Ashizuri Underwater Observation Tower

足摺海底館(Ashizuri Kaiteikan)
Experience life under the sea: no swimming required
The red and white retro Ashizuri Underwater Observation Tower looks slightly surreal, surrounded by wild nature and the fantastically-shaped rocks of the Tatsukushi Coast, part of Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park.
Built in 1972, it is one of the last buildings of its kind in Japan. To access the tower visitors need to cross a thin metal bridge that stretches over the waves and rocks, a rather thrilling start to a visit. Fans of classic James Bond movies may feel like they are entering the lair of an ocean-loving villain!
The ocean in the Tatsukushi area is extremely clear and you can see marine creatures like girella, porcupine fish, and butterfly fish all year round. There is also seasonal marine life, with sardines and horse mackerel stopping by from winter to spring, barracuda visiting in autumn, and you may even catch a glimpse of sea turtles and stingrays if you're lucky. Sitting by one of the portholes watching the fish swim by is a rather meditative experience.
Nearby visitors can also take glass boat rides to see the flourishing coral below the surface, and walk on the wild coastlines.
Address 高知県土佐清水市三崎4124-1先 (4124-1, Misaki, Tosashimizu City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan)
Telephone Number 0880-85-0201
Kochi Prefectural Tourism Development Corporation
ClosedOpen year round
(Closed when necessary during inclement weather)
Price●Age 18 and over : 900 yen
●Between age 4 and 17 : 450 yen
*Price includes taxes
Directions●About 45 min drive from Nakamura Station (Tosa Kuroshio Railways)
●8 min walk from Kaiteikan-mae bus stop (Kochi Seinan Kotsu Bus)
●About 90 min drive from Shimantocho-chuo IC on Kochi Expressway
Website Website
Map Code276 103 825*60

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