Mysterious Stairs. Where do they lead…?

A tough one to classify. Should I file it under Buddhism or Shinto? Because it’s… both.

Shinto is the native religion of Japan and also the State religion, but in the past Buddhism was much more powerful. So powerful, in fact, that it almost completely absorbed Shinto at one point. This is no longer the case, and today they are officially separate, but the signs of their relationship remain. It is because of this merging that you can still find bits of each religion in the other. Such as this place. It has both a Buddhist temple (and grave yard), and a Shinto shrine on the same grounds.

I liked this staircase. Well worn and somewhat mysterious due to not being able to see where it leads.



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