21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
A cape at the southernmost tip of the Ashizuri Peninsula in Shikoku, which juts out into the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. An observation deck there provides a 180 degree view that makes you almost feel like the Earth's curvature is visible. Ashizuri-misaki is filled with a veritable tapestry of dynamic landscapes woven by nature, and there is little you can do but stare in awe of the grandeur of the planet. These include many enigmatic spots associated with Kobo-Daishi around the walkways, and Seven Wonders tours are also available. At the nearby Tatsukushi and Minokoshi coasts, you can enjoy a trip in a glass-bottomed boat that offers underwater views of coral and tropical fish. Ashizuri-misaki is also renowned for the beauty of its starry skies, and nothing beats a stargazing tour there on a clear night. Because the area is quite elevated, you can have the amazing experience of viewing stars that twinkle from below your eye level. At the Tojindaba ruins site on a coastal terrace near the tip of the Ashizuri Peninsula, a large number of stone artifacts and earthenware fragments from the Initial Jomon Period (around 5000 B.C.) and Yayoi Period have been unearthed. The area features rock arrangements thought to be stone circles, as well as the monolithic 6-7 meter high Tojin rocks that stand nestled together. It is said these could be remnants of a great primeval civilization, and although their true origin is unknown, this mystical spot is certainly brimming with the atmosphere of ancient times.
Ashizuri-misaki: 70 minutes by car from Nakamura Station on the Tosa Kuroshio Railway. Get off at Ashizuri-misaki on the Kochi-Seinan Bus.
Tojindaba: 65 minutes by car from Nakamura Station on the Tosa Kuroshio Railway.
Ashizuri-misaki: Ashizuri-misaki, Tosashimizu, Kochi Prefecture
Tojindaba: Matsuo, Tosashimizu, Kochi Prefecture
Airport: Kochi Airport