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Power Places: 1,368 Steps to Konpira-san
By Lee Dobson
Power Places: 1,368 Steps to Konpira-san
Affectionately known as “Konpira-san,” Kagawa’s Kotohira-gu Shrine is believed to be one of Japan’s power spots and home to a god that protects sailors. Curious travelers who climb the 1,368 steps arrive at a sacred place touched by both Shintoism and Buddhism. 
On the wooded slopes of Mt. Zozu sits a shrine where one can experience both the purity and sanctity of Shintoism and the hope of Buddhism. It is a place to commune with nature, and if you dare, look inwardly. 
The journey to Kotohira-gu, a shrine in the Kotohira Region of Kagawa Prefecture, involves a long, enjoyable approach from Kotohira Station flanked by shops selling local goodies such as sanuki udon and soy-flavored ice cream, as well as locally made figures and trinkets, charms and talismans.
Enjoy Issue #53 of Outdoor Japan Traveler magazine. The Autumn 2014 Issue is packed full of stand-up fun, from Lake Tahoe to Japan’s Great Lakes and The Waterman League’s first Asia tour event right in our backyard, the Shonan Chigasaki Pro. We also head south to Amazing Amami, run and climb over rocks, visit one of Japan’s power places, continue island hopping around Micronesia and more. Autumn is a spectacular season for travel and outdoor adventures and we hope you will get out, standup and enjoy the splendor before winter creeps in.