Mikurodo Cave

What may have been the former home of Kukai, the originator of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage
Located right along the Muroto coastline, the Mikurodo Cave is an important stop for pilgrims walking the 1200km Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage. The Buddhist monk Kukai is said to have trained and lived in this cave carved by the force of the waves, and taken his new chosen name from the view of the sky and ocean (as the two kanji characters of Kukai mean “sky” and “sea”).The monk is said to have attained enlightenment in the neighbouring Shinmeikutsu Cave.

Nearby is a towering statue depicting the monk as a young man, and a couple kilometers away you will find Hotsumisaki-ji Temple, the first temple pilgrims on the Shikoku 88 trail come across in Kochi.
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Address 高知県室戸市室戸岬町3225-2 (3225-2, Murotomisaki cho, Muroto City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan)
Telephone Number 0887-22-0574
Muroto City Tourism Association
OpenOpen 8:00-17:00 (these times may change or the cave may be closed in certain seasons and weather)
ClosedOpen year round
Directions●About 2 hr drive from Nankoku IC on Kochi Expressway
●About 5 min walk from Misaki Hotel Mae bus stop (Kochi Tobu Kotsu Bus)
Map Code1027 276 719*37

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