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Kompira-gu Shrine, Kotohira-cho

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Historic Site Religious Site
Climb the 785 steps to Kompira-gu Shrine, an ancient Shinto worship spot and popular pilgrimage destination. The strenuous uphill ascent attracts many Shinto devotees, who come to pay their respects to the spirit that protects sailors and fishermen. On the way up you'll encounter a variety of stores selling local delicacies and souvenirs. From the main shrine, situated halfway up Mount Zouzu, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the lush green surroundings, or you can continue to ascend 500 more steps to the inner shrine. Make Kompira-gu Shrine a part of your Kotohira-cho vacation plans using our Kotohira-cho travel itinerary planner.
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  • The temple of Kompira is very important for the Japanese and this spiritual dimension can escape to the uninitiated. Visiting this place only has meaning if we have the courage to climb to the top. This is a very beautiful and moving collection of ex-votos hung by sailors rescued from shipwrecks on the inland sea. This is also from the Summit you can enjoy the view extraordinary (in good weather) on the plain, the mountains and the sea in the distance. To choose, but outside the religious reasons for this visit, it's all or nothing.
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  • It was very hard and pillows sense of accomplishment. Go to the shrine and the scenery is nice and helpful. It needed to beat the heat, visit our kind God had put salt lozenges with icicles. Happy now ~ ~. Did not go to the shrine and time now is we want to go. Do not weaken the legs out, too.
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  • I'd be very good memories from the observation deck opened in the Middle East, up the stairs in the morning dark, quiet yet exposure to the Sun.
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Where to stay in Kotohira-cho

Accommodation in Kotohira-cho is plentiful due to the influx of tourists visiting the famous shrine, so you can choose from a number of hotels and traditional "ryokan" guesthouses, mostly concentrated near the shrine and the "onsen" hot spring resort. Both Western-style and "tatami" floor rooms can be found, or, if you don't wish to stay in town, you can take up lodging in nearby Takamatsu or in Okayama and take a day trip from there.
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