Lots of Blessings to Receive! 5 Recommended Spots in Shikoku, A Region Crammed with Power Spots
There are a lot of power spots in Shikoku, a place surrounded by a beautiful sea and abundant nature which will provide you with numerous graces. Here are 5 special spots in particular.
1. Kotohira-gu (Kagawa)
This shrine also goes by the name of "Konpira-san." A sea transport deity guards this shrine and is still widely venerated today. In the recent years, this has been a power spot for praying for luck in one's business as well as for one's marriage. This shrine is located on the mountainside and the stone steps that lead to it are difficult to climb even for adults.There are 1,300 steps between the main to inner shrine. However, the atmosphere of this solemn shrine along with the view will cleanse your spirits and give you some of its power. The shops nearby also have bamboo rods for rent if you have difficulty climbing the stone steps.
2. Ishizuchi Shrine (Ehime)
Mt. Ishizuchi is known for being one of Japan's Seven Holy Mountains and has the highest altitude in the western part of the country. After En no Ozunu, the father of Shugendo (a religion unique to Japan where one trains by the mountain to reach enlightenment), founded this mountain, the training spot has since then become a shintai (object of worship) that guards this renowned mountain. This shrine provides a clear yet mysterious atmosphere which is what precisely makes it a pronominal power spot. You may avail of public transport to get from the main shrine to the Jouju-sha. However, please be careful as the rear shrine located at the top of the mountain is at an altitude of 1,982m and has a rocky stretch that you must climb.
3. Otonashi Shrine (Kochi)
This shrine is considered as an important cultural property in Japan. This shrine, located along the Uranouchi Bay in Kochi, is also known as "Tosa no Miyajima" as the path leading to its entrance stretches toward the sea. This shrine may have been named "otonashi" (quiet) because of how people wished for the sea to be tranquil, but this place also serves as a power spot for marriages and not just fishery. You may also go here to pray for luck in love as well as good relationships at work. You should visit this shrine if you're having trouble in your social life.
4. Kose Ishizuchi Shrine (Kagawa)
Shodo Island is located at the Seto Inland Sea and was once a stone quarry. Kose Ishizuchi Shrine, which is located on this island, venerates the gigantic stones. However, you would think that these stones that serve as objects of worship would simply get blown away. The two gigantic stones that overlap one another at the edge of the sheer cliff maintain superb balance and seem to be supported by a mystical power, despite suspicions that they may fall. Furthermore, you may also have a view of the Seto Island Sea from the very top. Please take the chance to gaze as the sea and receive power from these gigantic stones.
5. Ryugado Cave (Kochi)
Ryugado is one of Japan's three main limestone caves. It is 4km as a whole, but only about 1km serves as a walking route. The limestones give the inside of the cave a dreamy and mysterious feel to it. What is more is that it is a water power sport with a strong feminine and earth-like energy. Going here would make you feel a special type of power. Try going here for a refreshing time whilst taking deep breaths as you take a leisure walk, as this cave provides a spiritual cleansing effect.
You can find a lot of power spots at Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples, as well as other scenic spots. Please receive some power from these places as you travel, as there are many popular sightseeing spots to visit.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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