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The small town of Kotohira is worth visiting for two reasons. It is overlooked by a Shinto temple, Konpira-san, which was built in the 11C in honour of the kami Omono-nushi who watches over seafarers and fishermen. A long climb up more than 1 300 steps leads to the inner shrine, the Okusha, which stands on top of Mt Zozu (521m). On the way, take a look inside the Shoin (17C), whose walls are decorated with extremely fine painted panels, and in the Ema-do, a pavilion dedicated to the sea. Kotohira is also home to the Kanamaru-za, the country's oldest kabuki theatre (1835).

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  • Kotohira-gu shrine (Konpira-san) Recommended Recommended

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    Kotohira-gu shrine, frequently referred to as Konpira-san, attracts nearly 4 million pilgrims every year. It was built in the 11C in honour of the Omono-nushi kami who protects seamen and fishermen. A high 1,300-step climb leads to the inner shrine, ..

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  • Théâtre Kanamaru-za Interesting

    JPN - Kotohira 940-0038

    During the Edo period, playhouses, markets, lotteries and sumo matches entertained the pilgrims come to worship at the temple at Kotohira. Built in 1835, Kanamuru-za is the oldest remaining kabuki playhouse in Japan. Visitors can go backstage and adm..

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