Today we are off to the beautiful Muroto area in the easternmost part of Kochi Prefecture. This is where you’ll find the atmospheric Shinsho-ji Temple, which is number 25 on the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage (ohenro). The main deity is Kajitori Jizo, and the temple is popular with fishermen and anybody who wants to pray for protection while out at sea. According to a local legend, it is said that the first feudal lord of Tosa (present-day Kochi) named Kazutoyo Yamauchi was brought to safety by Kajitori Jizo during a violent storm at sea over 400 years ago, due to his devotion to the deity
Speaking of safety, you’ll need a little bit of stamina to make it up the flight of steep stone steps to reach the main hall at Shinsho-ji Temple, so hold on to the handrail as you climb. Your efforts will be rewarded with glorious views of both the picturesque hall and the panoramic vistas all around!
It takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to drive here from Kochi City, so why not make a night of it and stay in the area? While Kochi doesn’t yet have an IKEA store, it does have MUROTO base 55, a glamping facility where you can enjoy the outdoor life in style. The accommodations feature the bold and colorful interior goods of the Scandinavian furniture maker. The onsite restaurant at MUROTO base 55 offers dishes made with local Kochi ingredients, including fresh vegetables and seafood. There’s also a barbecue corner and a shared lounge area with plenty of comfy sofas and hammocks to relax