochi

About 55 years ago, one couple opened a café at a street corner in Kochi. The café, named “Chopin”, was really small one.

One day, the husband felt his café to be too simple, so he tried to paint its windows like stained glass by watercolors for children. This led him to try to make it more and more wonderful. Continue reading Gendai Kigyosya: loved in Kochi


TORIDEN is a chicken restaurant at Honmachi near Kochi castle. It is large and has the appearance of an Izakaya. It is near to the business district so it is very popular for office workers in the daytime. It is very crowded at lunchtime and you cannot eat if you do not line up. Most of customers eat the set meal that is a very cheap, plentiful and delicious . At night, many people eat the dinner menu such as a “charcoal fire barbecued chicken”. The atmosphere of the restaurant is lively  at noon and is like an Izakaya at night. There is no special lunch for children, so it is not good for small children.

  • Address: 4-4-49-1F, Honnmati, Kochi city
  •  Tel no: 088-875-1105
  •  Opening hours: 11:00~14:00, 17:00~23:00

Pasta Restaurant Hachinomori

Pasta Café HACHINOMORI is a restaurant housed in a modern building built of red brick. The main menu is based on pasta dishes and there are chicken dishes, pizzas, drinks and desserts, too. Capacity is 25 tables, seating 80 people. The seats are divided into smoking and no-smoking. The prices are inexpensive, averaging about ¥1,000~1,500 per person. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxed. Sometimes, when the restaurant is busy, the waitresses have few smiles. But service is good. When the restaurant is crowded, we have to wait about 20~30 minutes. All the same the dishes are very delicious. Pasta Café HATINOMORI is worth going to!

  • Address: 3-6 Houei town, Kochi city 〒780-0818
  •  Tel no: 088-885-3183
  •  Opening hours: AM8:00~PM10:00
  • Open everyday (excluding the end of the year and the beginning of the year)
  • Capacity: 80 people