The Holy Rock Gotobiki Iwa, Shingu

A gigantic stone and incredible view at Kamikura-jinja

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

In Japan, things of nature that are large and beautiful are treated with awe and respect and are often venerated as being holy. This holy rock, Gotobiki Iwa (within Kamikura Shrine) is no exception. Before my visit, I didn't quite know what to expect. But when I finally made it up that long difficult climb, I was totally awed. It IS large, and it IS beautiful, and the view IS incredible. Come and see it!

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: