Kochi has been called "Tosa" since old times. The name is said to date back to an ancient myth about how the province was formed. In the myth, what is now Kochi was called Tosa-no-kuni Takeyoriwake and described as a virile province. The Chosokabe clan successfully unified Tosa, but Yamauchi Katsutoyo became the lord of Tosa in 1601 after the Chosokabe clan was defeated in the 1600 Battle of Sekigahara. Thus, Katsutoyo became the ruler of a 240,000-koku domain (koku was a unit used during the Edo period to show the value of land; one koku was regarded as land where enough rice for one person for one year could be produced).
At the end of the Tokugawa shogunate in the late 19th century, many reform-minded people who played a key role in overthrowing the shogunate appeared from Tosa. They included Sakamoto Ryoma, who is particularly popular with many people throughout the country. Since the 1860s, numerous great figures, such as thinkers, businessmen and scholars, have hailed from Tosa.
ACTLAND, a theme park designed to sharpen one’s sensitivity, opened in May 2015. "ACT" stands for art, culture and technology. There are eight kinds of fee-charging pavilions which showcase such items as Japanese paintings by ukiyoe artist Hirose Kinzo (1812-1876) known as "Ekin," rare classic cars and precise 1:43 scale model cars. There is also an area in the theme park where visitors can have a hands-on experience of items that show scientific and technological developments and rare playground equipment free of charge.
- Contact :
- Business hours :
- 9:00 to 21:00
- Access :
- ●About a 10-minute walk from Ichi Station on Tosa Kuroshio Railway’s Gomen-Nahari Line
●About a 10-minute drive from Kochi Ryoma Airport
●About a 30-minute drive from JR Kochi Station
●About a 20-minute drive from Nankoku Interchange on Kochi Expressway
- Price :
- ●One-day visit
・From 1,000 yen per person for adults; from 500 yen for senior high school students & younger persons
・5,000 yen per person for adults; 2,500 yen for senior high school students & younger persons
※Group discount available