This is Japan's oldest kabuki playhouse, though it had a lengthy stint as a cinema before falling out of use. Nowadays it has sporadic shows, but can be visited daily. The restorations are superb; wander backstage a…
This sake museum, located along the main approach to the shrine, is in the old premises of a brewery that has owned the building since 1789. There's an English leaflet explaining the sake-making process, but sadly, …
The first notable landmark on the long climb at Konpira-san is Ō-mon, a stone gateway that leads to Hōmotsu-kan, where the collection of treasures is pretty underwhelming for such a major shrine.
The first notable landmark on the long climb at Konpira-san is Ō-mon, a stone gateway that leads to Hōmotsu-kan.
Shoin is a designated National Treasure that dates from 1659. It has some interesting screen paintings and a small garden.
Built in 1837, this large hall is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu, and is noted for its ornate wood-carving.
At 27m, this is the highest wooden lantern in Japan, originally built to guide ships sailing on the Inland Sea.
Ema-dō is filled with maritime offerings ranging from pictures of ships and models to modern ship engines.
The short final ascent at Konpira-san, which is the most beautiful leg of the walk, brings you to Gohonsha.