Kochi, Shikoku

Cape Muroto—where tropical flowers bloom and whales and dolphins frolic.

Cape Muroto is located at the eastern end of Tosa Bay and is covered with subtropical flowers such as hibiscus. The cape has been designated Muroto-Anan Coastal National Park. At the tip of the cape is a walking course, which winds its way 1.4 kilometers through the boulders that lie along the coastline.

A recent addition to Muroto's many charms is Deep Sea World. Taking full advantage of the area's scenic beauty and the deep seawater that flows 200 to 300 meters below the surface of the ocean, Deep Sea World boasts a series of facilities focused on reducing stress and preventing illness. This resort is famous for thalassotherapy (deep seawater treatments) that offers promising health benefits.

The symbol of Cape Muroto is the white lighthouse, which stands on the tip of the cape, with a lens measuring 2.6 meters in diameter. It is Japan's largest lighthouse and can be seen 56 kilometers offshore. It has offered protection to countless passing ships over 100 years of its operation.

Muroto boasts whale watching and boat tours. Except for during the typhoon season, it is very likely you will be able to see sperm whales up to 15 meters in length. Schools of dolphins are also a common sight.


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 Line, and 2h 30 min from Okayama to Kochi Station on JR Seto-ohashi Dosan Line. 2h 30 min from Kochi Station to Cape Muroto 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.

Around the Muroto