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This famous shrine is also known as Konpira-san. It is the head shrine of all similarly-named "Kotohira" or "Konpira" shrines in Japan, and has been worshiped since ancient times as "the God of the Sea".
There is an extremely long staircase, consisting of 1,368 steps. The area around the shrine is crowded with many shops such as cafes, teahouses, souvenir shops and udon restaurants. You can rent a walking stick and go for a stroll or take a ride in a "kago" palanquin and enjoy the sights as you are carried around.
Shodoshima is about one hour by ferry from Takamatsu Port. Its year-round warm climate has led it to be called “the Mediterranean of Japan.” People are attracted to its beautiful scenic spots, such as "Angel Road", where a sand bar appears at low tide, and "Kankakei Gorge", which is considered one of the most spectacular gorges in Japan.
The traditions of making hand-stretched somen noodles and soy sauce have thrived in Shodoshima for over 400 years.
The Yoshino River, located in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture, is famous for its world-class rapids. The experience-based "rafting" attracts 40,000 tourists every year, and many come to enjoy the famous world-class torrents and river journeys.
In addition, the emerald green transparent water captivates the hearts of many rafting lovers.
In 2017, the World Rafting Championship was held in Miyoshi, and the city continues to bustle with people from all over world.