Konpirasan in Kotohira

 

The final act of that day (May 21, 2009) was spent in the village of Kotohira where we visited the Konpirasan, a large Shinto shrine built on the mountain. Definitely the most beautiful thing I have seen during that first trip to Japan, and still one of my favorites two years and three more trips later.

(As I transcribe what I had written back then, and that I didn’t know any details about the shrine at the time – and not much about Shintoism either – I won’t give you much more information about Konpirasan for now. This will come in a later post, just be patient).

 

Konpirasan
The first steps. There are 1368 to the top.

 

Kotohiragu - main shrine
The main shrine, barely halfway through.

 

 

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