Kotohira-gu Shrine (金刀比羅宮), also known as Konpira-san, is one of Shikoku’s top shrines, and a worthwhile side trip from Marugame. There is a bit of mystery behind it’s exact founding date, but it is known to have been a focal point for centuries. It is the head shrine many in the region, and therefore could be described better as a mountain complex of various shrines and monuments, surrounded by the trees. Take a walk up to see the Inner Shrine and some interesting sights along the way.
Open: 6am to 6pm (April to September), 6am to 5pm (October to March)
How to get there
From Marugame, take the Dosan Line to Kotohira station (23 mins, 360 yen). The trip is covered by the Shikoku Rail Pass and JR Japan Rail Pass. From the station, the main temple is 10-15 minutes walk.
Recommended hostels and cheap hotels
As it is a short train ride and there are more budget options, stay in Marugame.