[Sukumo City, Kochi Prefecture] “Daruma Sunset” called the lucky sunset
At Sukumo Bay in Kochi Prefecture, you can enjoy a mirage called the Daruma Sunset from early November to mid-February. On winter evenings, just before the sun hits the sea, another shining red sun rises above the sea surface and connects with the real sun, giving it the appearance of a ``daruma''.
What is Daruma Sunset?
The Daruma Sunset in Sukumo Bay is a type of mirage that can be seen from early November to mid-February.
This mysterious phenomenon, in which light reflects at the boundary between the warm water vapor rising from the Kuroshio Current and the cold air, occurs about 20 times during a winter. Moreover, it becomes a perfect ``daruma'' only about 10 times. Over time, people have come to call the ``daruma sunset,'' which is not always seen, the ``lucky sunset.''
Where is Sukumo Bay?
Sukumo Bay is a bay that opens to the west of Sukumo City, Kochi Prefecture, and is home to Sukumo Bay Port, which is designated as an important port. The bay, which stretches approximately 10km wide and 8km deep, offers a view of the wide open Pacific Ocean, making it a spectacular spot for sunsets. The sight of the ocean turning bright red and the sun melting into gold as it sets is truly a sight to behold. Furthermore, the ``daruma sunset'' created when rare weather conditions come together has become a symbol of good luck.
Timing to see Daruma sunset
Time when the Daruma sunset can be seen (sunset = time when the sun has completely set)
*The sun becomes ``daruma'' for only 3 minutes before it hits the sea.
Please arrive at the beach 30 minutes before sunset to see the Daruma Sunset from start to finish.
Sukumo City tourist information
Sukumo City, Kochi Prefecture, is located at the southwestern tip of Shikoku, and is a very comfortable place to live, with a warm climate and surrounded by the rich nature of the sea, mountains, and rivers. Sukumo Bay, where you can enjoy the Daruma sunset, is said to be the cradle of fish and a natural fish farm, and the taste of the fish caught here is so exquisite.
If you would like to know more about Sukumo City, please refer to the following website.
*Sukumo City/Sukumo Tourism Association Official Website: https://sukumo-darumayuhi.jp/
The Hata region of Kochi Prefecture is located at the southwestern tip of Shikoku, and is a peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean, facing Tosa Bay to the east and Bungo Channel to the west. It is made up of three cities, two towns, and one village: Hara Village. It is a natural powerhouse rich in blessings, including the nationally famous Shimanto River and Cape Ashizuri, the blessings of the Kuroshio Current that flows along the coast, and the blessings of mountains that boast the largest area of forests in the country.
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