Godaisan is a small mountain to the east of Kochi's downtown. It was named after a Chinese mountain by Buddhist priests visiting from China.
The same visiting priests established Chikurinji Temple on Godaisan, which has since become an important stop on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Number 31 of the 88 temples along the pilgrimage, Chikurinji attracts pilgrims as well as students because of its reputation as a scholastic institution.
Chikurinji's temple grounds feature an interesting array of halls and structures, including a beautiful five-storied pagoda. A treasure hall displays several Buddhist statues and scrolls of importance to the temple, and paid entrance to the hondo (main hall) offers a view of the building's interior and a nicely kept garden.
Not far from Chikurinji is Makino Botanical Garden, named after Dr. Makino Tomitaro, a botanist from Kochi. The spacious garden includes extensive walking paths, outdoor parks, a greenhouse and several large museum halls with excellent information and displays on Dr. Makino and his field of study.
The My Yu Bus operates between JR Kochi Station, Godaisan and Katsurahama Beach. The trip from Kochi Station to Godaisan takes 25 minutes and costs 600 yen for a day pass for unlimited rides between Kochi Station and Godaisan or 1000 yen for unlimited rides between Kochi Station and Katsurahama. A taxi ride from Kochi Station to the summit takes about 20 minutes and costs around 1500 yen.
information source: japan-guide.com
Chikurinji Temple: 8:30 to 17:00
Makino Botanical Garden: 9:00 to 17:00
Chikurinji Temple: Free (grounds), 400 yen (treasure hall and hondo)
Makino Botanical Garden: 720 yen
Airport: Kochi Airport
Chikurinji Temple: No closing days
Makino Botanical Garden: December 27 to January 1