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Known as "Konpira-san," it is one of the most famous spiritual spots in Shikoku.
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.
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!
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 892-1 Kotohiracho, Nakatadogun, Kagawa
- 0877-75-2121 (Kotohira Shrine office)
- Open every day
- 6am - 6pm (Paid facilities: 9am - 4:30pm)
- Free (Some facilities charge fees)
- From JR Kotohira Station, walk 30 min. (to the front gate)
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)