Japan boasts over 3000 Shirayama shrines throughout the archipelago, but the atmospheric shrine here in Ishikawa is the main branch. Known to the locals as simply Shirayama-san, the complex is reached by climbing numerous stairs and passing through a small forest of cedar trees, many dating back over a millenium.
The shrine's treasure hall contains numerous items that have been designated as important cultural assets. The hall can be visited from 9:00am-4:00pm for a fee of ¥300.
Japan resident for 10 years, with time spent in Okinawa, Kumamoto and Tokyo.