Welcome to Ashizuri-misaki
Ashizuri-misaki (足摺岬) is a rugged, picturesque promontory that's famous for Kongōfuku-ji, Temple 38 of the 88, its lighthouse and violent weather. Ashizuri means 'foot stamping' and the cape got its name from the story of an old monk who stamped his foot in anguish when his young disciple set off looking for the promised land of Fudaraku in a boat. Fudaraku was believed to be the blessed realm of Kannon, goddess of mercy, and many set forth from the cape in their search for paradise in this lifetime, never to be heard from again. Centuries later, Ashizuri is famous for suicides, with stories such as that of a young geisha who danced off the edge onto the beckoning rocks below.
There are enjoyable short walks around the cape, including to an observation platform and the lighthouse.