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Kotohira-gu Shrine

One of the most popular shrines in Japan

  • Main ShrineMain Shrine
  • Omon GateOmon Gate
  • Takahashi Yuichi MuseumTakahashi Yuichi Museum
  • Shoin (drawing room)Shoin (drawing room)
  • Tora no ma(Room of tigers) by Maruyama OkyoTora no ma(Room of tigers) by Maruyama Okyo
  • Asahi ShrineAsahi Shrine
  • View of Sanuki Plain from Kotohira-gu ShrineView of Sanuki Plain from Kotohira-gu Shrine
  • Okasai (Cherry Blossom Festival)Okasai (Cherry Blossom Festival)
  • Autumn leavesAutumn leaves

This is a popular shrine, commonly known as Konpira-san. It is the head shrine of "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.
At the mid-way point, you will find the Main Shrine. The shrine is dedicated to many gods including the gods of agriculture, livestock, medicine and marine safety. There are wonderful paintings on the ceiling of the main shrine. On certain festival days you can see the priests and shrine maidens dancing in traditional clothes. You can also purchase a beautiful Kofuku no Kiiroi Omamori (Yellow Charm of Happiness).

Basic Information

Address 892-1 Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun
Telephone Number 0877-75-2121
Website Visit Website (Japanese only)
Business Hours Museum 8:30-17:00
(Last entry 16:30)
Closed Open all year round
Fee Worship is free, museum permanent exhibition entrance 800 yen (varies by exhibition)
Time Required Approx. 60 minutes for worship
Directions ■By Rail
60 minutes from JR Takamatsu Station on the Dosan Line. A 10-minute walk from JR Kotohira Station.
Approx. 60 minutes from Kotoden Takamatsu Station on the Kotohira Line. Approx. 5 minutes from Kotoden Kotohira Station by car.
■By Car
Approx. 15 minutes from Zentsuji IC by car
■Airport Limousine Bus
Approx. 45 minutes from Takamatsu Airport to JR Kotohira Station, a 10-minute walk from JR Kotohira Station
Parking District managed paid parking lot available nearby
*Large buses accepted

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