“Panorama” is a café situated on Godaisan, a small mountain to the east of Kochi’s downtown area. True to its name, customers can enjoy a “panoramic” view of the city and the harbor through large glass windows situated all around the café. On sunny days like this one, it’s quite easy to see why Kochi natives recommend this place.
Upon entering the shop, customers are greeted by a wide, open space with an abundance of sunlight and a large seating selection. Since it was a relatively cold day, we hurried to seats nearest to the window to soak in some of the sun’s warmth.
Ryoma Cappucino/420 yen
Nothing beats a cup of nice, hot cappuccino with cinnamon garnish on a cold day, so naturally one of the first things we ordered was this “Ryoma Cappucino.” For those of you who aren’t too familiar with who this stern face of sprinkled cinnamon is, his name was Sakamoto Ryoma. Born in 1836, in Tosa (present day Kochi) Sakamoto played a key role in Japan’s modernization and contributed to overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate. He united Japan’s two most powerful local governments (the Satsuma and the Choshu) against the shogunate which became one of the factors that lead to the end of the Tokugawa reign. Aside from that, Sakamoto also worked under Katsu Kaishu to create a modern naval force, founded a private navy and trading company called Kameyama Shachu (also known as Kaientai), and was also skilled swordsman.
Godaisan Curry Soup/ 850 yen
For the main course, we went with the “Godaisan Curry Soup” which was recommended to us by a local. While Japanese curry is usually thicker in consistency served on top of rice, this curry was a surprisingly light soup. Other than the ample amount of assorted greens in the curry (broccoli, carrots, Chinese cabbage and etc.), the curry also comes with a side of rice and naan bread for a balanced meal. If you like the Japanese curry taste but are not so much of a fan of its consistency, then we highly recommend this dish!
After enjoying the food, customers can take the stairs to the 3rd floor to the observation deck and get a full view of Kochi city. There are also binoculars at the deck for those who want a closer look at some of the buildings, but we anticipate that just gazing at the gorgeous view of the city may keep you quite busy.
Address: 2F, 210-1 Gyuko, Kochi, Kōchi Prefecture
Phone Number: 088-861-3036
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 10:00am ～ 5:00pm, Weekends/Holidays 10:00am ~ 9:00pm
Other than taxi, visitors can also get to Cafe Panorama via the My Yu Bus. This is, by far the easiest and most cost-effective method. The unlimited one-day pass from Kochi Station to Godaisan can be purchased at Kochi Station for 600 yen. Visitors should take the bus from JR Kochi Station towards Godaisan. The cafe is also a 6-minute walk away from Chikurinji Temple.