Commonly known as Konpira-san, Kotohira-gu is the head shrine of “Kotohira” or “Konpira” shrines in Japan and enshrines a deity of the sea. A total of 1,368 steps lead up to the shrine, with the Main Shrine located halfway up. Be sure not to miss the wonderful paintings on the ceiling of this shrine. On certain festival days you can see the priests and shrine maidens dancing in traditional clothes.
Visitors not thrilled by the steep and lengthy ascent will be happy to know that a palanquin-type basket, carried by two strong men, can be hired to take you up the first 365 stone steps! Called a kago, this form of transportation can’t be experienced anywhere else in Japan, so take advantage of it to rest your feet a while and pretend you are back in the Edo period!