The sea off Cape Muroto was previously known as an area extremely difficult to sail in. Oddly shaped rocks are scattered on the coast, with subtropical trees and beach plants thick along the coastline. The area around Cape Muroto was designated as Muroto-Anan Coast Quasi-National Park in June 1964 and certified as Muroto Global Geopark by the Global Network of National Geoparks in September 2011. The area, also well known as a “Sacred Place of Lovers” suitable for dating, is viewed as a good place for marriage proposals. Therefore many couples visit Cape Muroto for sightseeing. Heart-shaped monuments marking these sacred places are at an observation deck in Muroto, the Cape Muroto Lighthouse whose white exterior is beautiful, and the Muroto Skyline Observatory, all popular photo spots. Because the cape juts out toward the Pacific Ocean, it is one of the best locations in Japan where both sunrise and sunset mirages looking like Japanese “daruma” dolls can be seen on the horizon in the east and west, respectively.
Murotomisaki-cho, Muroto City, Kochi Prefecture
Commerce, Industry, Tourism & Deep Sea Water Division/Lifelong Learning Division, Muroto Municipal Government TEL: +81-887-22-5134
●About 2 hours by car from Kochi Exit on the Kochi Expressway. ●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 Muroto-misaki stop. Cape Muroto is about a 3-minute walk from the bus stop.