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Kagawa | 6.0h
Explore a pilgrimage to Kagawa's two major power spots

The history of Kompira-san and Kukai, two major popular beliefs!

In the Kotohira area, located in the centre of Kagawa Prefecture, there are both a temple and a shrine believed to have great power, and are essential places when discussing Japanese folk beliefs: Kotohira-gu Shrine and Zentsuji Temple. 
Konpira-mairi, a pilgrimage to Kotohira-gu Shrine, dedicated to the god of the sea, was the only pilgrimage allowed in the Edo period, when ordinary citizens could not travel casually. This pilgrimage was widely admired and longed for, second only to Ise-mairi, a pilgrimage to Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture. 
Sohonzan Zentsuji Temple is known as the birthplace of Kobo-Daishi Kukai, and also a pilgrimage site, having long been considered a place of great faith. 
On this tour, you will visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and Zentsuji Temple in a single day, and experience the folk history of these sacred places. 
On the way, you will be able to savour a lunch of Sanuki udon noodles, which is an absolute must when you come to Kagawa, as well as a sake tasting experience. 
Take a trip to Kotohira and Zentsuji Temple to enjoy the majestic atmosphere of these sacred places, and learn about the deep-rooted faiths of Japan.


・Visit the two major power spots in Kagawa, Kotohira-gu Shrine and Zentsuji Temple, in a single day.
・Learn more about the history behind the folk beliefs represented by Kotohira and Zentsuji.
・You can visit shrines and temples while learning the proper etiquette.
・You can have a valuable experience of facing yourself in the dark on a tour of the Buddhist altars at Zentsuji Temple.
・The approach to the temple town is full of atmosphere, and you can enjoy a "Konpira strolling tour" of stores selling souvenirs that can only be bought here.
・You can enjoy a lunch of Sanuki udon, local food that you must try when you come to Kagawa, as well as a sake tasting experience.
・You can also try a footbath at Kompira Onsen to relax and unwind.


・Sanukinomiya Kagawa Gokoku Shrine: This shrine enshrines the heroic spirits of people from Kagawa Prefecture who have given their precious lives for their country during the Meiji Restoration. As the 12th of the 15 Sanuki shrines in existence, it is one of the representative shrines of Kagawa. Feel free to follow the shrine's instructions for worship.
・Sohonzan Zentsuji Temple: The 75th temple of the 88 sacred sites in Shikoku, and the head temple of the Zentsuji sect of Shingon Buddhism, known as the birthplace of Kobo-Daishi Kukai. Feel the source of the power of "Daishi-sama" as you tour the sights of the temple, in the spaceous grounds filled with clean air!
・Takadoro: This is the tallest wooden lantern in Japan, standing 27 metres high. It was once used as a lighthouse for ships sailing in the Seto Inland Sea, and is also a guiding light for sailors to worship Konpira Shrine. Start your "Konpira strolling tour" from this retro landmark. 
・Tentekomai: This restaurant is located at the entrance to Konpira Omotesando and serves authentic Sanuki udon. The udon soup is so light that you can drink it all up, and the noodles are so smooth that you can feel them slipping down your throat, making it the perfect place to eat before visiting Konpira. Enjoy an inexpensive, fast, and delicious lunch considered to be the pride of Kagawa!
・Kinryo-no-Sato: Located at the approach to Konpira Shrine, this is a sake museum and sales office, where you can take a tour of the restored white-walled sake brewery founded in 1789, and taste the famous "pure sake" Kinryo!
・Konpira Omotesando: At last, the road to Kotohira-gu Shrine begins here. There are 785 long stone steps from the Omotesando to the main shrine. Leisurely making your way through the bustling streets, you begin your "Konpira-mairi", beloved by the people for centuries! 
・Kotohira-gu Shrine Omon (Gate): At the end of the approach lined with souvenir stores lies the entrance gate to Kotohira-gu Shrine, named Kotohira-gu Omon, located on the 365th step. When you arrive at the gate, take a look back at the path you have taken for a beautiful view of the stone steps and the Sanuki Plain below!
・Kotohira-gu Shrine Asahi-no-Yashiro: We finally arrived at the 628th step! Asahi-no-Yashiro Shrine is said to have taken about 40 years to complete, and the magnificent double-height gabled shrine building will take your breath away. We recommend not yet visiting Asahi-no-Yashiro Shrine, but to do so on your way back after the main shrine, Gohongu. There are only 157 steps left to the main shrine!
・Kotohira-gu Shrine Gohongu (Main Shrine): After climbing up the last steps, you will finally arrive at the main sanctuary of Kotohira-gu Shrine! The shrine, dedicated to the God of the Sea, has been known as "Sanuki's Konpira Shrine" since ancient times. On a clear day, you can even see a spectacular view of the Seto Ohashi Bridge. Here, you can pay your respects.
・Kotohira Onsen Oyado Shikishima-kan Footbath: Good job on completing the "Konpira-mairi"! Soak away your fatigue at the free footbath facility facing the approach to the shrine, and enjoy the warm hot spring water as you reflect on today's tour.


・Please note that this tour consists of walking up hundreds of stone steps, and as such wheelchair users cannot participate. We apologise for the inconvenience.
・Some locations serve alcoholic beverages. Children are allowed to enter, but participants must be at least 20 years of age to consume alcohol.
・This tour feature long walking distances, so we recommend that you wear comfortable footwear.

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The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY2,300 /person)

Meeting Point

In front of the ticket gate of JR Zentsuji Station

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