Cape Muroto is situated in Muroto-shi, Kochi. It was designated as a place of National Scenic Beauty by the government in 1928 and as Muroto-Anan Quasi-National Park in 1964. It is characterized by its V-shaped rocky cliffs facing the sea and thick subtropical forests covering the land.
Cape Muroto is one of the representative tourist spots of Kochi. The JR Shikoku express train "Muroto" is named after the cape. On the tip of the cape a white lighthouse stands, and is classified as "A" ranking on the Japan Coast Guard Historic Lighthouse Preservation List. The lighthouse is equipped with a class 1 Fresnel lens that is 2.6 meters in diameter. Today, there are only five lighthouses with this class lens in Japan. In the cape tourist area there is Hotsumisakiji Temple, which is number 24 of the Shikoku 88-temple pilgrimage temples. Mikurodo, a cave where Kobo Daishi reached enlightenment, and the statue of Nakaoka Shintaro, a close associate of Sakamoto Ryoma in the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate, are located here. Fishing from rocks near the shore of the ocean is also popular.
As the location is inconvenient for transportation due to discontinued ferry services and reduced bus services, it is recommended to visit by car or bus. By public transportation, get off at Nahari Station on the Tosa-Kuroshio Railway Nahari Line, then take the Kochi-Tobu bus bound for Kan-no-ura for about 60 minutes. By car it is a two hour drive from Nangoku Interchange. Free parking is available.
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|Sights||Cape Muroto (室戸岬)|
Murotomisaki-cho, Muroto-shi, Kochi
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0887-22-5134 / Fax: 0887-23-0860|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
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