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Kotohiragu Shrine

Known as "Konpira-san," it is one of the most famous spiritual spots in Shikoku.

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Shrine

The head shrine of Kotohira Shrine stands on Mt. Zozu. It is visited by about 4 million worshippers a year. The main deity, Oomononushinokami, has been known since before the Middle Ages as a guardian deity of maritime traffic and a deity that brings a bountiful harvest and prosperity of industry and culture.

The deity is enshrined in the main hall, built before the year 645. From the entrance to the main hall, long stone stairs stretch, 785 steps in all! Take them slowly with a wish in your heart, stopping at a spot with Kotohira Shrine’s art and cultural properties, or at cafes and the restaurant, Kamitsubaki. The popular yellow amulet is believed to bring happiness.

After a worship, stroll around the shrine town for eating and shopping at traditional and new shops. Kyuman cake, croquette, ice cream made of ingredients from nearby Sanuki Region, and other beautiful gourmet items and souvenirs, traditional and modern, are available.

Highlights

  • Climb 785 stone steps to the main hall with a wish in your heart.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Rental walking sticks available.
  • Blessings of harvest, business and safe voyage.
  • After a worship, visit the shrine town for souvenirs and gourmet joints!

Photos

  • The main hall at a plateau 251m above sea level

    The main hall at a plateau 251m above sea level

  • Many visitors rent a walking stick before the stone stairs

    Many visitors rent a walking stick before the stone stairs

  • The main hall has an observation deck with a view over Sanuki Plain and Sanuki Fuji

    The main hall has an observation deck with a view over Sanuki Plain and Sanuki Fuji

  • Sayabashi Bridge, used in rituals, is a national tangible cultural property

    Sayabashi Bridge, used in rituals, is a national tangible cultural property

Reviews

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  • Jessie Cheng

    先挑戰第一個785階樓梯,覺得體力還行在往1368階走,來回大概兩個小時,隔天會感到腿部肌肉酸痛。

  • 洪文祥

    去參觀完之後回來膝蓋痛了好幾天!

  • Jim Chen

    四國最有名的景點,1000多階樓梯每個人都爬得氣喘吁吁。

Details

Name in Japanese
金刀比羅宮
Postal Code
766-8501
Address
892-1 Kotohiracho, Nakatadogun, Kagawa
Telephone
0877-75-2121 (Kotohira Shrine office)
Closed
Open every day
Hours
6am - 6pm (Paid facilities: 9am - 4:30pm)
Admission
Free (Some facilities charge fees)
Directions
From JR Kotohira Station, walk 30 min. (to the front gate)
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
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