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Kotohira-cho

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Things to do: historic sites, nightlife, sightseeing
Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities. Any trip to Kotohira-cho must include a tour of the shrine, famously perched on top of a steep hill, requiring a long climb. Other things to do in Kotohira-cho are scarce, but nevertheless include a couple of museums, seeing a performance in a traditional "kabuki" theater, or taking a dip in the "onsen" bathhouse. While in town, don't forget to sample the Sanuki noodles, wheat udon with a local twist. When using our Japan holiday planner, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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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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