Kotohira Travel Guide

  • Cherry tree snow - Kotohira.
    Cherry tree snow - Kotohira.
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  • Kompira-san
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  • Views over Kotohira.
    Views over Kotohira.
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Kotohira Things to Do

  • River walk.

    It was a pleasant walk from Kotohira Station along the river to Kompira-san. We passed by a sort of old wooden watch tower or signal tower on route.

  • Kompira-san.

    Kompira-san is also known as Kotohira-gu Shrine. It is the most important Shinto Shrine on Shikoku. It is located on the slopes of Mount Zozu-san, a 1,640 foot or 500M high hill.Kompira-san is dedicated to Omono-Nushi, the god of seafarers and travellers.To reach Kompira-san it is necessary to climb 785 stone steps. This takes around an hour...

  • Kinryo-no-sato Sake Museum

    Also close to Kompira-san Shrine there is a sake museum. This museum describes the different stages involved in sake production. We did not visit the inside of the museum. We just took photos of its overflowing sake bottle sign and its sake barrels.

  • Kanamaru-za Kabuki Theatre.

    Kanamaru-za Kabuki Theatre is located near the foot of Kompira-san Shrine. This is the oldest Kabuki Theatre in Japan. It dates from 1835 and was restored n the 1970s. Plays are still staged here every April.Kabuki is a traditional Japanese theatrical form which dates back to the Edo Period. It is one of Japan's three major theatrical forms along...

  • Kompira-san

    Those that are too old or infirm to climb the 785 stone steps to the top of Kompira-san can be carried up in a palanquin. We watched two bearers struggle up the hill carrying an old lady in one of these. It looked very much like hard work and made us feel that we had it easy just having to drag ourselves up the stairs.

  • Kompirasan Shrine

    Kompirasan is one of Japan's most famous shrines with its history beginning around the 1st century. It is famous for the large number of steps you have to ascend in order to reach the main shrine, located on Mount Zozu. From the bottom of the hill where to the shops are, it is 785 steps to get to the main shrine. If you really want to see...

  • "Sake" museum

    On the road from Kotohira station to Kompirasan, there is "sake" museum (japanese liquor).It is easy to find from the symbol as in the picture.

  • Nakano Udon Scool

    Kagawa prefecture is famous for Sanuki udon (white big noodles), and Kotohira is a place to make the udon. You can experience to make and boil of the noodles and to eat Sanuki Udon immediately after you cook it at the Nakano Udon School. When you finish the course, you are given a diploma, rolling pin (used to make noodles), and a sheet of secrets...

  • Kanamaruza Theater

    Kanamaruza is the oldest existing Kabuki Theater in Japan. It has been designated as a national important cultural asset. It was originally built as a lottery ticket stand as well as a theater.Kabuki is still perform here, every April-May. Entrance fee is 300 yen.


Kotohira Transportation

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    by Rabbityama Written Nov 5, 2011

    Kotohira is easily accessible by train and the main sites (Kompirasan and Kanamaruza Theater) are both within walking distance of JR Kotohira Station.

    From Takamatsu, you can take the JR Dosan Line directly to Kotohira Station. Kochi also has direct trains (limited express trains) to Kotohira.

    From Okayama, some of the express trains stop at Kotohira but alternatively, you can transfer at Sakaide to the JR Dosan Line.

    From Matsuyama, transfer at Tadotsu Station to the Dosan Line to reach Kotohira.

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  • The Views from Komira-san.

    The shrines and lanterns and horse statues of Kompira-san are interesting, but in addition there are lovely views from the shrine over Kotohira.

  • Cafes.

    We went into a cafe/souvenir shop near the bottom of Kompira-san Shrine for a well earned refreshing beer. The lady who served us was really friendly and pleasant. One of her customers came over and gave us little book marks and things he made.

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