The hair burned under the scorching sun, seeing the "ice steps" of Goo Shrine, I really want to rush all over and enjoy the coolness. It's a pity that this kind of coolness can only be viewed from a distance, but cannot be experienced up close. After Hiroshi Sugimoto renovated the Goo Shrine in the Edo period, the most special place is this glass step, which looks like a block of ice about to melt under the scorching sun. It is transparent and flawless, as if it will melt into the soil at any time.
Go straight along the straight line from the tram station, but there is a torii gate like a passage, but from there it is a residential area, so you can see restaurants and so on on the way. This is a shrine, and because it is not crowded, it is a quiet way to the shrine. I can access it slowly.
Goo Shrine is very hidden, you have to enter from the path diagonally across from the Ando Museum. The shrine is small, but the most interesting thing is that the glass staircase, like a pile of big ice blocks that will never melt, exudes refreshing coolness under the hot sun. The front of the glass steps is covered with pebbles, so that visitors cannot get too close. The steps extend all the way to the ground, and people can't help but wonder what's down there?
Among the many artworks planned by the Naoshima family, my favorite is Goo Shrine. The temple is small and hard to find. Anyway, it is on the steps next to the Torii opposite the Tadao Ando Museum. Goo Shrine is the work of Hiroshi Sugimoto, a well-known Japanese photographer. The most important point is that in front of a shrine covered with pebbles, there is a transparent staircase connecting the shrine and the underground stone chamber, reflecting the meaning of the connection between the gods and the underworld. It is said that this section of stairs is made of glass material containing crystal components of the camera lens, which looks like crystal clear ice cubes.