With its steep cliffs and gorgeous island views, Cape Kōmo Misaki is located near the most southerly point of Ehime.
Allowing the beauty of the area to be enjoyed, as well as the stunning sunsets (Shikoku’s best), a well-maintained promenade has been constructed on the hill.
According to law (“Act on Special Measures concerning the Conservation of the Environment of the Seto Inland Sea”), Cape Kōmo Misaki is one of the starting points of the Seto Inland Sea. As you see on the map below, it is defined as the mass of water on the north side of the line connecting Cape Kōmo Misaki (Ehime) and Cape Tsuru Misaki (Ōita).
The Seto Inland Sea, with which everyone is familiar, is located the north side of the line drawn between Cape Sada Misaki in Ehime and Sekizaki in Ōita. However, according to law, it actually covers a somewhat wider area.
As Cape Kōmo Misaki is further south than Cape Tsuru Misaki, it marks the “most south southerly point of the Seto Inland Sea”.
Well, let me introduce Cape Kōmo Misaki!
There’s a dynamic downhill promenade from where you can enjoy a staggeringly beautiful landscape that changes as you walk…
And, there are perfectly positioned islands floating on the ocean!
Hidden at first, they gradually appear as you follow the promenade until you arrive at a point where you can view the whole magnificent seascape.
Offering the very best spot to watch the sunset, Cape Kōmo Misaki juts out westwards… The floating islands and the golden path appearing on the sea… a mystical scene of golden skies and gods…
Coloring the sky gold, the sun begins to sink into the clouds…
The sun goes down on the left side of the islands. Though in the image below it is hidden by clouds, the sun sets in the direction of “Cape Tsuru Misaki” in Ōita, which means the right side (north) of the sun is the broader Seto Inland Sea.
As the sky glows in the sunset, the lighthouse on the top right turns on its light.
The promenade leads to the lighthouse, but as woods surround it, you can’t see much of the sea from there.
With a burning crimson sky, the 100m+ cliffs continue to Cape Kōmo Misaki…
As the ocean spreads to the north and south, the sunset can be seen year round from here!
As dusk approaches and darkness begins to fall, the floating islands emerge as silhouettes.
Having lost myself in the fantastic sunset, I leave the cape…
Although Cape Kōmo Misaki is not so famous, even in Ehime, it is a great spot to witness magnificent sunsets.
The most southerly point of the Seto Inland Sea is most certainly worth a visit.
Address: Kōmo, Ainan-chō, Minamiuwa-gun, Ehime
Website (Japanese): http://iyokannet.jp/spot/detail/place_id/725/
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Hironobu Matsuoka
Hironobu Matsuoka / Photo-writer Born in 1974 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, and currently living there, Hironobu is the president of Mediapolis Inc. "I travel around the country in Solar King, an eco-camping car that has a solar power generator, and film the beautiful scenery of Japan in high-definition. I want to move around the country as much as possible and leave behind videos of precious Japanese nature and scenery for future generations to enjoy. Although I travel all over the country, I love my home area of Setouchi." 'Healing Japan TV' - Traveling virtually around the country through 'healing videos'.
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