Kamitsubaki Cafe at Kotohira-gu
The project is located in Japan.
Microthin Stone Honeycomb Panel were installed on the top ceiling and wall In Kamitsubaki Cafe, material supplied on May. 2007.
Material was tested strictly by group of expert in Japan.
Kotohira-gū (金刀比羅宮) (also known as Konpira-dai-gongen (金比羅大権現), Konpira-san (こんぴらさん), or Konpira Shrine in English) is a Shinto shrine in the town of Kotohira in Nakatado District, Kagawa, Japan. This shrine is patron of sea ship transport and sailor.
Located at 521 metres (1,709 ft) halfway to the top of Mount Zōzu, the shrine stands at the end of a long path, with 785 steps to the main shrine and a total of 1368 steps to the inner shrine. Since the Muromachi period, pilgrimages to the shrine became popular, and even today usually hundreds of visitors in a day climb the steps of Mount Zōzu. On the way to the shrine is a sake museum, stores, and stones with the names of donors carved in kanji.
Before the Meiji period, Kotohira Shrine was also a Buddhist site as well.
Visiting the famous Kotohira-gu shrine — nicknamed Konpira-san — is a challenge for travelers. To reach this sacred place halfway up 521-meter-high Zouzu-san (Mt. Zouzu), you have to climb a long staircase of 785 stone steps. Then, to reach Izutama-jinja (Izutama shrine) located at the mountaintop, you must climb 1,368 additional stone steps. Since this is one of the most difficult shrine/temple roads (sando) in Japan, you may encounter many visitors using bamboo canes for support. However, those who complete this arduous climb are rewarded by the spectacle of the gorgeous main shrine and stunning views from the summit. It is indeed a satisfying experience for anyone who surmounts this difficult challenge.
The attraction of Kotohira-gu pilgrimage is not only its holy site and scenic grandeur but also the opportunity to enjoy traditional arts during the climb. Historical buildings are situated here and there along paths inside the shrine premises. One such edifice called Omote-shoin exhibits paintings (shoheki-ga) by Oukyo Maruyama (1733-1795), a noted figure in Japanese painting arts. Omote-shoin is considered a precious space for his fusuma-e (sliding door paintings) as well as for Japanese traditional architecture. You can also visit the Homotsu-kan treasury house museum to see the Juuichimen-kannon-ritsuzo (standing statue of the 11-faced Deity of Mercy), which is listed as an Important Cultural Property.
If you need to take a break while climbing the mountain, go to Kamitsubaki — the only café located within the venue. First floor is a bright café space with large glass windows, and the basement is an elegant Western-style restaurant hosted by the longtime Shiseido Parlor establishment. Kamitsubaki is recommended for both full lunch and coffee break with sweets. Please note that dinnertime service requires reservations.