Kotohira-gu Shrine

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)

Price: FREE

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.


Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.