Part of Muroto City, Kiragawa prospered in the Meiji Period through demand for its high-quality charcoal by cities such as Kyoto, Kobe, and Osaka. As an area frequently hit by typhoons, Kiragawa earned the nickname “Typhoon Street,” and a number of clever techniques were used to protect the houses and buildings from inclement weather. The beautiful white walls are highly resistant to wind and rain, and additional protection is provided by special tiles used for the eaves, and stone walls called ishiguro. This style of architecture is unique to the region and adds interest to the historical Japanese feel of the neighborhood.
Tokyo (Narita) to Kiragawa, Kochi
1 h 55 min
From 4,990 yen
Kochi Ryoma Airport
1 h 40 min
Kiragawa-cho, Muroto City, Kochi Prefecture
All listed travel times and costs are approximate.