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Kotohira-gu, Kotohira-cho

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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 
    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
    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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  • This shrine is a good place to go hiking and shopping. There is a lot of beautiful nature. Also, near the top you can get a great view of the city. I recommend getting drunk before hiking. Being drunk is fun. Hiking while drunk is even more fun. The only issue is that you may have some difficulty recalling the hike if you’re too drunk. That’s okay. Your photos will remind you.
  • The day we decided to climb the hundreds of steps to this shrine just happened to be one of the hottest and sunniest days of the summer. But it was still worth it considering the beautiful scenery along the way. We loved the main shrine most of all. It's is gorgeous and surprisingly wide. Those who make the climb should grab bottles of water in the lower area where the shops are located; it becomes difficult to find anything to drink once you are in the more natural setting. Also, there is a spot in the middle where birds will land on your hand if you stick your arm out with your palm facing upward. They are looking for food, so take some sunflower seeds with you! And many folks bring a cane or walking stick to help with the climb up the stairs. Our nearby hotel loaned canes to us, but they can also be found for sale in some of the shops at the base of the hill. Overall, expect a tiring but fulfilling experience.

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