There are many places in Kochi Prefecture that are associated with Kobo Daishi (Kukai), who established 88 Buddhist temples in Shikoku. One of them is the Mikurodo Cave in which the young Kobo Daishi is said to have attained spiritual enlightenment in the Heian period, about 1,200 years ago. There is a shrine called Gosho Shrine inside the cave. It is said that Kobo Daishi changed his name to Kukai after being moved by the sky (“ku” in Japanese) and the sea (“kai” in Japanese) which he was able to see from the cave. The “sound of the waves of Mikurodo” is designated by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the “100 Soundscapes of Japan.”
4030 Muroto-misaki, Muroto City, Kochi Prefecture
Muroto City Tourism Association TEL: +81-887-22-0574 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
●Take a train from JR Kochi Station on the Gomen-Nahari Line and get off at Nahari Station. Take a Tobu Kotsu Bus going to Muroto Global Geopark Center or Kannoura Ganpeki, and get off at Misaki Hotel-mae stop. It is about a 50-minute bus ride. Mikurodo is about a 5-minute walk from the bus stop. ●About a 120-minute drive from Nankoku Exit on the Kochi Expressway.