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Kotohiragu Shrine

Travel Guide - Kotohiragu Shrine


Kotohiragu is one of the most revered Shinto shrines in Japan as the main shrine of Kotohira (or Konpira) Shrines across the country. Kotohiragu, or also called Kompira-san, was originally a temple dedicated to the guardian of mariners but became a shrine after the Shinbutsu-shugo (Syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism) during the Meiji Restoration (1867 - 1868).
Kotohiragu enshrines Konpira-gongen, the protectorate god of the sea. The shrine also enshrines Emperor Sutoku who was exiled to Sanuki (today's Kagawa) after the Hogen Rebellion in 1156. Visiting the shrine is called "Konpira-mairi" and it has been very popular since the Edo era (1603 – 1868). The main shrine of Kotohiragu stands halfway up 521 meters high Mt. Zozu-san. The approach to the shrine is a long flight of granite steps - total of 785 to the Hongu main hall and 1,368 to the innermost of the shrine. Carriers of a paid palanquin wait at the bottom to take up visitors who think the climb is too arduous.
The first notable landmark on the long climb is the O-mon Gate. Just to the right, beyond the gate, there is the temple's treasure house. A little further uphill is the reception hall known as Shoin. Built in 1659, it has some interesting screen paintings and a small garden.
Continuing the ascent, you eventually reach the large Asahi-no-Yashiro (Shrine of the Rising Sun). The hall, built in 1837 and dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu, is noted for its ornate woodcarving. From here, the short final ascent brings you to the Hongu main hall and the Ema-den Pavilion, the latter crowded with maritime offerings. Exhibits range from pictures of ships, both old and new, to models and even modern ship engines. The views from this level extend right down to the coast. Inexhaustible visitors can continue another 583 steps up to the Izutama-jinja Inner Shrine.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Open 24 hours
  • Treasure house: 8:30 - 17:00 *admission until 30 minutes before closing
  • Shoin reception hall: 8:30 - 17:00 *admission until 30 minutes before closing


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free
  • Treasure house (General Exhibiton): 800 yen (General, Adult); 400 yen (Student); Admission Free (Child)
  • Shoin reception hall (General Exhibiton): 800 yen (General, Adult); 400 yen (Student); Admission Free (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 50 minutes walk from JR Kotohira Station
  • 50 minutes walk from Kotoden-Kotohira Station on the Kotoden Kotohira Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 892-1, Kotohiracho, Kotohira-cho Nakatado-gun, Kagawa, 766-0001


GéoBalad' @GeoBalad - 2019-04-06
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Norbert Woehnl @norbertwoehnl - 2019-02-23
Evening Prayer, Toranomon Kotohiragu Shrine, #Tokyo #Japan. Shot with iPhone 6s. https://t.co/q2QqYygYNj https://t.co/dCpvmuvbRP
たなかんじ@インバウンドを呼び込もう @tanakanji - 2019-01-07
#Tokyo walking and visiting #shrine to make my wish for this new year :-) The second place is the nearest one from… https://t.co/f2vCrOAW3C
YOLO JAPAN @YoloJapan2016 - 2018-06-30
There is a temple close to our Tokyo office! 😍It is the Kotohiragu shrine. It's gates, Toranomon, are under a build… https://t.co/JkuRXvIzsY
Nippon.com @nippon_en - 2018-01-10
The Seven Gods of Fortune (standing) line up at a New Year festival at Toranomon Kotohiragū, a shrine opposite our… https://t.co/1Ja6GYsAmS
STU48 Members [English] @stu48_member_en - 2018-01-05
I went to Kotohiragu, or Konpira-san
in Kagawa

It had 1368 stairs

The shrine in the middle
Is of the deity of the… https://t.co/qnMuLNL3FM
まみやき @_mamiyaki - 2017-10-23
@asoutec I wonder if you would like to join us on a trip. We will be going to Mt Ishizuchi, Cape Ashizuri and Kotohiragu Shrine and more 😆
Space Japan @spacejapanjp - 2017-10-16
Kotohiragu Shrine(金刀比羅宮)
A Shinto shrine in Kagawa. This shrine is said to have been founded during the 1st century… https://t.co/Mkbk9w36tV
JapaneseSearch @japan4me - 2016-10-19
Visiting the Shrine of a 1000 Steps (Kotohira-gu) #Kotohiragu https://t.co/K0nAcQUXH6 https://t.co/7XMsiCxbwC
TimeOutTokyo @TimeOutTokyo - 2016-10-09
Kotohiragu Shrine's annual festival features a priest parade, traditional court music and Shinto dances:… https://t.co/jbZ6xWtTm4
David @ Ogijima @Ogijima - 2015-10-05
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ドロフィー Dordor @Rabbithychan - 2015-08-28
Day 3
Oboke Koboke sightseeing boat cruise
Got to know the formation of roc along the riverbank
Kotohiragu shrine http://t.co/4x6gxLwrbl
David @ Ogijima @Ogijima - 2015-08-20
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yu masui @yu1129 - 2015-07-18
☆It defo worths to walk up #785steps @ #Kotohiragu shrine aka '#Konpira-San' to experience #mystic atmosphere🙏#こんぴらさん http://t.co/tS7D1PMpKc
David @ Ogijima @Ogijima - 2015-06-12
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Kayo @TokyoLiberty - 2015-04-25
Toranomon Kotohiragu Shrine in #Tokyo #Japan. Wishing for family happiness & business success! http://t.co/PHmo007AYN


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