Cape Ashizuri Area

Kochi, Shikoku

The cliffs of Cape Ashizuri are covered with subtropical plants. It is an area famous for surf-fishing in the nearby Japan Current.

Cape Ashizuri is the southernmost point of Shikoku and is part of Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park. The cape is covered by subtropical plants and boasts imposing 80-meter-high cliffs. Overlooking the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean is the symbol of the cape the Ashizuri lighthouse, which was built in 1914.

A two kilometer walking path follows the coastline around the lighthouse, with the Ashizuri Observatory and the Tengu-Nose Observatory, two recommended stop-offs. These vantage points offer a view of not only the lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean but also of the arc of the horizon and the waters of the Japan Current, as they make their closest approach to the land, crashing onto the rocks below. Nearby is the Hakusan Do-mon, which is a 16-meter-high, 17-meter-wide rock arch. The pounding waves of the Pacific have carved out of this gorgeous natural landscape.

To the west of Cape Ashizuri at the end of the Matsuo-kaigan Coast is a steep granite promontory, which is one of the few places where land juts out into the north-flowing Japan Current. It is a well-known fishing spot, popular among aficionados of surf-fishing.


From Tokyo:
[Air] 1h 20 min from Haneda to Kochi Ryoma Airport, and 40 min from the airport to JR Kochi Station by bus.
[Rail] 3h 20 min from Tokyo to Okayama Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen, and 2h 30 min from Okayama to Kochi Station by JR Seto-ohashi Dosan Line. 1h 45 min from Kochi to Nakamura Station by JR Tosa Kuroshio Line, and 1h 50 min from Nakamura Station to Cape Ashizuri by bus.
From Osaka:
[Air] 40 min from Itami or Kansai International Airport to Kochi Ryoma Airport.
[Rail] 40 min from Shin-Osaka to Okayama Station by Shinkansen.

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