Kotohira-gu, Kotohira-cho

Must see · Historic Site · Religious Site
Climb the 785 steps to Kotohira-gu, 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. A visit to Kotohira-gu represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kotohira-cho tour builder site to plot your vacation.
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  • I went during momiji (red leaves) time so it was very beautiful. Some said it's very hard to walk up, but because there are areas for stops throughout I didn't find it bad  more »
  • It's 785 steps to the Main Shrine with plenty of things to see on the way up. It's then another 583 steps to the Inner Shrine at the top where you can buys amulets not available anywhere else. It's a....  more »
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  • Good place to hike n visit when travel 琴平,it is a must item and along those 1360 walking steps, lots of souvenir shops nearby. And you can have rest for ice cream, drinks. Please remember to bring along a wooden stick which ¥100 for supporting your hiking. Bring along one or 2 towels cos this hike keep crazily sweating. You may wanna bring 1 more t shirt for change. In the middle there are Shiseido cafe where is a very good restuarant to enjoy food. And high class lunch with reasonable price indeed.
  • Very much a must-see if you can get out there. The shrines are beautiful, the stairs are a bit steep but if you just take your time and enjoy each portion you'll be fine. Lots of mini shops on the way up, and terrific scenery all the way. Very fun in the New Year's season. Highly recommended.

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