Kotohira-gū (Konpira-san) is a Shinto shrine in the town of Kotohira in Nakatado District, Kagawa, Japan. This shrine is patron of sea ship transport and sailor. Konpira shrine at Kagawa pref. is known for the magnificent cherry trees as well as protectorate god of the sea. You can go there by local train Kotoden.
Kotohira Shrine (popularly known as Konpira-san).
Place : 892-1 Kotohira town, Tadotsu gun Kagawa pref. [Google Maps]
Kotohira is a town located in Nakatado District, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. The town is best known as the site of Shikoku’s largest shrine complex, the Kotohira Shrine (popularly known as Konpira-san).
Kotohira-gū (also known as Konpira-dai-gongen, Konpira-san, or Konpira Shrine in English) is a Shinto shrine in the town of Kotohira in Nakatado District, Kagawa, Japan. This shrine is patron of sea ship transport and sailor.
Located at 521 metres (1,709 ft) halfway to the top of Mount Zōzu, the shrine stands at the end of a long path, with 785 steps to the main shrine and a total of 1368 steps to the inner shrine. Since the Muromachi period, pilgrimages to the shrine became popular, and even today usually hundreds of visitors in a day climb the steps of Mount Zōzu. On the way to the shrine is a sake museum, stores, and stones with the names of donors carved in kanji.
Before the Meiji period, Kotohira Shrine was also a Buddhist site as well.
It is said to have been founded during the 1st century.
The principal kami of the shrine is Ō-mono-nushi-no-mikoto, a spirit associated with seafaring (also referred to as the Buddhist deity Konpira). In 1165 the spirit of Sutoku-Tennō was also enshrined.
Before the Meiji period it was known as Konpira-Daigongen, and it stood at the head of the nationwide group of shrines bearing the names Kompira and Kotohira. The ema hall is the site of prayers for safe seafaring.
From 1871 through 1946, Kotohira was officially designated one of the Kokuhei Chūsha, meaning that it stood in the mid-range of ranked, nationally significant shrines.