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Address: 892-1, Nakatado-gun, Kotohira-cho 766-0001, Kagawa Prefecture
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A must-go in Shikoku

Among the 4 major islands of Japan, Shikoku is the most rural one, making it less famous to visitors to Japan. However, if you decide to step on this hidden gem, I would highly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Among the 4 major islands of Japan, Shikoku is the most rural one, making it less famous to visitors to Japan. However, if you decide to step on this hidden gem, I would highly recommend the Kompira Shrine. Unlike other shrines in Japan, Kompira was built on the mountain. There are more than 700 steps from the first gate on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I only have 1 day to spend in Kagawa. I decided to visit the temple which is well known in Japan. Try to plan for the whole day from Takamatsu. The temple is on top of a hill and hence plan to hike up slowly. It took me about 1 hrs from Kotohira station to the temple. I did it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

First thing is that it was a great pity we did not reserve enough time for exploring the WHOLE shrine because the thing is so large and extensive! There was one main route from Kotohira town up to this central shrine, yet many junctions where you can branch off to look at memorials, small buildings and natural scenery. We spent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

The first part of the walk uphill is relaxing with small souvenir shops along the ways. Once you reach the shrine, the rest of the journey for walking for another 800 steps is less exciting, and could be tiring. I picked up a walking stick and spent over 2 hours up to the top and another hour and a half... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

You can visit this shrine as a day trip from Takamatsu, the port that most people use to get to the art island Naoshima. It's worth adding some extra time in to do so. To get there take the Kotoden train from Kawaramachi station; there's one every half hour and it takes about 50 minutes. From Kotohari station it's a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

The shrines were built along the hill-road. To visit the topmost shrine, it required visitors to walks more than 1300 steps. Admittedly, it was challenging for some. However, once you went to the top and see the scenic view of Kotohira-cho, you would have to agree it was worthy of a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

A real treat to visit but unless this location holds a religious value for you, there are many many shrines and places of constructed beauty to visit that are much easier access. The walk up the 1300 odd steps is a reasonable task but in any case, a sweaty one. If you are hydrated and ready, then go but if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

It so hot and tired to complete the 1368 steps trip. But this beautiful place is worth to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

The temple is now named as Kowpirasan, very worth to walk upstairs slowly for over 1000 steps. Many temples you can walk through the route. We fortunately viewed the new wedding couples of their wedding ceremony in one of the temples.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Worth the climb! it may seem difficult but once you are half way up , its not that bad. I wanted to give up but an elderly lady simply walked straight past me and waved to me and this spurred me on. Enjoy the shrines on the way to the top and enjoy the lovely views. I loved the friendliness... More 

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