Watatsumi Shrine (Dragon King Palace) [Kochi]

【Watatsumi Shrine (Dragon King Palace) summary】

Watatsumi Shrine is a small shrine located on Cape Ryuoh at the tip of Katsurahama Beach. Katsurahama is a scenic spot in Kuroshio-cho, Hata-gun, Kochi Prefecture, beloved by Ryoma Sakamoto, with white sandy beaches and beautiful water, and on a clear day the Shikoku Mountains can be seen in the distance. The deity is Ohwatatsumi-no-kami, who has been worshipped since ancient times as a deity to protect boats from travel and to avert natural disasters. It is said that the shrine was founded during the Chosokabe period, but the date is unknown.

【Watatsumi Shrine (Dragon King Palace) precincts】

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After crossing the Ryugu Bridge and climbing the stone steps, you will see a torii gate.

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It is rare to find a shrine that has a view of the ocean from a high point, with steps leading up from the side of a rocky outcrop. It was impressive that the worship hall was also arranged as if looking at the shrine.

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It is indeed a scenic spot. The view is very wonderful and offers a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean. It is also a place where you can see the whole view of Katsurahama beach and the morning sunrise very beautifully. I thought it was a place where natural beauty and man-made facilities were blended together.

【Watatsumi Shrine (Dragon King Palace) Statue of Ryoma Sakamoto nearby】

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A bronze statue of Ryoma Sakamoto, dressed in kimono, pocket hands, and boots, stands on a hill overlooking Katsurahama Beach, gazing far out to sea at the Pacific Ocean.

【Watatsumi Shrine (Dragon King Palace) Nearby attractions】

Kochi Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum,Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine,Zenjimine Temple

【Watatsumi Shrine (Dragon King Palace) Access】

Manager’s Comments

Even if you do not have a red seal written down, you can get one at Wakamiya Hachiman Shrine, which is also a concurrent shrine, so I would like to receive one next time. The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum is within walking distance, and there are relatively many tourist spots in the area, so I think this is a spot that families and couples can fully enjoy.

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Watatsumi Shrine (Dragon King Palace)

Urato, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, 781-0262

※Paid parking available

Take a local bus from Minami Harimayabashi to the last stop of the bus bound for Katsurahama Beach, about 30 minutes, then a 5-minute walk to the beach.

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