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Muroto

Muroto's status as a UNESCO-listed Geopark first alerts visitors to the unique topography of the site. Indeed this spectacular city, located on the southern cape of Kochi prefecture, Shikoku, meets all expectations. The Muroto Peninsula features a subduction zone from which new land emerges, pushed up from beneath the ocean by shifting tectonic plates. Its coastline is strewn with oddly-shaped boulders, wild, wind-swept vegetation, tropical flowers and intriguing rock formations. The city's human inhabitants have also adapted to withstand coastal conditions - building sturdy townhouses (perfectly preserved in the Kiragawa area) and farming on the naturally formed marine terraces carved out of the hills. Buddhist pilgrims aside (Muroto is home to a famous Kukai temple), it's the picturesque countryside and ocean panoramas that draw visitors to Muroto. Its fascinating geological attributes - fossils, turbidites, caves, cliffs and jagged reefs - create landscapes of rare drama and beauty. The waters offshore are also unique, featuring warm currents favored by dolphins and sperm whales, and nutrient-rich deep seawater that serves local thalassotherapy spas.

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