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Paul R wrote a review Oct 2019
Brisbane, Australia122 contributions29 helpful votes
We started early before the crowds and tour groups turned up. Plenty of steps but wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Good accommodation options within easy walk of the start of the shrine. Make sure you stop on the way back at the bottom flat section to bath those weary feet. Just on the left about 100 metres from the end of the mall.…
Date of experience: October 2019
Warner L wrote a review Mar 2018
Pasadena, California660 contributions114 helpful votes
This small town has some nice ryokans, a famous temple complex, a nice shopping area extending from town up the hill toward the temple and several a couple local sites.
Date of experience: March 2018
sam3381 wrote a review Dec 2016
Hong Kong, China72 contributions12 helpful votes
small town with a few onsen hotels, a stop over for those wanting to go to the shrine on the hill top.
This is a touristic small town in the day time but becomes very quite in the evening. I spent a day there many for a half-day walk up the hill to a shrine. The walk uphill takes at least 2 hours covering 1368 steps, to be exact.
Date of experience: April 2016
stism wrote a review Nov 2016
Grenoble, France1,362 contributions159 helpful votes
This religious festival is scheduled yearly in Kotohira from Oct 9 through 1. Among the different events, a nightly parade is very popular. Hundreds of local people join the monks and march down the shrine through the city wearing beautiful costumes. They re-enact events which happened centuries ago. Really scenic (see pictures)…
Date of experience: October 2016
felix v wrote a review Jul 2014
Utrecht, The Netherlands10 contributions15 helpful votes
The Shinto Shrine is definitely worth visiting. It's a beautifull Shrine and it's more than worth the climb up the several hundred stairs. After you've visited the shrine, leave Kotohira as soon as possible. The town is a touristtrap and a dreadfull place to stay the night. It's better to visit it on a daytrip from Takamatsu. …
Date of experience: July 2014