About Kotohiragu( 金刀比羅宮

Kotohira-gu Shrine, often referred to as 'Konpira-san,' holds a special place in the hearts of many, with a longstanding tradition that urges people to visit at least once in their lifetime.

It stands as Shikoku's foremost power spot and is the head shrine among approximately 600 Konpira Shrines across the nation.

Located on the mountainside of 'Mount Zozu,' the main shrine of Kotohira-gu commands breathtaking views.

One of the most famous features of Kotohira-gu Shrine is the long stone staircase that leads to the main shrine.

This daunting ascent consists of a total of 785 steps, taking about 30 to 40 minutes to climb without rest.

While it may be a bit challenging, climbing it with a smile is believed to draw good luck towards you.

Kotohira-gu Shrine, with its stunning natural surroundings and cultural significance, beckons both pilgrims and tourists to experience its unique charm.

It's a place where prayers for safety, prosperity, and well-being are answered.


The blessings of Kotohiragu

  • Safe Voyages: The shrine is a place where prayers for the safety of sea voyages are made, ensuring sailors return safely to their shores.
  • Abundant Fishing: Fishermen seek the shrine's blessings for bountiful catches and successful fishing.
  • Prosperous Harvests: Farmers pray for a rich harvest of the five grains, ensuring agricultural abundance.
  • Prosperous Business: Entrepreneurs and business owners come to seek success and prosperity in their ventures.
  • Healing from Illness: The shrine is also known for its healing powers, with visitors seeking relief from ailments.


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