Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Restaurants
Shopping
Jobs
Friends
News
-
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Restaurants
-
Shopping
-
Budget Travel
-
Questions

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Shikoku - Kotohira
Kompirasan 
# 1   of 2 most visited
sights in Kotohira

jump to:   access  -  ratings  -  links

Kompirasan's main hall

Kompirasan, formally known as Kotohiragu, is the main shrine of multiple Kompira shrines found around Japan that are dedicated to sailors and seafaring. Located on the wooded slope of Mount Zozu in Kotohira, the approach to Kompirasan is an arduous series of 1,368 stone steps.

Over many centuries, Kompirasan had been revered as a mixture between Shinto shrine and Buddhist temple, until it was officially declared a shrine in the beginning of the Meiji Period during government efforts to separate the two religions. Nevertheless, the former symbiosis is still visible in Kompirasan's architecture which displays both Shinto and Buddhist elements.

The path to Kompirasan
Stairs approaching Kompirasan's inner shrine

Despite being one of the most difficult shrine approaches in Japan, Kompirasan is a highly popular site visited by pilgrims from across the country. The approach begins amongst a touristy shopping arcade filled with souvenir shops and Sanuki Udon restaurants, from where it is a 785 step climb (about 45 minutes) past a number of auxiliary shrine buildings and museums to the main hall of the shrine.

Next to the main hall is a viewpoint overlooking Kotohira Town, and the Ema Hall which displays plates and pictures of ships, battleships and even space rockets whose crews sought the protection of the shrine. Interestingly, a real mini submarine is also on display.

Most visitors only make it up to the main hall; however, for the adventurous it is an additional 583 steps (an additional 45 minutes) along a paved, forested path to the inner shrine (Okusha) of the complex. Those unable (or unwilling) to make the climb, can hire a palanquin (5300 yen one way or 6500 yen round trip) up to the main hall or take a bus (see details below).

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

How to get there
The start of the long approach to Kompirasan is a 10 to 15 minute walk from JR Kotohira and Kotoden Kotohira Stations.

Alternatively, buses depart from both Kotoden Kotohira and JR Kotohira Stations for Kompirasan. Buses depart hourly and go as far as the main gate of the shrine about halfway up to Kompirasan's main hall. The one way fare is 500 yen per person, and reservations must be made in advance (0877-73-2221).

How to get to and around Kotohira

Advertisement

User Ratings
Ratings for Kompirasan:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  outstanding  
User Rating (by 91 users):
83/100
  recommended

Best rated sights nationwide (out of 785):
241.  Furano Ski Area (Furano)   83/100
242.  Amanohashidate (Amanohashidate)   83/100
243.  Nariaiji Temple (Amanohashidate)   83/100
244.  Soya Sauce (Shodoshima)   83/100
245.  Shiraito Falls (Fujinomiya)   83/100
246.  Kompirasan (Kotohira)   83/100
247.  Minami (Namba) (Osaka)   83/100
248.  Daikakuji Temple (Kyoto)   83/100
249.  Hikone Castle (Hikone)   83/100
250.  Town Center (Kinosaki)   83/100
Most visited sights nationwide (out of 913):
321.  Ivy Square (Kurashiki)   208
322.  Tsumago (Kiso Valley)   207
323.  Magome (Kiso Valley)   205
324.  Minoo Park (Osaka)   205
325.  Lake Mashu (Akan National Park)   204
326.  Kompirasan (Kotohira)   203
327.  Takasaki Monkey Park (Beppu)   203
328.  Meiji Mura (Inuyama)   202
329.  Zao Ski Resort (Zao)   201
330.  Oyama Shrine (Kanazawa)   201

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

Japanese Links
Kompirasan
Official website.
Koto Bus
Official website of the buses to that run to the main gate of Kompirasan.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages

Most Recent Autumn Color Report
October 24
Fuji
more reports...

News and Reports
April 11, 2011
Takamatsu Cherry Blossom Report
by schauwecker

Related Questions
Kotohiragu and Takamatsu in 1 day trip?
 5 reactions, last updated 143 days ago
Why can't lovers visit Konpirasan in...
 1 reaction, last updated 754 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: February 13, 2013
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - Lɂ‚ - advertising