Mt. Godai is a small mountain within Kochi City. It’s the site of Chikurin-ji, temple No. 41 on the Shikoku pilgrimage. Chikurin-ji means ‘bamboo forest temple’, although today, Mt. Godai is more broad-leaf and pine forest than bamboo.
Mt. Godai takes its name from a much larger mountain with five peaks in China which it resembles slightly. It’s thought to have originally been a lookout post guarding the bay, and excavations found piles of seashells left there by the watchers. Today, a lookout point on the roof of the Panorama café and restaurant offers a dramatic view of the complex geography of Kochi Bay.
Mt. Godai is also home to the Makino Botanical Gardens, which commemorates Dr. Makino Tomitaro, a celebrated botanist from Kochi. This attractive park has gardens, greenhouses and an interesting museum.
Name in Japanese: 五台山
Address: Godaisan, Kochi, Kochi Prefecture 781-8125