After Hana no Iwaya, we went to Kamikura Shrine, where the first god is said to have descended to Earth. Kamikura Shrine is an original shrine of Kumano Hayatama Shrine, located nearly 100m up with 538 steep steps. If you want to see the shrine, you need to take the  steep staircase. There was a warning to visitors to make sure of their physical condition. The view from the top of Kamikura shrine was so astonishing.

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Starting point

Steep slope

Steep slope

After a few hundreds steps, the terrain was getting less steep. Kamikura Shrine is dedicated to a gigantic rock as a sacred object called Gotobiki-iwa. Kamikura shrine is said to be where the Kumano gods descended from the heavens. People wish descendant prosperity to Gotobiki-iwa.

Gotobiki-iwa

Gotobiki-iwa

After climbing Kamikura shrine, we went to a Naka gori shop to eat shaved ice. Naka gori shops have many flavors of shaved ice. Wakayama Prefecture is famous for various kinds of citrus and Naka gori shops make original citrus syrups.

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Naka gori shop

Watermelon shaved ice at Naka gori shop

Watermelon shaved ice at Naka gori shop

Jabara citrus shaved ice at Naka gori shop