21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Built on a bluff providing a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, this memorial museum is dedicated to Kochi Prefecture’s most famous son, Sakamoto Ryoma, who played a prominent role in the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate, bringing about the end of the Edo era in 1868 and ushering in the Meiji period. He and his accomplishments are dramatically brought to life through a library containing books about him and the Meiji restoration which can be read freely, duplicates of his handwritten letters and movies. Even the bed screen stained with his blood following his assassination while staying at an inn in Kyoto shortly before the restoration took place is on display. There is also a museum shop offering visitors a variety of goods related to Sakamoto Ryoma such as stationery, t-shirts and other original merchandise.
By public transportation
From Kochi Station take a tram to Harimaya-bashi (3nd stop). Walk a little further south to the Minami Harimaya Bus Stop, which is on the left. Take a bus bound for Katsura-hama. Ride for about 40mins and get off at Ryoma Kinen-kan Mae (2nd last stop). The museum is on top of the hill in front of you. Walk up the slope and follow the road on the left. On weekends and public holidays, a direct bus service from Kochi Station is in operation. Take the My-Yu Bus and get off at Ryoma Kinen-kan Mae.
Take the Kochi Expressway and exit at the Kochi Interchange. Drive for approximately 25 minutes.
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (last admission is 16:30)
Admission: 500 yen for adults, under 18s are free. 400 yen for parties of 20 or more
Address: 830 Urado-shiroyama, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture
Airport: Kochi Airport
No closing days